Vegetable Gardening

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.

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 […]

How to plant peppers in your vegetable garden

I’ve never met a pepper I didn’t like. Hot, sweet, fried or dried, I’m crazy about them all. That’s why I plant at least a dozen different pepper varieties in my garden every season. There will always be several jalapeno plants, but each year I enjoy adding new-to-me varieties. I’ve been known to pick a […]

Improve your Small-Space Vegetable Gardening with this Special Summer Discount

At my house, summer gardening dreams are all about growing a bountiful vegetable garden — one filled with a variety of ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes. All of these tomatoes, from the smoky Black Krims to the small yellow pear tomatoes, grew in my small-space vegetable garden. Some grew in the postage-stamp sized 6 x […]

Plant Spinach in July for a Fall Harvest

Here’s a little known gardening fact: If not for a misplaced decimal point, Popeye the Sailor Man might have gained his incredible strength from eating kale instead of spinach. The comic book hero helped build spinach’s reputation as a power-house vegetable because of a chemist’s simple mistake. Instead of recording spinach with 3.5 milligrams of […]

Companion Gardening Expands Options for Small-Space Vegetable Gardens

There are just some things in life that make ideal combinations. It’s peanut butter and jelly for lunch; cookies and milk for dessert. When it comes to the garden, there’s tomatoes and basil; radishes and spinach. These combinations of vegetables and herbs make perfect partners when grown together in the garden, especially if you’re gardening […]

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