I’m fed up with eco-evangelists. See my rant at gardenrant.com

Happens every year. Regular as clockwork. The moment I mention heirloom tomatoes in my Toronto Star column, I get a nasty email from a woman I’ll call Martha.

Martha doesn’t like my stand on these kinds of tomatoes.  I tell my readers that they can be cranky (for a variety of reasons) and advise them to plant a modern hybrid too, so they’ll be assured of a good crop.  …See my rant at gardenrant.com

The National Post Loves The Untamed Garden

The Untamed Garden | National Post
“Positively pornographic.” That’s how Sonia Day describes the coco de mer, “the most erotically charged plant on the planet.” Detail is given, but it’s unsuitable to print here (see Page 197 of the book). This is a delightfully lusty look at many plants that we innocents assumed were just sitting there soaking up the sun. Turns out they’re sitting there scheming for sex. Don’t say you haven’t noticed, say, orchids, with their “titillating tongues and tight little crevices,” or the amaryllis, “so cocky, so lusty.” The tale of the mandrake (pictured, left) and a medieval nun is a must-read. The whole book is. ? The Untamed Garden: A Revealing Look at our Love Affair with Plants, by Sonia Day, McClelland & Stewart

The Star’s review of my Raspberry Custard Pie recipe

Toronto Star | Living | by Jennifer Bain
Cook This Book: Raspberry Custard Pies