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Happy Healthy New Gardening Year

January is the time of year when many folks promise they’ll change their eating habits. They resolve to make fewer stops at the fast-food drive-thru, limit the unhealthy snacks kept in the cupboard, and add more fruits and vegetables to the grocery shopping cart. Most vegetable gardeners will tell you the easiest way to keep […]

Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit for 2017?

It’s time to enter the 9th Annual Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com.

Enter the 2016 Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest

It’s time to enter the 2016 Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com. Submit your digital photos of crazy carrots, oddball eggplants and tasteless tomatoes from August 10 to September 10 for a chance to win a gardener’s gift package. Learn more at WesternGardeners.com.

Come Along to the Country Living Fair Contest

Win two passes to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., June 3-5. Add your comment about what you love about going to fairs for a chance to win in this random drawing.

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fairy gardens need these Fairy Flowers

Every fairy garden needs a few fairies flitting around to make sure all is growing well. The best fairy garden fairies — the ones who make a gardener’s wishes come true — are those made from the garden’s own flowers, like hollyhocks. It takes just a few minutes to transform an ordinary hollyhock blossom and […]

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