When the sunflower petals have fallen off and the back of the seed head has turned yellowish brown […]
Bulbs love potassium and wood ash has it! If you have a wood burning stove, this winter save […]
If you look closely at a bulb you will see that one end has “hairs” or roots while […]
If frost is about to have its way with your garden but you’re not yet ready to relinquish […]
A 20 inch diameter tree sucks up 157 pounds of carbon dioxide and then releases 115 pounds of […]
With over 3000 heirloom tomatoes and a whopping 15,000 known tomato varieties in production, picking the right tomato […]
It’s all about the birds and the bees…and some other bugs and bats.
Thinning seedlings–whether in the garden or in pots–is a painstaking process. Make it simple by using scissors instead. It’s like giving your garden a haircut!
If you are planning a garden here are 10 Must-Read Books that will provide you with everything you need to know to grow the garden you have always dreamed of. Includes plans for vegetables, herbs, ornamentals, containers, spiritual and medicine gardens.
Two dozen scented flowers for a three season garden.
I was raised in the world of blanching where you plunge vegetables into boiling water for a specified amount of time before transferring them to ice water and then to a freezer bag or container and then-finally-to the freezer. It was with a mixture of chagrin and joy that I found out all that boiling of water and time was completely unnecessary.
After writing in the last post about how the best onions sets come from the smallest bulbs we now turn that logic on its head when it comes to flowering bulbs. If flowers are what you’re after then you want the biggest bulbs you can buy.
When choosing onion sets always look for small marble sized ones. These will grow into large, firm, onions with oodles of storage life.
With this method it is possible for these children to serve this harvest to their own children!
Who needs a farm with a horse or a cow to supply you with manure when you can make your own fish fertilizer right in your own apartment?
Many people put down landscape fabric, layers of newspapers or even old towels or bed sheets before adding sand and cobblestones, sidewalk blocks or pavers, only to be confused and frustrated when weeds rear their persistent heads anyway.
If you were a gardener in Europe over 400 years ago you could have any color of columbine your heart desired – so long as the color was blue.
Members of the mint family all have square stems which can be easily discovered by rolling the stem between your fingers so you can feel the four flat sides meeting at right angles.
Worried about infidelity? An ancient form of Voodoo calls for tying a knot in your partner’s underwear and […]
Almost everyone has heard of square foot gardening, but did you know that if it wasn’t for an instructor’s no-show the idea may never have hatched?
Both dandelions and honey bees were introduced to North America by Europeans around 1622. Native Americans quickly embraced […]
I am always reading about Doomsday Preppers and their lists of survival gear should the economy collapse or […]
One Harbinger of Spring When I lived in the country the first pussy willow sightings were greeted with an […]
While debates continue to rage about the precise details and magnitude of what became dubbed Tulip Mania, the […]
For the first twenty years of an oak tree’s life they don’t produce a single acorn. Many oaks […]
Dandelions are much more than a weed; they are also valuable medicine. Here are a list of things […]
Adding a few scoops of slow release fertilizer to our petunia pots and baskets is a necessary rite […]
According to the most recent study, there are three trillion trees on earth – more than 420 trees […]
When I was about seven years old we were staying at a campground that sold red wigglers for […]
10 Common Vegetables and How Much to Plant!
So much depends on climate, soil and weather but the following list will at least give you some ground rules to figure out how much to plant. Things like carrots, beets or cabbage are easier to gauge…you know how big they are so if you account for a few inches extra for wiggle room and leaves etc. you have a pretty good idea of how much you will get for your space. Others are more difficult to plan. Those are the ones included here.
Toothpicks are made out of birch. Unless they’re made out of plastic and string. Toothpicks predate humans with evidence […]
Silhouettes of cowboys and cowgirls are popular in some areas, while grannies bent over weeding are all the rage […]
These foot shaped pavers are popular items easily sourced at nursery outlets. Pairing them with a container is […]
Don Featherstone is an artist. You probably don’t recognize the name, but unless you have spent the last […]
How do you grow a smile or three in your garden? Add a few signs and some creativity like […]
Spread clean, dry, whole berries on a cookie sheet and set in the freezer. An hour later transfer […]
Freezing rhubarb is a complicated, intensive and laborious process…NOT! To freeze rhubarb you simply freeze it. It really […]
Peony buds are amazing. One second they’re the size of a ping-pong ball and the next…bam! They burst into […]
Well…not wrong exactly. Hummingbirds like red but not any more than they like other colors. Truth is they […]
Myth #1 – Trees have deep roots. When you see a giant tree in the forest you just […]
You can now buy a plant sold under various names (in Canada it is called Ketchup ‘n’ Fries™) that produces tomatoes […]
It’s a thing. And it’s on the rise. People stealing vegetables from under a gardener’s nose. Gardeners are […]
Stinging nettles are often hated, always feared and rarely invited to dinner. And that’s a shame because this herb […]
Many vegetables and fruits produce leaves that are not only edible, but very, very, good for you. Others, […]
Broccoli – When it comes to broccoli, the focus is unfairly put on the florets. Once they are harvested […]
While there are exceptions to every rule, a green rule of thumb is you can tell what growing conditions a plant […]
Short answer? No. No it will not. I wanted to believe the myth after working in my garden yesterday and […]
The Gasplant Dictamnus albus is also known as Burning Bush or Dittany. Whatever you call it, here’s the […]
A lot of people are familiar with Guerrilla Gardening. The act of planting an unsightly lot or space with […]
Spring has only just begun where I live, but I recently made a trip south where I saw […]
Studies now suggest what gardeners have always known; gardening is good for you! Not just eating the vegetables, […]
Sprinkle a few flower petals in a salad, over a dish of ice cream or artfully place a sprig on […]
1. Avocados are the same shape as a womb and cervix. They even share the same gestation […]
Mystery Keeper Tomatoes are an heirloom, open pollinated (meaning you can save the seeds and get more Mystery Keeper […]
Using the moon phases to plant food crops is an ancient practice. Here are the basics!
Pitcher Plants includes several varieties of carnivorous plants that are cleverly designed to trap insects. The rim of […]
Food, shelter, clothing, oxygen…the bamboo provides all the ingredients we need to meet both the basics and the […]
Ah, the secret life of plants and the bugs that surround them. We live in an incredible […]
If Easter has left you walking on eggshells and you don’t know what to do with all those […]
Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Official Flowers listed alphabetically first by Province and then by Territory. Includes the year […]