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Posted on 07 March 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Tomato-Cider Glaze

By David Harbilas

This sauce gets my vote for the single best sauce made with the fewest ingredients.

My last post, about tomato-port wine glaze, was simple, but this sauce is simply sublime.

It is the very epitome of balance, between sweet, sour, salty, and the indefinite.

And the best thing about it is that it requires absolutely no special equipment or ingredients except time. Let me make this clear–you will not find a better sauce made anywhere. I am serious when I say this; as a fifteen-year professional chef, this may very well be the best sauce recipe I have ever come across.

It goes well with just about everything, especially pork. My personal favorite, which I have yet to actually make but which makes me hungry, is pan seared scallops with roasted cauliflower, raisins, this sauce, bacon, and brussel sprouts.

Makes about ½ gallon sauce

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Posted on 23 January 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Travel the Path Less Taken: Organic Control of the Leaf Miner

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I was watching a movie about a coal miner and it made me think how life mimics the natural world.

This coal miner was trying to control an environment that he did not understand.

He felt that following the same path that his father had followed would lead him to a different conclusion.

We all know how that ends and the same applies to gardening.

When we see a pest, we seem to fall to the same habit that has caused so many problems.

This habit, one may ask, is chemical application. While this technique works quickly in the short term, it never works out in the long run. Which is where the movie comes into play along with the simple leaf miner.

The adult leaf miner attacks tomato plants by Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 17 June 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

A Tale of Two Species: The Tomato Hornworm and the Gardener

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Every year I seem to get the odd looking caterpillar called the tomato hornworm on my tomatoes.

These little beasts always seem to appear over night with devastating affects.

Stripped stems poke upward and before I know it my tomatoes are stripped of all vegetation but is the organic gardener to do.

The first step is to recognize the pest. Some individuals feel it is deer damage or some other grazing type of animal consuming their crop.

But a telltale sign that it is a tomato hornworm is the fact that the vegetation will be missing from the top of the plant and will move downward. Also, this damage will start around midsummer and continue until the end of the growing season.

Next, the most obvious sign that Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 May 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Unique Garden Plants – The Tomato Tree

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I had a friend call me and ask me if I had seen the new addition to the garden store.

I said no, but really did not have time to explore the new addition right at that moment.

A few days passed and my friend again inquired about the new addition at the Feed and Seed.

What could have you so excited, I asked. She replied, my prayers have been answered. Again, I was perplexed about the new addition to the local Feed and Seed so I went to see for myself.

It was not a chicken laying a golden egg nor was it a rabbit that pooped jelly beans, but instead a tomato tree. I thought to myself a Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 16 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

This Week in Urban Gardens

By Reggie Solomon

  • Julie Ann at Jewells in Seattle laments this year’s cool season which is impacting her tomatoes.
  • Moonwolf at Guerrilla Gardeners: Now Public captures photos of sunflowers growing under a city sidewalk grate proving gardening can happen in the unlikeliest of places.
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