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Kale Slaw Spring Salad

Tuesday May 7, 2019

Here at O’Toole’s, we love to eat almost as much as we love to garden. In fact, the two go hand in hand. What could be better than preparing a home-cooked meal using ingredients fresh from your garden? That’s why we’ve started this new feature on our Garden Blog, the Recipe of the Month Club! Each month, we’ll be sharing …

The Three Sisters and Companion Gardening

Friday March 1, 2019

Native Americans relied on three principal staples for survival; corn, beans and squash. These crops were so important to the Indians that they were often called "The Three Sisters," and they perfectly illustrate the concept of companion plants. All three sisters work together and support each other to their mutual benefit. The tall, sturdy corn stalks provides a frame for …

The World’s Hottest Peppers

Wednesday October 17, 2018

The title of “World’s Hottest Pepper” is always contested. Pepper heat can be a bit subjective and inconsistent. And it seems as soon as everyone agrees on a champion, a new hybrid emerges claiming insanely scorching heat. But one pepper has managed to hold off all comers for the past few years – The Carolina Reaper.The Carolina Reaper Along the …

2018 Tomato and Pepper Trial Results… sort of.

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Earlier this month, at our Littleton location, we celebrated our annual Tomato Festival. The Tomato Festival is usually when our resident veggie guru, Leo Ortiz, presents the results of our tomato and pepper trials. Each year in our community gardens, Leo grows one of every variety of tomato and pepper that we carry at O’Toole’s to see first-hand what works …

Ask A Gardener – Pumpkin Flowers

Wednesday July 11, 2018

A lot of people get nervous when they see tons of flowers on their pumpkin vines and no fruit, but rest assured you are right on schedule. Right around mid-summer, pumpkins will usually start to flower in large numbers. But this is only half of the pumpkin-making process. These early bloomers are just the pollen-producing male flowers. Male flowers tend …

Tip Top Taters!

Wednesday March 14, 2018

The traditional time to start planting your potatoes is after St. Patrick’s Day, which is one of nature’s pleasant little ironies. While the Irish are of course strongly associated with the potato, these terrific tubers have been cultivated and enjoyed all around the world. And each culture has it’s own favorite kind of potato. If you’ve never ventured beyond the …

Growing Indoor Citrus

Monday December 11, 2017

Many citrus trees like oranges, limes and lemons can be grown as indoor houseplants all year long right here in Colorado. Here are some easy steps to turn your kitchen into a miniature Florida!Placement Citrus trees need at least 8 – 12 hours of light each day to bear fruit, though they can be grown as foliage plants with 5 …

Belgian Giant “Fee-Fi-Foo-YUM!”

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Heirloom Indeterminate 88 days to maturity 24 oz If you’re going to go big, go really big. Belgian Giant produces huge tomatoes, averaging over a pound! In our 2016 Tomato and Pepper Trials, we found Belgian Giants to be the largest heirlooms by far. In fact, the winner of the Largest Tomato Contest that year was a Belgian Giant. These …

Black Krim “The Black Beauty from the Black Sea”

Friday May 26, 2017

Heirloom Indeterminate 80 days to maturity 8 oz. Like most black tomatoes, Black Krim comes from the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the hot summers of that region produce the distinctive colors and high fruit sugar of these tomatoes. Black Krim produces a large beefsteak like tomato with dark maroon and purple coloring. In …