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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Growing passion fruit from grocery store seeds: Part 1

So I’ve been wanting to grow passion fruit for a while. It’s a beautiful plant. Flowers bloom on the vine, their petals white with purple fringe, the pistil large and prodtruding far from the center with its twisting stamens. It’s a flower that is exotic to me, living in Canada where passion fruit does not naturally grow. The only place that it might exist here in Ottawa is in a […]

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Grow your own peanut plant PART 3 (FINALE)

A continuation of Grow your own peanut plant PART ONE and PART TWO . . . . I know this update is long overdue and I apologize for making anyone wait for the final results.  I’m happy to report that the plant successfully produced several peanuts. Five of them, to be exact. Upon cracking them open, I was disappointed to […]

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Bits of summer: basil flowers, growing eddoes and harvesting jalapeno peppers

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. Even though it’s still warm enough to wear shorts and sandles most days, that doesn’t change the fact that the days are getting shorter, kids and teachers are getting ready for school to start, and my calender screams “hey you, it’s September!!” whenever I glance at it. When I look back on […]

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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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Growing grocery store plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon

It’s the end of May and stores across the city are opening up their garden centers and stocking their shelves with plants, seeds, and other gardening supplies. Threat of frost seems to be over, and the ground outside has thawed. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to get planting!  I went to the nearest Canadian Tire store last weekend and picked […]

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