Garden, Ring-a-Round the Tree Plan

  A lone tree begs to be underplanted. You can be a lot more creative than simply surrounding it with Ivy, Pachysandra or Vinca. Here, Caladiums are the scene-stealers. (Actually, we prefer their common name, “Rainbow Plants,” because no two leaves are ever identical. They add lively color to shaded areas.) Astilbes heighten the red and pink color emphasis. Hostas [...]

Tomato Butter – Heirloom Tomato

  Ingredients: 10 pounds of ripe tomatoes, skinned 4 pounds granulated sugar 3 pounds sour apples, sliced fine 1 quart of vinegar 1/4 ounce mace 1/2 ounce ginger 1/4 ounce whole cloves 1 ounce stick of cinnamon Preparation: Put spice in a thin bag; put all the ingredients together, and boil until quite thick, stirring frequently to keep from burning. [...]

Garden, Lamppost Full-Circle Plan

Garden, Lamppost Full-Circle An elegant touch for any landscape is a lamppost surrounded by beautiful perennials. You don’t even need a lamppost to create this floral display. You can substitute a signpost, small tree, trelllis or a metal or wooden post with a decorative top. (Consider, for example, a post topped by a charming weather vane.) To create an easy-care [...]

Garden Plan, Versatile Corner

into a beautiful perennial display with the colorful plants selected for this Versatile Corner Garden. While the diagram is designed to fit in an 8′ x 8′ area, the 14 plants can be arranged on a corner or a home or in dozens of different ways in any shaped area of approximately 64 sq. ft. and still benefit from the [...]

How to build a Fence

Building a fence? Two things are very important in the garden. They are privacy and shelter. The latter is often a problem in gardens which are exposed to cold prevailing winds. Both these points are important not only for the gardener himself, but also for the plants in his garden. Young growth can be severely damaged by cold winds and [...]

Gooseberry – Growing and Harvesting

Gooseberries The gooseberry, Ribes grossularia, is native to Britain where it has been cultivated since the thirteenth century at least. Being self-fertile and productive, it is ideal for the small garden. Gooseberries excel in the cooler areas of the Midlands and North. They are tolerant of most soils but not of water logging. Growth may be weak on poor gravel [...]

Tomato Plant Request – Heirloom List

  Tomato Seeds not Tomato Plants! Why should you wait for a tomato plant or an heirloom tomato plant when you can get the seeds today. Backyardgardener.com is proud to offer a great selection of heirlooms!   Tomato Seed list     1884 Heirloom Tomato Seeds Abe Lincoln Heirloom Tomato Seeds Ace 55-Tomato Seeds Airyleaf Heirloom Tomato Seeds Aker’s West [...]

Tomato Help, Recipes and Growing Tips – Heirloom Tomato

You say tom-ay-to, I say tom-ah-to. Do you have a million tomato questions, or even just one? You’ve come to the right place. Our resident experts will personally answer your questions and give you the resources you’ll need to grow award-winning heirlooms! For concerns about tomato care, check out our easy Tomato Care Guide, and on the fun side, check [...]

Tomato Pickle – Heirloom Tomato

Ingredients: 3 quarts green tomatoes, chopped 1 quart ripe tomatoes, chopped fine 3 small bunches of celery, chopped very 1 quart small green cucumbers, chopped 6 medium-sized onions, chopped 1 large ripe cucumber, chopped 4 green peppers, chopped 7 cups vinegar 4 red peppers, chopped 1 teaspoon mustard 1 pound cabbage, chopped 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/3 cup salt 1 [...]

Green Tomato Pizza – Heirloom Tomato

  Ingredients: Pizza dough for one pizza, purchased or home made. Green tomatoes Feta cheese, crumbled One thinly sliced red onion, if desired Extra-virgin olive oil Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 F. Stretch out the pizza dough. If the dough gets too elastic and won’t stay stretched, refrigerate it for about 10 minutes and try again. Meanwhile, thinly slice the [...]