Tag: Tomatoes

winter tomatoes can also be good

Now, if the previous post made you long for summer tomatoes, here is a recipe for the next best thing — a roasted tomato and bean appetizer to put on crusty bread, using winter cherry tomatoes (even ones that are past their prime). 12 ounces cherry tomatoes (fine if they are past their prime) 1/4 …

Let’s talk about summer tomatoes!

If the day is as cold and gray where you are as it is in Chicago, you will know why I want to talk about summer tomatoes. We don’t have a lot of space in the garden that is sunny enough to plant vegetables. This makes me a bit sad (perhaps you have seen that …

Tomatoes in Part Sun?

You’re not supposed to grow tomatoes in part sun, everybody knows that. But I’m performing a little experiment. I wanted to grow tomatoes in containers on the back steps, along with some herbs: sweet basil, Thai basil, mint, chives, and parsley.

Tomato and Herb Report

Our edible gardening is a bit of an afterthought. We have a small bed in the front garden devoted mostly to herbs and a few tomato vines with some annual flowers mixed in. The tomatoes and annual herbs were planted late this year due to the cold spring.

The Unbearable Lateness of Planting

It’s so easy to plant too early. The warm sun shines for a couple of days in a row and it can take great restraint not to rush out and plant tomatoes, basil, Caladiums, and other tender garden delights. Big box stores and some garden centers encourage such rashness with tempting displays of plants with …

Mostly Edible Garden Report

It’s really a tomato/herbs/cutting garden, but that is kind of an awkward name, so I’m calling it the Mostly Edible Garden. I was a reluctant vegetable gardener, but Judy wanted to be able to eat our own tomatoes. Farmers’ market tomatoes would have been good enough for me, but marriage is about compromise, so I …

This Year’s Vegetable Garden, So Far

I have to admit I don’t do much with edible gardening. Actually, I’m far more interested in growing food for the birds than for people. Generally, I find ornamental perennials, grasses, and shrubs far more satisfying than vegetables. Also, vegetables want space in full sun, which is in limited supply. (Note: all pictures are Judy’s …