Edible Garden Artistry with Potager Gardens + School Gardens that don't Fizzle
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
5d ago
TOMATO-GROWING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES! Grab your spot now at the Feb. 6 LIVE VIRTUAL CAMP.   Oklahoma garden designer Linda Vater loves to create elegant edible gardens. Her work is inspired by the tradition of the potager garden. We talk about: Potager gardens Making ornamental and elegant edible gardens Design elements such as enclosure How to design your own potager-style garden Linda's new book is The Elegant & Edible Garden. In the second part of the show we catch up with Sunday Harrison from Green Thumbs Growing Kids in Toronto. We're big fans of this non-profit that brings gar ..read more
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Don't Feel Bitter about these Cold-Hardy Citrus
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
1w ago
TOMATO-GROWING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES! Grab your spot now at the Feb. 6 LIVE VIRTUAL CAMP.   We chat with cold-hardy citrus expert Sam Hubert from One Green World Nursery. Sam's interest in citrus began when he realized he could grow trifoliate orange in New England. If you've tried trifoliate orange, you'll know it has true pucker power. But don't worry! Sam has lined up a mix of cold-hardy citrus: Along with fragrant and bitter citrus that add complexity to all sorts of recipes, he tells us about some eat-straight-from-the-tree cold-hardy citrus. We talk about: Trifoliate orange Yuzu Sud ..read more
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It's Rhubarb...but It's not Rhubarb
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
2w ago
CONTAINER VEG BOUNTY! Grab your spot now at the Jan. 24+31 LIVE VIRTUAL CAMP.  --- Forced rhubarb is a winter specialty that's quite different from rhubarb grown outdoors: It's milder, more tender, and brightly coloured.  Brian French and his wife Jeannette run Lennox Farm in Dufferin County, in Ontario. Along with field-grown rhubarb, they force rhubarb indoors during the winter.  Brian French explains how to force rhubarb: The difference between forced and field-grown rhubarb Conditions needed to force rhubarb over the winter Varieties of rhubarb for forcing Growing rhubarb ..read more
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Tomato Addiction
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
3w ago
We chat Teresa Zohorsky from Solana Garden in Ontario. What started as a fascination with unusual tomato varieties grew into an addiction! Teresa specialized in heirloom and unusual tomato varieties, and now sells tomato transplants and fruit. We talk about: Top varieties Resources for finding and researching tomato varieties Selecting tomato varieties suited to the growing conditions Tips for people who want to get started growing heirloom and unusual tomatoes ..read more
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Fragrant Fuzzy Fruit + Delectable Root Veg Recipes
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
1M ago
TOP TOMATO VARIETIES!! Grab your spot now at the Jan. 9 LIVE VIRTUAL CAMP.  --- Growing Quince Quince expert Joseph Postman joins us to talk about quince. This fragrant fruit is unknown to many in North America, and often relegated to use as a rootstock for pear trees. Postman is a retired plant pathologist and curator of the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon, where he helped develop a pear collection with cultivars and species from around the world. We talk about: What is quince How to use quince fruit The use of quince trees as rootstock for pear trees Qui ..read more
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Move Over Blueberries, A New Fruit for the Northern Gardener
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
1M ago
In this replay of a 2019 interview, we chat with Bob Bors, head of the fruit breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan. We talk about: Breeding haskap (a.k.a. honeyberry) fruit Cold-tolerance of haskap How to care for haskap How to prune haskap Cold-tolerant cherry varieties from University of Saskatchewan ..read more
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Dwarf and Unusual Tomatoes
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs
1M ago
Emma chats with tomato expert Linda Crago about the 'House' tomato, a compact tomato plant that some gardeners keep over the winter in the house. They also talk about a few other unusual tomato varieties, including one of the ugliest tomato plants you'll see: 'Stick ..read more
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Reviving a Forgotten Fruit...by Planting an Orchard!
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
1M ago
How to Grow and Cook Medlar Jane Steward, author of Medlars – Growing & Cooking, talks about how to grow medlar, how to cook medlar, and shares some fascinating medlar facts. (Find out how medlar wood was used in Dutch windmills!) Steward planted a medlar orchard, holds the UK National Collection of medlars, and runs Eastgate Larder—a food business where she processes medlar. We talk about: How to grow medlar (Mespilus germanica) How to cook medlar Steward’s journey into planting a medlar orchard and starting a food-processing business  How to “blet” medlar  Medlar rootstock Med ..read more
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Top Crops and Seed Shopping
The Food Garden Life Show
by Steven Biggs
1M ago
Garden Planning and Seed Shopping Horticulturist and vegetable-garden expert Donna Balzer talks about garden planning and shares her tips for seed shopping. We talk about:  Favourite early spring greens crops Making a vegetable garden plan Succession crops Storage Crops Where to get seeds Testing seeds for viability Seed Lingo ..read more
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Apricots in Alaska!
The Food Garden Life Show
by Emma Biggs, Steven Biggs
1M ago
Mark Wolbers, president of the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association, talks about growing fruit north of 60. We talk about: The range of fruit that grows in Alaska The growing conditions in different parts of Alaska Using greenhouses and high tunnels The gardening culture in Alaska The advantages of growing in a northern area Opportunities for monetization A greenhouse-winery! “Snow is our friend ..read more
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