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Best Food Plants for Containers

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When you’re dealing with a small space in which to build your garden, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you go to the nursery. There are hundreds and hundreds of different kinds of seeds and plants to choose from! So where do you start?? The staff at the nurseries should be able to guide you towards smaller varieties of plants and veggies that are more suited to growing in containers than others. Smaller plants are great not just for their size but they usually have a shorter time to harvest because of their size. This characteristic can sometimes allow you …


List of Edible Flowers

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Anise Hyssop – Mild licorice flavour. Use in fruit desserts and tea or as a garnish for iced tea Arugula – If your arugula blooms then it’s likely that the leaves are too strong to eat. But the little white flowers have a slight peppery taste and are flavourful on salads or on appetizers Basil – This one should be obvious. The tiny white flowers can be used as seasoning and the whole blooming stalk can be used as a garnish for a drink or in soups and stews Bee Balm (Monarda) – The red flowered variety of this plant …


What is Diatomaceous Earth?

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Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring substance that is made up of fossilized diatoms. These are a type of single cell planktonic algae that lived in the ancient oceans and freshwater lakes millions of years ago. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, ancient, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Over a long period of time, diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Silica is very common in nature and makes up 26% of the earth’s crust by weight. Various forms of silica include …


List of Tomato Cultivars

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Micro Tom Tomato

Here is a list of some of the many, many tomato varieties available. Depending on your region you’ll be able to find these varieties ans well as many others for sale in your local nurseries that are not listed here. Check each of their growth characteristics individually as you choose them to make sure they’re suitable for your region. There are more than 3000 heritage and heirloom tomato varieties actively being grown around the world. There are somewhere around 15,000 known tomato varieties in total. There are so many varieties of seeds that you can quite literally grow dozens and …


8 Steps to Growing Great Tomatoes

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Healthy Tomato Vine

Step 1: When you’re at the nursery, always choose the shortest and most stocky young plant you can find. The short stocky, thick stemmed seedlings are grown with care under very close proximity UV lighting. The short thick young plants show that the little sprouts didn’t have to reach for the light as they were spouting and beginning to grow. If the young tomato stalk you’re looking at is lanky and thin or even floppy, this is not a good choice and means that the light was too dim or too far away from the spouts to cause them to …


The Tomato: Fruit or Vegetable?

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Snowy Tomatoes

People, over the years have learned how to eat all parts of hundreds of different plants. This includes everything from the flowers to the fruit to the stems and leaves to the seeds and on to the roots too. Celery and rhubarb are stems Lettuce and spinach are leafy vegetables Broccoli is clusters of tiny flower buds that bloom if you don’t pick it Artichoke is a giant flower bud Potatoes and turnips are root vegetables Herbs are classified as vegetables Mushrooms are fungus Eggplant is a fruit and so is corn!  Now the tomato… Most people assume that the tomato …


How to Sprout Raspberry Seeds in Winter

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Backyard Food Growing Yellow Raspberries

Sprouting raspberry seeds in winter takes a little effort and patience but it can really be worth it because it allows you to grow different varieties of raspberries that are not available in the nurseries. This is a good project if you have extra fridge space that will be undisturbed throughout the winter, such as a garage fridge or basement fridge. Start this project in the late summer and you’ll see results in the early spring. Always choose a reputable place to acquire your seeds. Don’t buy seeds online from China. Seeds from China have a very low germination rate …


How to Grow Grapes in Containers

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Grape Bunch 2017

Grapes are most often seen growing in long rows in vast fields, lined up perfectly on rolling hills in the sun baked valleys of the landscape. It would be easy to assume that it’s impossible to have a grape vine growing in a small space or even in a container. This isn’t true and with a little planning and pruning it’s possible to grow grapes in containers successfully. They just need a lot of nutrition and minerals to be at their best. Micro Climates Micro climates are little pockets of weather and temperature differences within another climate zone. These can …


How to Make Seed Tape

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Commercially produced seed tape is great and very convenient but the drawback is that there aren’t very many seed types that are available this way. Seed tape is also quite expensive compared to bulk seeds in packages. The solution is to make your own seed tape and use any seeds you want. You can make your own seed tape by using unbleached paper towel or unbleached toilet paper. Learning to make your own seed tape will help you accurately plant tiny seeds that are difficult to space out properly just by sprinkling. Some seeds like lettuce, carrots, basil and radishes …


Root Weevils

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Root Weevil

I didn’t even know what a root weevil was for all the years I was gardening at my last place which is in a mostly rural setting. But then, 18 months ago I had to move on short notice. So I packed up, picked up and dragged my mature 12 year old garden in the mucky weather of February and I managed to move it in less than two months! We now have a cute little house right in the middle of town. Little did I know that this new house is completely infested with weevils and ants for that …


How to Grow Raspberries from Seeds

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One way to grow your own patch of raspberries is to do it from seeds. It takes more patience but the rewarding harvest that goes with it is usually worth the wait. You’ll be looking at waiting and nurturing your seeds and sprouts for two growing seasons before a plentiful crop of berries will grow.  Purchasing seeds is definitely the cheapest way to go but remember that they do require that extra bit of patience and time to mature them to the point that they’ll produce fruit. If you want a quick berry harvest sooner, then it’s best to get cuttings from …


What is a GMO?

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GMO stands for what? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, sometimes known as Genetically Engineered Organism. If you do any research at all, you’ll quickly see that there is much talk about how the GMO foods might be adversely affecting our health.  Many countries have already banned everything to do with GMO seeds, including its’ related farming methods and the food that is produced from it. Some of the countries that have rejected GMO’s are Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Luxembourg, New Zealand, Madeira and Switzerland. They have all banned the sale, use and planting of GMO seeds. Several more countries …


The Haskap Berry

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The Haskap berry is another unique berry that I recommend home gardeners have alongside the blue blueberries and the pink blueberries. In Latin, the Haskap plant is known as Lonicera Caerulea. Sometimes you’ll see Haskap spelled in other ways such as Hascap, Haskaap and Hasukappu. The name is of Japanese origin.  The Haskap berry is growing in popularity and is touted as the newest super berry health food. It has greater health benefits than most other berries. Each big Haskap berry holds a powerhouse of antioxidants that are greater than that of both blueberries and cranberries.  The Haskap berry has higher levels …


Fiskars Softouch Weeder

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I highly recommend that every gardener have this tool on hand. The Fiskars Softouch Weeder. It’s also known as a dandelion weeder. This tool is specifically designed for the long, deep tap roots that a dandelion, thistles and some other weeds produce. However, it is also effective in removing other weeds too such as the plantain. Don’t let it fool you, the bent design is perfect. There are other designs of this tool available but trust me, this one works the best. The angle of it and the leverage is perfect and the weed pops out easily. When the weeder is applied …


The Garden Bandit

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The Garden Bandit

The Garden Bandit is a Canadian made tool and is one of the best I’ve ever found. It’s a must have for every gardener and will become as important as pruners to you in no time at all. It’s a simple design but amazingly efficient at uprooting large numbers of weeds with little effort. It’s a very lightweight hand tool that’s perfect for those with limited strength. The very thin stainless steel blade glides through the soil, the weeds don’t stand a chance when it comes to The Garden Bandit. Once the soil is loosened it’s quick and easy to just …


The Pine Berry

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Pineberries and Strawberry

 Have you ever heard of a Pine berry? This is a berry that we all should be growing, it’s beautiful and different. It’s unique looking delicious little berry holds a special reward for those who grow them. This is my first year with them so I’ve only been able to harvest two little berries so far. They were very delicious and different. They actually did have a pineapple-y flavour! I’m hooked on them now. The Pine Berry It’s botanical name is “Fragaria ananassa”. It’s a hybrid of Fragaria chiloensis, that originated in South America, and Fragaria virginiana, which originated in North America. It’s …