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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Fettuccine with Spicy raw Tomato, Herb, and Caper Sauce

I’ve had this cookbook for years called The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. It has really fantastic looking recipes that use fresh herbs and vegetables. Being a student at the time this book was given to me, I felt taunted by the pages of delicious homemade pasta sauces (calling for 3 cups worth of fresh herbs) and side dishes that […]

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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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Cherryblossom shelf + Pomegranate Seedlings

Earlier this week, I spent a ridiculous amount of time painting a plain wooden shelf that I found at the craft store. It was the best solution that I could find for a problem that I’ve had since moving into my place last year: I need a spot near the window to put all my gardening experiments!!  The window ledges at my place […]

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Grow your own peanut plant

Alright, well I don’t know about you but I try to stay frugal with my gardening while keeping things interesting for myself. So when I borrowed a book from the library over the summer and found instructions for growing a peanut plant from regular peanuts bought at the grocery store, you can imagine how happy I was. Actually, I thought the idea […]

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Growing mushrooms at home and then eating them

I grew yellow oyster mushrooms a few weeks ago, just for fun. Not very many have grown yet, which disappoints me. I was hoping that more would grow so that I could look at how weird they are. Apparently it’s normal for the first flush to be small, so perhaps the next flush will be more to my satisfaction.   At least they tasted good. They […]

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