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How to Save Your Seeds

If you've grown some varieties that you really love, be sure to save a bunch of their seeds, both to grow again next year, and to trade with your friends/family.

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Compost Tea: How to Brew It and Use It in Your Garden

Some people get high tech and use a fish tank aerator for their compost tea, but I just use my stick to slosh everything around for about an hour until it's properly frothy.

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Beneficial Insects and How to Attract Them to Your Garden

Insect allies such as ladybugs, braconid wasps, and lacewings can help control (and even eliminate) pests like aphids, mites, and caterpillars from your garden.

Organic and Heirloom Seed Companies

One of the most common questions we get asked is where we order our seeds from. Our main writers are mostly based in Canada and the USA, so the following companies are based in these two countries. If you'd like to add your favourite company to our list, especially if you're from another country, please … Continue reading Organic and Heirloom Seed Companies

Regrow These Vegetables in Your Kitchen

It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, but it's also incentive to do some research about which vegetables can be re-grown on a countertop. It's really quite startling to see just how much can be grown from leftover scraps: all you need is water, and a sunny spot to place the plants, and within a week or two you'll have a fresh batch of edibles to enjoy.

Book Gifts for Plant Lovers

Whether the people on your list are seasoned gardeners and herbalists or just learning the basics, we've got you covered. Here is a list of favourite books, recommended by our contributors, friends, neighbours, family members, and local farmers.

Close Enough

My hope is green, eternally, like my tomatoes. The first year I grew tomatoes, it was a year of perfect weather. The last of its kind. A unicorn summer of bursting, fleshy sweetness and easy breezes. For the seven years hence, it's been one Farmer's Worst Case Scenario after another. Aphids. Surprise frosts. Early blight, … Continue reading Close Enough

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Light-Dependent Germination

Have you ever struggled with starting plants from seeds? Many seeds require direct sunlight to shake them awake and tell them to get growing already.

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Snow White is Vexed

The downside to having one's home known as an Inn of Solace is that the squirrels, rabbits, and deer also feel that my garden is their personal buffet.

When Goals Meet Opposition…

What happens if you're living with aging parents who refuse to even consider it? Or if your partner is terrified of what the neighbours will think when yours is the only lawn covered in kale and zucchini instead of grass like everyone else's?