The Garden Plot: Summer 2018 Update

Hey fellow gardeners, foodies, and nature lovers! How’s your summer going so far? The weather has been brutal here. If you live in Eastern Canada or the Northeastern U.S., you already know about the record-breaking heat waves we had this month. Here in Ottawa, our Canada Day celebrations were cut short by the highest humidex ever recorded: 47. As the weeks went […]

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Grocery Store Plants: A Date With Dragonfruit WITH UPDATE 2017

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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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 Make a Lightbulb Greenhouse

I’ve had this project on my list for years. As a fan of DIY hacks, any sort of repurposed/reused doodads, AND gardening, how could I resist something as cool as a light bulb greenhouse? Any plants that you grow inside it will reuse the water supply, which is helpful if you forget to water your plants or go on vacation. Personally, […]

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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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Making Vegan Basil Pesto and Pickled Hot Peppers

Can you believe that it’s almost October? It seems like the summer passed by so fast. With the nighttime temperatures dropping, it’s time to start harvesting the cold-sensitive plants. I decided to deal with the plants at home first. Although I didn’t do much with the front garden this year, I did grow a large basil plant in the yard, […]

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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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