I had so much fun talking to Rob about tomatoes. You can see pictures of some of my favourites in this YouTube interview.
Here is my newest video, all about growing my favourite crop—tomatoes!
Here is my latest video on the From Dirt to Dishes channel, all about how to grow peppers! I grew peppers on the garage roof and on our driveway last summer. One of my favourites was the heat-free jalapeno pepper!
How to Grow Potatoes with Emma from Dirt to Dishes
Check out my video about growing potatoes. They’re a great crop for kids! I grew my potatoes in bushel baskets.
I TRY LOTS OF NEW CROPS every year. Lots of new tomato and pepper varieties, and lots of new lettuce varieties—and always a few new different types of carrots.
This year, I grew Black Nebula carrot, and it was AMAZING…the darkest carrot, and probably vegetable, I have EVER seen!
The outside of the carrot is a deep purple, almost black, while the core is white.
It’s spectacular on a veggie tray! Dad added it to a soup and it turned the whole soup purple, including the broccoli stems and the chicken! (The purple chicken took some getting used to.)
Apparently it also turns bright pink when lemon is added—my next science experiment.
This is a carrot I highly recommend growing, just for the surprise when you pull it out of the ground and cut it open.
Probably my favourite days in the spring are the ones where I get to hang out with Linda Crago. Linda has been a mentor for me in Tomato growing. I always love the Niagara Seedy Saturday that she puts on in Wellandport and the times Dad and I visit Linda to get plants at her Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm. Linda is an AMAZING tomato grower. She has grown so many varieties—and she can tell you all about them.
(I’m speaking this year at the Niagara Seedy Saturday—come see me!)
Here are 3 tomato varieties that I got from Linda and absolutely loved!
I’m gearing up for a busy 2019, with my new book, Gardening with Emma, coming out in February. I can’t wait!
I’ll also be speaking at the Niagara Seedy Saturday, Peterborough Garden Show, Stratford Garden Festival, Canada Blooms, Toronto Botanical Garden, Bronte Horticultural Society, and the Cannington Horticultural Society!!!
Watch my blog here and as I get the dates and times, I’ll share them.
We had lots of fun growing a sunflower house and been teepee. They are great hideouts for kids! You can see the pictures in the video below. I have both of these ideas in my new book, Gardening with Emma. It comes out in February, 2019!
On the most recent episode of The Garage Gardeners Radio Show, dad and I talked with Sarah Pounders from KidsGardening.org about gardening with kids.
Sarah had a lot of great ideas to make gardening fun for kids.
It was a great chat!
Here it is:
I was wondering if tomato innovators would eventually run out of new and improved things to with the amazing fruit, but I guess not!
I am helping out with the dwarf tomato breeding project this year, and a couple of the plants that I am growing for the project are ‘variegated.’ That means that the leaves, and stem, are partially green, but also partially white-which really looks cool.
Beautiful! I can’t stop admiring the leaves. The partially-white leaves also look like they have purple veins, which is spectacular. I must have spent twenty minutes taking photos of the plants one day. I just couldn't get over how beautiful they are.
What tomato wonders will be next? I’ll keep looking and keep you posted!