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Tomato Sampler 3

‘Sweet 100’ (70 days / Indeterminate) This old standby cherry tomato will produce hundreds of one inch diameter fruits from midsummer through to frost. It is a vigorous climber which requires staking and often reaches heights of five feet or … Continue reading

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Tomato Sampler 2

‘Early Girl’ (57 days / Indeterminate) A great mid-sized slicing tomato to grow in those regions with short coastal summers. The vines are heavy producers of 4 to 6 ounce fruits and there are also determinate or bush forms of … Continue reading

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Tomato Sampler 1

‘Super Fantastic’ (70 days / Indeterminate) An improved ‘Fantastic’ with better disease resistance to both verticillium and fusarium. Expect mid-sized (10 ounce)  tomatoes with excellent flavour (nice balance of acid and sweetness) and high production, with plants potentially reaching 6-9 … Continue reading

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Traditional Beer Brewing Herbs

German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) – It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the herbal tones of chamomile combine well with beer, particularly pale ales and wheat beers. Both the aforementioned German chamomile and the perennial Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) can … Continue reading

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Traditional Beer Spices

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum syn. Asperula odorata) – You may know this plant as a somewhat invasive groundcover, but it has also been utilized for hundreds of years as a herb used to infuse flavour in traditional German wheat beers (Berliner Weiss) … Continue reading

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Captivating Citrus

Citrus x meyeri (syn. Citrus x limon ‘Meyer’) – Many local gardeners such as Bob Duncan of Fruit Trees & More (North Saanich, BC) are successfully growing these outdoors in Canada. However, he shelters his espalier under a glass awning and covers it … Continue reading

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Hot & Beautiful Peppers

Capsicum annuum ‘Basket of Fire’ – A Chili pepper that is as beautiful as it is tasty, these are a favourite for growing in containers or hanging baskets. The small tapered fruits mature from a creamy-yellow to orange, and finally a … Continue reading

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