Category Archives: Edible Plants

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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Unconventional Teas

Camellia sinensis f. rosea ‘Blushing Maiden’ – This tea camellia is a hardier form of Camellia sinensis ‘Rosea’ introduced by Piroche Plants back in 1992. It features pale pink flowers (as opposed to the traditional white) which appear from late autumn into winter. I have … Continue reading

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Herbs That Repel Vegetable Pests

Ocimum kilimandsharicum x basilicum ‘Dark Opal’ – African Blue Basil is a sterile hybrid which has a high camphor fragrance which is useful for making spicy pestos. It is an attractive herb with purple-tinted new growth and showy terminal flower spikes. This … Continue reading

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