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Miracle Tomato Plant Survives Denver Blizzard

Like many gardeners in a cold climate, I always have to start my tomato seeds indoors early each spring. I typically start in March if I want to have tomato plants ready for transplanting into the vegetable garden in May. In more than 30 years of gardening, this year is the first time I’ve seen […]

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is Next Stop

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area on March 16, I hope you’ll stop by the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. That’s the next stop on my Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening book tour. I’ll be presenting “How to Grow Prizewinning Produce” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and signing books right after the talk. […]

Special Offer for Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardeners

It’s as much fun as a funnel cake to enter a vegetable contest and be part of the excitement at an American fair! If you’re ready to bring a competitive edge to your vegetable gardening — or just impress your family and friends with picture-perfect produce — here’s a special offer just for you: Save […]

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening Speaking Schedule

It’s February and that means the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle is just around the corner! I’m excited to kick off this gardening season with two programs at the show followed by signings of my brand new book, Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m. in the Hood Room Blue Ribbon […]

Glowing Review for Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Yes, I’m giddy about vegetables! The first review is in for my newest gardening book called Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The Secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce. Publisher’s Weekly wrote the review and I couldn’t be happier. “Torpey writes giddily about vegetable gardening, going so far as to use the animated film […]

Hot Pepper is Weird Veggie Winner for 2015

A hot chile pepper took top honors in the annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com and Bonnie Plants.

Corpse Flower Viewing is Botanical Craziness

I’ve done a lot of kooky things in my day, but waiting in a long line of other early-rising plant nerds to get a glimpse (and whiff) of a flower could top the list. The alert went out last night on the 10 o’clock news: The Corpse Flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens has started […]

Vegetable gardeners have more control when planting in container gardens

The 2015 vegetable growing season had a cool, rainy and slow start, but plants are finally responding to the warm dry days. After the first 95-degree day, I noticed every squash plant had blossomed overnight. Each plant had several large squash blossoms, with plenty of buzzing bees, because they were so happy to get the […]

Writing a vegetable gardening book is like growing a biennial plant

It’s taken two years to see what my Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening book will look like. It’ll be another five months before I can hold it in my hands. But pre-ordering has already begun. Just like a biennial plant, this gardening book has taken its time to put down roots and start to grow. Biennial […]

Win Big with Ugly Fruits and Vegetables

What’s the oddest fruit or vegetable you’ve found in your garden? I’ve found many crazy-looking edibles in my garden, but the tomato I named “Casper the Friendly Cyclops” is the most memorable. This misshapen, but smiling, tomato could be a winner in the WesternGardeners.com annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest. Every year gardeners […]

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