What is this plant?

In CategoryAdventures of Greenhouse Mama, Get it Growing, Wicked or Wonderful

I thought I knew a lot of plants by sight and I do, so when I discovered this plant growing behind the shed at my home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada I was taken with surprise. I first noticed its gorgeous purple-red stems and black berries arching towards the ground. Looking up a bit, I spied clusters of dainty white flowers dangling gently amid dark green broad-leaf foliage 4 to 5′ tall and wide.  Let me say this widened my curiosity even more!  Was this plant something wicked or something wonderful? Having looked a bit online and in the reference books I’ve yet to find my answer, but never say never. Heck its what GARDENING IS ALL ABOUT, opening one’s eyes, the quest to find the answer, nature’s treasure hunt!

So I’m off to find the answer, unless of course one of my readers has my answer. Until then..happy hunting.


The Journey from Seed to Harvest

In CategoryGet it Growing

French dramatist and diplomat, Jean Giraudoux once said, “The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.”

For me a seed is the expanding universe, the miracle of nature, treasured and sure. It is all things. It pulses through our veins just as surely in the oceans and the air we breathe. Seed gives us hope of a thousand tomorrows. Persons that are keepers of seed have a desire to sustain and protect it. This is not an easy task. You cannot simply toss a seed over your shoulder and hope a plant springs forth. The experienced seed keeper knows this, for they have learned the rhythm of science.

We can all learn to be seed keepers and stewards of our planet just by opening our minds to the rhythm of science through seed. The heart will follow. It is the reason.

I hope that my journey as a seed keeper will inspire and aid you, should you decide to participate in nourishing our planet in a safe, responsible manner.  Grass Root Gardens strives to use certified organic seed at all times, especially for all my vegetable, herb, and fruit seedlings. I am constantly looking for heirloom varieties that provide outstanding taste, texture, and colour.

When I started many moons ago, I had no clue what a seed looked like! Well I knew what a seed looked like; I just could not tell one seed from another. This made it extremely hard for me to collect seed from a flower, not knowing seed from shinbone. I looked in print and online for images of what the actual seed of a tomato looked like. I hit the jackpot; the information was plentiful, cultural information galore (excellent) but not one picture of the seed itself. Short of purchasing different vegetable varieties from my local supermarket (do not laugh, I have done that) to see the difference, I was at a loss for the information I so desperately wanted. Perhaps had I access to images when I began my journey as a seed keeper I would have saved time, money, and the seed! No regrets, the journey is the fun, the lessons learned, the reason. Having a little help on the path doesn’t hurt. Let’s go..


I started these tomatoes from organic seed in a heated greenhouse on March 27, 2011. Planted seedlings in the garden May 22 and picked them for eating August 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm. Minimal cost, maximum benefits. Delicious, nutritious, organic, and GM free!

Not new to me, Bonny Best tomato produces an early crop of sweet-tasting, medium sized tomato with high yield. On to the cherry tomatoes, Sweetie is what it says, sweet. I like its taste, early- delivery, high yield, and the skins do not split like other cherry tomatoes. New to me this year is the Black Cherry tomato. I was excited to try this heirloom variety and it did not disappoint thus far. Black Cherry seems to be an early variety with high yield. I will not know for sure until later, but hey, that is the journey, the rhythm. Black Cherry tomatoes are a bit larger than most cherries, and their purple colour will pump up the colour in any salad. Pop one of these plump toms from vine to lips, they really do taste like black cherries.




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