Planting Garlic Before Winter + Peppermint Tea

Planting garlic before winter + peppermint tea

It is past time to plant bulbs for the spring. I’ve planted garlic before without success, probably because I put the bulbs in containers outside, which doesn’t work. This year I planted cloves in the ground, following instructions from a Harrowsmith article. I feel much more confident about my chances of success this year. According to the article, it is best to […]

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Carrot and swiss chard harvest, drying the garden herbs, and learning to blanch vegetables.

Carrot and swiss chard harvest, drying the garden herbs, and learning to blanch vegetables

I haven’t updated in a while, so I’ve got a few things to share. As my fellow Canadians are fully aware, the weather has grown much colder and that means wrapping things up in the garden. My goals were to harvest the carrots before the cold killed them, preserve the herbs, and do something with the huge amounts of swiss […]

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Product Review: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder

Kiss Me Organics recently asked me to review their product Matcha Green Tea Powder. I am not much of a tea fan, but I know that antioxidants are good for you so I gave it a try, out of curiosity. My main purpose in trying this product is to include more antioxidants in my diet. What are antioxidants and why […]

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DIY: How to Make an Indoor Greenhouse


In a previous post, I complained that certain plants weren’t growing well. These were tropical plants grown from grocery store seeds, suffering in my Canadian apartment that receives very little light all winter. Not wanting to stop my experiments, I figured that I should build an indoor greenhouse. It seemed like an easy enough project that could solve my problem, so I put one together. Like […]

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Cupcakes/Muffins #12, 13, 14, 15

So I’ve decided to cheat with my 52 Cupcakes goal by letting muffins qualify. They’re pretty much the same thing except less sugary. I’ve been trying to eat breakfast everyday but the only way that happens is if I can grab something on the way out the door and eat it while waiting for the elevator (or perhaps while running […]

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Summer 2013: Photos from the garden plot and balcony garden!


Okay, I realize it’s late in the year to be posting an update about my garden. It’s snowing outside, and the ground has frozen too hard to dig up the earth. The season is over. It’s too late to even plant bulbs. I’ve been procrastinating the whole uploading photos and posting an update thing because I feel disappointed with the […]

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Growing grocery store plants: Tamarind PART 1


So it’s been a while since I’ve attempted to grow anything from a grocery store plant, but winter is coming so that means it’s time for some indoor entertainment. I will show you how to sprout tamarind seedlings. I chose to grow tamarind this time because a bunch of my recipes call for it. It is a sticky paste similar to dates […]

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