Select crops that are easy to grow, for example:
- Red Russian kale
These will feed you all winter and are easier than carrots. Plant in late may, harvest in winter. Better after a frost.
Plant instead of onions. They’ll feed you all winter. Slightly more nutritious when started from seeds in Mat in nursery bed. Transplant in early July and by October/November they get big. If direct seeded, sow in late May, early June.
Can eat in winter.
- Jerusalem artichokes
Ready in winter.
Changing It Up!
- Practice crop rotation. Don’t plant plants of same family year after year
i.e. cabbage (brassicaceae) because roots build up in soil and deforms roots.
- Especially alternate the brassicas and the onion families. Alternate heavy feeding plants (tomatoes, squash, cabbage) with light feeding plants.
- Tomatoes, called narcissistic plants, like to grow in the same place every year. Using early variety tomatoes is a good idea (i.e. stuppis, vining tomatoes).
- Think, “when is plant finished producing, what to start next?
- Group plants that have same needs.
- Water deeply, once or twice a week.
- In the fall, top dress your garden with leaves.
- Recommend Book: Seattle Tilth’s Maritime NW Garden Guide
Here is a list of some great tomatoes from our garden friend Colin who lives in Kelowna:
- Costoluto Genovese is a beautiful, reased tomato that is a “must have”.
- Sicilian Saucer is alos a tremendous tomato that produces huge globes of red beauties.
- Alacante is a small but tasty tomato.
- Red Calabash is very early, small, tart, productive and magnificent.
- Hill Billy (or Flame) is a bi-colour that impresses people who like big, sweet tomatoes.
- Black Krim is also sweet and gets great reviews from sweet tomato eaters.
- Tiny Tims always find a place in my garden and on my table. Small plants, tons of tomatoes that are very tasty.
- Giant Belgium tomatoes are large, pink/red, a very good producer.
All of these except Tiny Tim are indeterminates. They require staking and a stringent pruning routine. Most of these tomatoes should be available from Salt Spring Seeds.