Category Archives: Tomatoes

Big, Bold Tomato Flavor

For even fuller, brighter flavor, you can also feed tomatoes with kelp extract and a mild (5-5-5) organic fertilizer. If tomato stems break before the fruit has a chance to ripen fully, the problem may be linked to using inadequate water-soluble fertilizers, especially when tomatoes are grown in pots. Liquid seaweed extracts help strengthen weak stems by supporting steady plant growth even when cold nights follow warm days. Kelp combines micronutrients and trace elements with plant hormones and growth stimulants that promote root growth, improve stem and foliage density, and increase chlorophyll production. Kelp extracts also contain traces of sea salt. This turns out to be yet another key to amazing taste. In fact, a single dose of salty seawater (1 cup of seawater per quart of tap water) can improve tomato flavor in particular. Continue reading

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Smoking Fruits And Vegetables

Print PDFWhen Smoking Is A Good Thing This weekend, my band, Time & Tide, played at the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market. As usual, we had a grand old time, and as usual, we brought home fresh produce, but this time, … Continue reading

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Midsummer Nurture

Print PDFKeeping Plants And People Well Fed After spring’s first burst of garden glory, the summer garden settles in to serious production. Or it should; maritime mornings continue to be grey and cool, while afternoons are warm and sunnier. Even … Continue reading

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We All Scream For Ice Cream

Print PDFVegan Or Full Dairy, Many Happy Versions As my grandson’s third birthday approaches, he has asked me to help him make ice cream several times. We want to serve it at his preview party at my house (birthdays take … Continue reading

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