Showing posts from September, 2017

Tanja's Top Ten Tomatoes 2017

Time for the annual 'Best Tomatoes Of The Year' blog post. Seems like this year it came on faster than ever!

This gardening year certainly had it's challenges... Spring was wet and cool, bees were scarce due to the weather, causing many of the earliest tomatoes to be lumpy and bumpy from poor pollination.

Then summer came along with a real bang, was really hot and really dry. Some tomatoes ended up with tough skins or green shoulders in the high temps.

So, although it was certainly not the best tomato year, there are some varieties that never seem to disappoint. 

Though I must say, all of the greenhouse grown tomatoes were fantastic this year. They were truly thriving after the new shade cloth 'roller blinds' went up. Thank you to BC Greenhouse Builders for those!

Tomatoes will go sterile in too much heat, so the shade cloth was a real blessing. Stayed warm and sunny in there, but not stifling hot. Also saved on water and the power bill, as the fan was not running …

September Garden Ramblings

September came in with a bang! Whoa, has it ever been hot out there. Then came the smoke from the forest fires, turned our skies a creepy yellow colour, but also cooled things down a couple of degrees.

While it is not feeling much like fall weather here on the island yet, we all know that it can change in the blink of an eye... bringing on the fall rains and risk of late blight.

So, what is going on in our gardens this month? Lots! This is harvest month, the month when everything seems to ripen before our very eyes. Tomatoes go from green to red in a matter of days, cukes and zukes go from small to ginormous almost overnight.

Canning, freezing, curing, storing, baking, stewing, brewing ... How to keep up with all this glorious bounty? And... what a wonderful problem to have, eh?

- Take the tops off of your brussel sprouts this month, if they are not sizing up decently by now. The top looks like a wee cabbage, twist or cut it off to put the growth into the sprouts rather than the plant…