30 Day Vegan Challenge: Days 1,2, and 3

So I decided to try a vegan diet for 30 days. It is something that I’ve always wanted to do but have always procrastinated and made up excuses for why I “can’t do it right now.” Well, no more excuses. For some reason I’m feeling serious about it now. I started on Sunday January 11th and have just finished day 3. Here’s how 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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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.

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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Homemade Truffles with Variations (Vegan!)

These truffles are rich and creamy and perfect for the holidays. The secret ingredient: cashews blended with water to serve as a cream substitute. I got the basic recipe from the Food.com website, then grabbed flavouring ideas from another website and put it all together. When making several flavours, I like to make a big batch at once and pour the plain chocolate into separate […]

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