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What, me worry?

As we prepare to move out of our old house, we are faced with the huge task of removing the front yard vegetable beds. There are nine wooden boxes, each 4 X 8 feet, filled with nine yards (or more!) of rich … Continue reading

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Community gardening is no walk in the park

Last week I was pleased to attend a meeting at the Oakville Freedom Centre on Bronte Road. They are the host site for a joint garden project that grows food for the hungry in our town. I think that’s very cool. But it has clearly not been … Continue reading

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I picked a peck of peppers (or maybe just a few)

Growing sweet peppers makes me feel like Charlie Brown with his football. Remember how Lucy would coax Charlie into letting her set up the ball so he could run and kick it? And then at the last second, she always … Continue reading

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Disappointment in the dirt

My fall crop was a dud. Yes, the fall crop I was so excited about, the fall crop I had managed to plant for the very first time, the fall crop of beets, turnips, lettuce and radishes–it failed. Miserably. With all … Continue reading

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Soup for the soul

I made leek and potato soup the other day. It was my day off, and everyone was out, so the house was quiet. It felt wonderful to be all alone in the kitchen. I was meditative as I washed the … Continue reading

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Children in my garden

When I was about five or six years old, I discovered that there were carrots growing in my backyard. They were out behind the shed and the little green tops were only a couple of inches high when I came … Continue reading

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The Great Tomato Mystery: solved!

At the beginning of the summer, I wrote a post about my mystery plant. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. It was supposed to be a tomato, but didn’t look like one. So I adopted two of them out … Continue reading

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I’m dreaming of a…new freezer

Several months ago, our refrigerator died a smoky and dramatic death (the compressor broke). We survived for quite a while with nothing but a beer fridge in the garage, cramming as much as we could into a very small space, which was never enough … Continue reading

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My garden’s first vandalism

Our house and our neighbourhood are about 16 years old. Many people moved in here when their kids were babies, which means we now have roving bands of teenagers on the streets during the summer. These kids, who seem to have very little … Continue reading

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My husband is a gadget freak

My husband loves gadgets. He has a lime-press and an extra long shoe horn (I’ve never used it but he swears it’s a necessity). A couple of years ago he bought me a cherry-pitter, even though we hardly ever eat cherries. He … Continue reading

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