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Planting potatoes, when do you prefer to?

Do you plant your spuds in the spring? Or do you prefer a fall potato planting? When do you prefer to plant potatoes in the garden? Potatoes can be grown well in a variety of ways, one of the favorite ways to grow potatoes here in the gardens at Garden. Plant. Grow. Eat. , is... the potato tower. Although I do oddly enjoy hilling rows of potatoes throughout the growing season, this vertical, space-saving idea has also served up well in the past! How do you grow potatoes? We'd love to know! What is your favorite space-saving method for growing potatoes in a small garden?

Eating local food in the New Year

Aside from summer when the garden plants are flourishing and full of vegetables and fruit, this is my next favorite time of the year... The holiday bustle is over, the New Year has begun and I fully begin to appreciate the value of my stored harvest from the garden. Local food is the best food! Last year, I made sure to freeze or dry as much of last year’s veggies, fruit, and berries as I could from the garden... Straight from the garden, I washed, bagged, and then froze anything extra I was not going to eat within a day or two.   By the end of the fall, I had quite the cache in the bottom of the deep freeze.   Thankfully, the peaches, zucchini, tomatoes, greens, and berries that I froze, all wintered well. After dipping into my frozen green beans and a winter filled with creamy peach smoothies, I tell you, I will never buy another bag of processed, frozen vegetables or fruit from the store. After a brief visit to the steamer, eating the frozen beans were like summer happening a

A Four Seasons Greenhouse

So many wonderful, extremely healthy crops can be grown through the winter with an appropriately designed greenhouse right in your backyard, even in a land known primarily for its igloos, hockey, and the toque!  I am determined to find the best and most affordable solution to my winter gardening and vegetable quandary. A greenhouse for growing vegetables, winter greenhouse crops and starting my garden seeds has been on my backyard plan wish list for quite some time now .  During a cold, Canadian winter, the produce section at the market, or grocery store, can begin to look a bit bleak  once the last of the local produce disappears for the year.  When produce tags and stickers on the  peppers, apples, and other fruits and veggies  start appearing from origins on the other side of the planet, I try my best to avoid them. I do not mean to sound picky or ungrateful and I am not,  I just have a hard time stomaching the whole idea of these foods being shipped from far off lands when

Hot Peppers: Celebrating the Habañero and Jalapeno Pepper!

Habañero, jalapeno, Red...HOT... PEPPERS! Hot Peppers... What's your favorite variety? An excessive amount of hot pepper plants seem to find their way into my garden each and every year. What can I say... Not only do I enjoy growing any variety of hot pepper really,  I also LOVE to eat them! In this year's garden, my intention was to keep things small, or at least, simple. Sure! Simple I may have kept things...  But the 'garden' just kept stretching. Sooooo... What's your favorite variety of hot pepper? Do you like your hot peppers SUPER hot, or more on the mildly spicy side? Do you prefer the heat of the habañero or hop of a jalapeno? Where do your tastebuds land in the  Scoville Heat Scale /aff ? Not sure? Here's  20 Different Types of Peppers and Their Delicious Uses found at Epicurious.com  for you to explore. "If you can't take the heat, steer clear of the garden!"

Ramblings of a Rabbit

[UPDATE: 8.29.2020] The summer has always been my favorite time of the year, mostly because of the availability of a large variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. I have so many childhood memories that lie within the rows of a cherry orchard, a stand of apple trees or stealing the peas from my mother‘s vegetable garden. Growing up in an area of the world with a lengthy growing season and a desirable climate, fruit farms and ground crops used to be found lining the roads, filling the fields, and trailing up the mountainsides... Today, vineyards and suburban housing developments take place in many of these areas.  Today, much of the fruit and vegetables that arrive in our grocery stores and markets are imported from far away countries.  I often wonder how this all really makes sense.  Of course, there are certain fruits and veggies that can only be grown in specific areas.  Importing this produce makes sense!  Coming from an area as I have though, I find it rather disappointing t

From a Meadow, Grew a Garden

As a young child, just beginning to learn about and see all the miracles that occur every day in Nature, I would travel past the backyard vegetable garden and past the chicken coup... It was very much on the borderline of “too far from the house”, as our parents would recite on a daily basis.  However, hidden among some trees at the back of the yard was my 'secret place', the place where 'magic' happened! Adventurous and daring as children often are, no matter what I was told, I had to see what was hidden behind those trees. Breaking through the wall of evergreen boughs that scratched my bare arms and face, there, a secluded meadow that lay behind the trees. At first, all I saw was a rocky barren hillside.  After standing there for a moment, minuscule flecks of colors began to pop out from behind rocks and under sticks. This meadow was not barren ground at all, but a luscious garden of miniature flowers. If I had been any older, or further away from the gro

A Beginner's Guide to starting seeds indoors!

In every seed, rests a plant just waiting for its moment to shine brightly in the warm sun. From this plant, come more seeds that return back to the soil, to begin the process all over again. It is in this basic essence and connection of a plant, and the garden, that my passion for plants, and gardening, became firmly rooted. New to the 'grows' of starting a bountiful, edible garden? Simply looking for a few new tips to help start your garden seeds AND plants off on the right... garden path? A Beginner's Guide to starting seeds indoors!  Many vegetable garden seeds prefer to be started in the warmth of the indoors, be it the confines of the greenhouse (when available) or a brightly light, warm, dry space inside the house. This is where most seedlings will start the best! With that being said, pre-planning is a very important aspect of every vegetable garden. If these seeds are not started early enough, your seed planting success plan will be turned into a co