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My New Greenhouse

 

build your own greenhouseLast year for Mother's Day Nigel promised to build me my very own eight by twelve foot greenhouse.  I have often lamented the loss of the little potting shed I left behind when we moved up to the Garden Centre, 17 years ago.   It's a funny thing; I have two fairly large greenhouses at the Garden Centre, right? But it's not the same as a wee place of your own, where you can go and poke about.  A personal greenhouse is an amazing place. 

So early this Spring my greenhouse was ready to go.  If there was ever a year when you wanted a greenhouse, this cool (the coldest in 50 years) Spring was the year to get it!  I'm so happy.  I told Nigel that he is good on Mother's Day gifts for many years.   We have already eaten 20 or more salads with greens from my greenhouse and the taste of home-grown greens is incomparable.  It's easy to forget how good home-grown tastes.  Soon it will be time to re-seed for later harvests but that I will do in the veggie patch now that we are into June.

planting veggies in my greenhouse

My greenhouse will now be the place to grow tomatoes, peppersand basil.  I've had to give over the sunny outside spot to Nigel for his tomatoes (seems a small price) as he wants the greenhouse to be all about me.  Together we both love to grow a huge variety of tomatoes so we have lots to eat fresh, some for Nigel to make my Mom's, Green Tomato Pickle and lots to oven roast then freeze and save for winter.  One of our staff, Janis, put us on to the oven roasted tomato method and we love it.

Tomatoes are all the talk at the garden centre in late May and June.  While helping customers look for their specific needs like a good slicer, or a really sweet cherry, a really early one or something new to try; we all get swept up in the excitement.  We stock a large selection of heritage tomatoes as well as standard proven favourites so there is always something new to try.  We'd love to share with you all our tips and tricks and favourite picks.

grow your own organic tomatoes

 

 

Oven Roasted Tomatoes ~ my co-worker, Janis, got me going on these and I just love making these now to serve over pasta or just as a side dish.

  • 7-8 large tomatoes cut in half along the equator (lengthwise for roma types). Green belly-buttons removed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper

me making Janis' oven roasted tomatoes

1.    Mixed oil with seasonings and dip halved tomatoes into this mixture.

2.    Place cut side up in a large Pyrex pan.

3.    Bake at for 45 mins at 250-300F

4.    Turnover and bake for another 45 mins

5.    Cool and store in ziplock bags in the freezer or serve hot over pasta with tomato sauce, fresh basil and mozzarella.

 

 


 

 My Mom's Sweet Green Tomato Pickle


  • 5 lbs (2 quarts) green tomatoes
  • 2 ½ lbs onions
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 3 cups pickling vinegar
  • ¼ cup pickling spice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1.    Slice onions and tomatoes.

2.    Layer the onions and tomatoes, alternating and sprinkling each layer with salt.

3.    Let stand overnight.

4.    Drain.

5.    Bring the vinegar to a boil with the pickling spices (tied in a bag), and the sugar, but not the mustard or cayenne yet.

6.    Add the onions and tomatoes.

7.    Boil 1 hour & 15 mins or until the veggies are transparent.  (Don't boil so long the liquid all evaporates.)

8.    Just before removing from heat add the mustard and cayenne pepper.

9.    Seal in clean, hot jars immediately.

Enjoy!