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 […]

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 Basics: Ripeness, Storage & Flavor – Heirloom Tomato

  You’re in for a treat. Unlike those hard, uniform tomatoes you get at your grocery*, your fruit will come in a wide range of shapes, and its flavors will be so much better. Let’s get started! Ripeness & Storage: You may love fried green tomatoes (we do), but in general, the key to great fruit is picking it when […]

Heirloom Tomato Collections

Each Collection Contains: • Sturdy Organic Heirloom Tomato Plants • Sure-Gro™ Organic Tomato Food • Helpful Instructions • Plant ID Tags for Each Plant Windowbox Wonders For Containers. On porch, deck or fire escape, these powerful heirlooms will give you maximum tomatoes in minimum space. Put a few big pots in a sunny spot, and you’ll be picking tomatoes all […]

Tomato Seed Growing Problems

What is an Heirloom Tomato? Tomato terminology Growing Tomato Seed Growing Tomato Plants Growing Tomato Seed Problems Trellising your tomato plants Watering and plant fertilization Soil amendments Plant disease and pest management Harvesting your tomatoes Cleaning and storing tomato seeds Hot House Tomato Growing   Being a gardener comes with the understanding that, for the most part, you are in […]

Heirloom Tomato Plant Terms

1. Pick heirloom seeds from the Tomato Collections or individual heirloom tomato plants. 2. Review our basic growing guide and consult our helpful experts for specific advice. Detailed tomato growing information for the hot house or home grower. 3. Enjoy your harvest with some of our delicious recipes (and share yours)! Order Heirloom Tomato Seeds Tomato Seed Collections Heirloom Tomato […]

Tricolor Salad – Heirloom Tomato

  Ingredients: Several medium tomatoes 1/2 pound of authentic mozzarella cheese one bunch, fresh sweet basil leaves olive oil salt and pepper to taste Preparation: Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella. Place them on a plate, alternating between tomato and cheese slices so you have an attractive arrangement. Drizzle with liberal amounts of olive oil and garnish heavily with fresh basil […]