The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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Black/Purple Tomatoes

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  1. A Description of Tomatoes

    History: Native to South and Central America and Mexico, the tomato traveled to Spain with Columbus and quickly spread throughout Europe. As popular as it was, it was only used as an ornamental for the garden as it was considered a poisonous plant. One writer in 1602 cautioned that "Tomatoes should never be eaten raw as death will be instantaneous.". Gradually, saner heads prevailed, first in Italy followed by Spain and England, and the tomato moved to its rightful place as a worthy garden vegetable. Cultivation: Tomato seeds need to be started indoors 6-7 weeks before the last frost. Sow 1/4" deep in soil-less mix; harden off & plant out 24 - 48" apart, in not too rich a soil, after all danger of frost is over. Companions: basil and borage repel tomato hornworms; onions, leeks and chives all deter pests, especially red spiders; marigolds encourage growth.

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