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Welcome to the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast. We discuss down to earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As landscape designers, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing think it is important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

On this show, we try to help educate you seasonally to manage your garden and landscapes, engage with Garden Authors and educate ourselves right along with you as we learn together about interesting topics on the environment. 

You can listen live at www.realityradio101.com on Monday’s at 7 pm EST. or subscribe to download this show and past episodes from your favourite podcast app. 

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Mar 15, 2022

In this episode of Down the Garden Path podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing continue their month-long look at edible gardening by talking tomatoes with author, speaker, and blogger Emma Biggs.

About Emma Biggs

Emma is a 16-year-old gardener, author, speaker, and blogger. Her passion is growing tomatoes, trying new, unusual crops, and saving seeds. She has raised over 150 tomato varieties in her Toronto garden and loves to try weird and wonderful plant projects. Emma gives talks at libraries, seed exchanges, garden clubs, and garden events.  She is the co-host of The Food Garden Life Show, and her latest book is Gardening with Emma

Don't miss Joanne and Matt's conversation on growing tomatoes with author Emma Biggs.

Some of the questions and topics covered:

  • What are your top tips for starting tomatoes from seed?
  • Do you have a favourite type of tomato to grow?
    • How do you grow them, in beds or containers?
  • We know you grow a lot of varieties: How do you harden them all off to get them outside?
  • How do you handle pests and diseases?
  • What's your actual favourite tomato variety that everyone should grow?
  • What do you do with all those tomatoes?
  • Is there anything else that you like to grow?

You can find Emma online here, as well as on Instagram.

You can order her book Gardening with Emma here.


Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade.

And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.