Making Vegan Basil Pesto and Pickled Hot Peppers

Can you believe that it’s almost October? It seems like the summer passed by so fast. With the nighttime temperatures dropping, it’s time to start harvesting the cold-sensitive plants. I decided to deal with the plants at home first. Although I didn’t do much with the front garden this year, I did grow a large basil plant in the yard, […]

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Farewell garden plot, hello new garden, and hello sprouted mango pit!

Hello all, I have news to share! I’ve moved out of my downtown apartment and into a house in a quiet neighbourhood. This has been both sad and exciting. Sad, because I had to give up my garden plot. I now live too far away from it to maintain it. However, I now have a garden outside my front door, which […]

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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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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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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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Spring is here, and so is gardening season!

Ah, what a wonderous, magical time of year spring is! The days are getting longer, the breezes are warmer, the muddied grass is showing through bits of melted snow and gardening companies are hawking their wares. Normally I try to make posts informative in some way but today is all about showing off my gardening crap that came in the […]

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This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

It is a Sunday afternoon in the middle of July. The mercury in the thermometer is climbing high and the sun shines brightly on my balcony. I step outside with a watering can, squinting, and within approximately 2.5 seconds the armpits of my 100% cotton t-shirt are soaked with sweat. The high-pitched humming of cicadas pierces through the chugging sound of a tortured air conditioner. Oh, lord. How am I supposed to get […]

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