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Peas for breakfast

I have really enjoyed the sugar snap peas this spring. I have never really grown them before (OK, I have never grown them successfully) and was so pleased to find that we had a crop of big, fat peas with crisp, edible … Continue reading

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Watch out for flying snails

When my oldest son was about ten years old, he liked playing with medeival toy figures. This was nourished by a trip to Scotland which included many castle visits, and the medieval history unit that year at school.  He was quite taken with models … Continue reading

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Epic battle: the vine vs. the lilac

For several years I tried to kill the huge green vine at the side of the house. I hacked at it every spring as it sprang to life with its long, green tentacles, cutting branch after branch with an enthusiasm usually reserved for quackgrass in the vegetable … Continue reading

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Everyone needs a watering can

Last week, the gardens got very dry. It seems to be the one down side to my raised beds out front: they drain very quickly. Since I now have three rain barrels, however, I managed to water them every few days by … Continue reading

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Meeting celebrities

At Canada Blooms, I was delighted to meet Alexander Reford of Reford Gardens in Quebec. I couldn’t believe my luck, not only getting to say hello but having a few moments of his time to hear about what he does and … Continue reading

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Dinner in the dark

It is an exciting thing to be in a new city and looking for somewhere to have dinner. And what a place we found! I made a reservation at O.Noir for Friday evening at 8:30. We dressed for supper having no idea … Continue reading

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Forget me not

Forget-me-nots are a funny flower. Gardeners are always trying to add blue to their gardens (I am not sure why, I just know that there are a ton of magazine articles about it, and in May the entire Horticultural Society … Continue reading

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Diddley dee potatoes

Yesterday I did something I have never done before: I planted potatoes. Three different varieties, including “Russian Blue”, which really are blue (although I am told the colour fades when you cook them. I will let you know when I find out … Continue reading

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Winter dreams

Sometimes in the winter months as I close my eyes at night, I relax by doing some imaginary gardening. I picture my yard, lush and green. I dream of the new ways I will plant vegetables in the spring and how I will renovate … Continue reading

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A walk around the block

I have not heard anything from the Town of Oakville regarding the complaint made about my new vegetable beds on the front lawn. I do know from looking at our town bylaws, however, that the problem is not the plants–those are allowed. … Continue reading

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