How to Grow Legumes: Yin-Yang Beans

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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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The 2016 Garden Plot Harvest

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Somehow I never got around to posting photos of the harvest this year, so I’ll post them all now as a yearly summary. As you can see, my eggplants did the best. I finally got a watermelon to grow, although I think it was under-ripe when I picked it. I didn’t take photos of all the butternut squash, but those […]

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Grocery Store Plants: A Date With Dragonfruit

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I couldn’t resist the corny title. I have a date plant and several tiny dragonfruit cacti growing on the windowsill right now. As you can see, I’ve got some other plants growing there as well. There’s a small orchid plant, a spider plant cutting, a mini lavender rose bush, and lilac bush cuttings. The date plant is the one that […]

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

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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

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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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Harvesting and Saving Tomato Seeds

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So last month I taught myself how to save seeds from garden vegetables. I figure if I’m going to keep gardening, I should expand my knowledge at least a little bit each season. I chose to start with something easy: tomato seeds from the gigantic cherry tomato plant in our front garden.   Of all my plants, it growth was the most […]

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Seedlings growing, garlic bulbs sprouting, and preparing the garden plot

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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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3 Tips for Growing a Humongous Basil Plant

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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Spring is here, and so is gardening season!

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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 grocery store plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon

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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