Spring 2017: Garlic, eggplants, raspberries and grapes in the garden plot

It seemed like winter would never end — especially when we got snow in May — but the warm weather is finally here. And you know what that means: gardening! This is my second year with the same garden plot, so I’m off to a good start already. I created rows in the fall and amended the soil by adding compost, […]

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How to Grow Legumes: Yin-Yang Beans

Are you looking to grow something different this year? If you’re anything like me, you want to break the monotony of growing tomatoes, carrots, basil, and other common vegetables and herbs. Or, maybe you’re thinking of long-term survival strategies. As a fan of “The Walking Dead,” I cannot help but imagine the worst and ask myself how I would feed […]

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2016 Garden Plot Review, Surprise Plants, Butternut Squashes and a Ripening Pumpkin

I can’t believe it’s September already! This gardening season is passing by quickly. Despite the challenges that I faced this season, there have also been rewards. Take a look at the plot and the transformation it has gone through. RIGHT SIDE OF PLOT At the size of 25 feet by 50 feet, the plot won’t fit into just one picture, […]

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Loads of Eggplants, a Teensy Watermelon, and a Monarch Butterfly in the Garden

I have a new plot at a different community garden. I’m thankful that I managed to get a spot for the season; I had to wait in line for TWO hours to get it, but it was worth it! After hours and hours of hard work, I managed to fill half the plot with tomato, eggplant, sweet pepper, and watermelon […]

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DIY Grape Trellis – High Cordon Trellis System

This summer, H and I built a grape trellis for the garden plot. I’ve been wanting to grow my own Cordon grapes for years now, so I’m excited that I finally found time for this project. We went with a trellis that works well for North American and European grape varieties: the High Cordon Trellis System. It consists of two […]

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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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Hardening off seedlings: preparing for transplant!

It’s time to transplant the seedlings! For the past couple of weeks I’ve been hardening them off. This means gradually exposing the seedlings to outdoor weather to help them adjust to it. This way, when they are planted outside, they will be more likely to grow well rather than go into shock and possibly die. The hardening off process involves a bit of thinking ahead, but for […]

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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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