Vegan cream of tomato soup with basil-miso pesto recipe

Vegan cream of tomato soup with basil-miso pesto recipe

As I write this, I’m looking at our kitchen counters and noticing that that isn’t much space on them. Zucchinis are piled up next to the stove. Mini pumpkins and butternut squash are waiting for their turns. Chili peppers are drying beside the fridge. And then there are the tomatoes: about five different kinds, at…

How to save tomato seeds

How to save tomato seeds

Seeds are miraculous things. Inside a tiny and unassuming package, they contain the genetic material and energy stores needed to create new life. Seeds are patient. They know how to wait until the conditions are just right for growth.

VIDEO: Save space in your garden with interplanting

VIDEO: Save space in your garden with interplanting

Our garden is jam-packed right now. The tomatoes are showing no signs of slowing down and our summer kale is chest-high. We’re still planting salad greens each week. Our true winter crops, like curly kale, leeks, parsley and parsnips are happily coming into their own.  

July 2015: What to plant

July 2015: What to plant

Pardon the cliche, but I really can’t believe it’s almost July already. On Saturday morning, while picking an overwhelming amount of peas, I thought back to March and the excitement I had when I first planted this year’s seeds. Would they sprout? Would I get a decent harvest? It seemed to take forever for those plants to…

How to transplant tomatoes

How to transplant tomatoes

This time of the year, racks of tomato seedlings are piled high outside of every grocery store. They beckon with the promise of fresh-picked fruits ripened in the sun and served with a bit of olive oil, balsamic, fresh-picked basil and burrata (I’m drooling a little just writing this). But what do you do with…

What to plant in May: 2015 edition

What to plant in May: 2015 edition

If you take a close look at the West Coast Seeds planting chart, you might notice an interesting detail: there are more seeds that you can plant in May than any other month of the year. And while your climate might be different from ours in coastal British Columbia, chances are that, if you live…

Starting tomatoes from seed

Starting tomatoes from seed

Tomatoes hold a special place in the hearts of many gardeners. They require pruning and extra protection from the elements. They’re susceptible to a host of diseases and are generally more challenging to grow than, say, lettuce or kale. But the prospect of fresh, juicy fruits picked right off the vine is totally worth the…

2014 garden in review: what didn’t work

2014 garden in review: what didn’t work

Last week, I wrote about our biggest successes in the 2014 garden. Now, it’s time to write about the things that didn’t go so well. This past year has been a great one in the garden. We had plenty of sunny weather, built three new raised beds, and have harvested a huge amount of food….

Preparing your garden for winter

Preparing your garden for winter

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I pulled our tomato plants out. There’s something about that moment that really signifies the end of the summer. My mom carefully picked any remaining green tomatoes from the vines, and I made a surprisingly delicious soup from them (I adapted the recipe for a vegetarian version)….

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