Amaryllis From Seed

I love amaryllis. I mean, who doesn’t, right? They’re most popular in the winter season, during the lead-up to Christmas, and they’re a common Christmas gift in my family. I’ve been growing them for years, but for the longest time treated them as a one-off plant that was allowed to …

Choices, Choices: What to Grow?

I wanted to write a post about how to choose what to grow in your garden, but I simply don’t think I can do a better job than Erica at Northwest Edible Life has done.  This post is particularly helpful for those who’re starting out with their gardens, or those …

First Seed Order of 2014

Three days into 2014 and the first seed order has been made. I ordered 22 seed packets for under $25.00 from SeedsNow.com on Saturday night after winning a gift certificate on Facebook on Saturday night.  I usually order my seeds exclusively from Canadian seed companies when possible – which I …

The 2014 Garden Season Starts Now

Well, actually I think it may have started before the 2013 season ended, but I don’t like to tell people that, or else they look at you funny, kind of a mix between the way they look at grandma when she falls asleep at the dinner table and the way …

Dealing with Wildlife

As much as I love elderberries, elderberry pies and tarts I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to walking through the long grass and marsh that is require to get to the wild berries growing on my family farm.  This past weekend I managed to get enough …

Elderberries!

It’s the middle of August and the elderberries are starting to ripen.  This summer in Ontario has been quite dry and you can see it’s had an impact on the berries.  They’re much smaller this year than they were last year; which of course was an above-average year for moisture.  …