Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Guest post-Steven Biggs comes to Wellandport!

(nota bene -copies of Steve and Donna's book "No Guff Gardening" are available here at the farm. Save the shipping cost!)

Tomato Days was my first visit to Tree and Twig farm…and I didn’t leave empty handed! I came home with lots of cool new tomato plants—some for me, and some for my kids. When I asked Linda to recommend tomato varieties for my young kids, she suggested White Currant, which has small, sweet, white fruit.

I am excited about Solanum purpureum, which Linda tells me becomes a three-foot-high ornamental plant combining purplish leaves, thorns, flowers, and ornamental fruit. I’m hoping it’s showy enough that it will bring forgiveness from my neighbours, who have watched my once-green front lawn turn into a mud pie as I transform it into a garden.

I have always staked and tied my plants—as my dad taught me to do, and as his father taught him to do. But for the past couple of years the plants got ahead of me and became a jungle of cascading foliage. So this year I’ve resolved to try something different, and am making four-foot-high cages, with openings large enough to reach through and pick.

Steven Biggs
Writer/Journalist: farming, food, and gardening
(416) 227-1549
(416) 953-1549 (mobile)

Boy meets girl...and two garden coaches collaborate on a super-opinionated, super-fun book about vegetable gardening.

By Steven Biggs and Donna Balzer.

Published by No Guff Press

1 comment:

sherilaugh said...

What I found that works great for supporting tomatoes are the spirals that you can sometimes find at Dollarama. You just wrap the plant into them as they grow. No cage in the way, no tying, no trouble. I LOVE them!.
http://www.leevalley.com/us/garden/page.aspx?c=&p=10451&cat=2,43319,33282 This is the same thing, but they are $2 each at dollarama.