Seedlings growing, garlic bulbs sprouting, and preparing the garden plot

Hi all, In my last post, I had planted seeds. Let’s see how they’re doing! Here are the seedlings as of three and a half weeks ago, April 3rd.   A week later I removed the humidity dome and placed the tray in the patch of sunlight near the patio door. I don’t do this every day, but I try to when it’s […]

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Spring gardening 2015: getting started with indoor seeds!

Hello all, As my fellow Northern Hemispherians must have noticed, the days are getting longer already. We’ve sprung ahead by one hour this weekend and soon enough the snow will be melting and gardening season will be upon us again. Have you started your indoor seeds yet? I just did mine. I kept it to a minimum this year, because I’m […]

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Back to grocery store plants: Sweet Granadilla and Rambutan

After a long break, I am growing grocery store fruits again! Over the past couple of years, most of my indoor growing experiments – pomegranate, peanut, and avocado, to name a few – have died of neglect. I’ve been so focused on vegetable gardening in my community garden plot that I didn’t make time for much else, which is a shame because grocery store plants are […]

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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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The Garden in September

September is a funny time of year for gardening in Ottawa. August is usually full of rain, cool weather and cloudy skies. In September, the weather warms up and feels more like summer than fall. Then it’s cold. Then it’s hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. Hot. This month is flip-flopping between beautiful warm evenings and bloody freezing days. I just don’t […]

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3 Tips for Growing a Humongous Basil Plant

Fresh basil is awesome in the summer. You can add it to bruschetta toppings, pasta sauces, or make pesto from scratch. It smells great – way better than that dried stuff in the shaker jar. It can be expensive to buy fresh, but with a pot of dirt, a basil plant or seeds, and some elbow grease, you can grow […]

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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.

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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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