growing vegetables

Fujino Pink' spirea i

Pink wands of early spirea

Beckie Fox

Spireas are generally bulletproof shrubs, easily found at most garden centres. Many of us are familiar with the ubiquitous bridal wreath variety (Spiraea x vanhouttei), blooming in early June. New cultivars of Japanese spirea (S. japonica) are popular, too.

Walking through the masses of tomatoes in Stokes Seeds' trial gardens.

Taste-testing veggies at Stokes

Kat Fox

Kat Fox visited Stokes Seeds’ trial gardens in St. Catharines, Ont., to enjoyed taste-testing veggies and learn about a new way to grow tomatoes.

'Fooled You' hybrid peppers. Photo from William Dam Seeds

‘Fooled You’, too

Judith Adam

I’ve found Fooled You peppers, hybrid Jalapenos, with the characteristic flavour, minus the heat. Tissue-burning capsaicinoid compounds, produced by fruits of chili peppers, is bred out.

Dwarf vegetables in containers

Judith Adam

Growing container dwarf vegetables requires conscientious watering if you expect good fruit quality. I use soilless mix amended with extra vermiculite.