Cherry tomatoes are thought to be an intermediate type between a wild tomato and the domestic garden tomato. These small (cherry size) tomatoes grow on long vines (up to 3 metres) or on small dense bushes less than 1 metre in height. Lily of the Valley is a good example of a cherry tomato. This …Read More about Which cherry tomatoes?
Diary of a Brussels Kitchen Garden
Doing a bit of kitchen gardening in the city provides access to fresh produce on a daily basis. While being able to pull together a fresh salad from the garden at a moment’s notice is very satisfying, the real art of the kitchen garden is to produce a range of crops that can be preserved …Read More about Kitchen gardening
The San Marzano paste tomato is considered the best heirloom variety for sauces and making paste. Originally from Italia, the San Marzano and its cousin the Roma are the two best producers for the small city garden or balcony. These reliable croppers produce well even in mixed summers. For making sauces and tomato paste these …Read More about The best paste tomatoes
The weather forecast for the next few weeks shows a drop in temperature and quite a bit of rain. This is not ideal for finishing chilli peppers. Most the plants have a reasonable crop of green peppers, such as these Calcutta long peppers, which will turn red. Once the fruits are green and set, even …Read More about Chilli weather
Space permitting, a raised bed is the best for growing vegetables. It should be an arm’s reach wide and as long as the space allows. It should be positioned to catch the best of the sun and ideally with a wall behind it. There are also temporary raised bed frames suitable for roofs and smaller …Read More about Gardening in a Raised Bed
Cucumbers are probably the most reliable of crops for growing in a small city garden. Each plant will produce over a dozen fruits over a 3 month period. They are not troubled by poor weather or ravenous slugs. Having two or three plants, either in soil or in pots should provide for most household needs. …Read More about Extra cucumber time