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Gardening Virus

No matter how it goes, well or poorly, you’ll never forget your first real foray into gardening. You’ll also never forget the devastation of your tender seedlings getting hit by frost. The first time I ever planted anything, which I don’t count as real gardening – was back when I lived in downtown Toronto. The […]

Making Compost

If you garden, flowers or vegetables, you are either making compost in a pile or in a bin. If you’re not, you should be. Compost heaps, bins, buckets or piles put to use all the organic waste left over from grass clippings to leaves, dead plants, vegetables that are past consumption, and even some household […]

Pros and Cons of Vegetable Garden Seeds

If you are planning on starting a vegetable garden to save money the first thing that you need to consider is whether you are going to start with vegetable garden seeds or established plants from a nursery or greenhouse. Seeds are much less expensive, but take longer to grow. In most areas and with many […]

Your Garden Plan

Hoorah to you if you are designing a garden plan – especially so if this is your first year growing one. The amount of space you’ll want for your vegetable garden is completely dependent on what you want to grow and how much of it you’ll want to harvest. This is one of those things […]

Growing Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes is one of my favorite activities during the spring, summer and fall months. If find the tomato to be easy to grow, versatile in recipes, a breeze to freeze, can be canned in many varieties, and fun to harvest. I started growing this delicious fruit right around the time I realized just how […]

Garden Maintenance

Caring for a growing vegetable garden requires that you look after them on a daily basis. Not only do you have to make sure that they are watered, but you also have to remove any weeds that grow in the garden that will choke the nutrients from your plants. Regular garden maintenance is the key […]

Get The Best From Your Garden

All of your hard work has paid off and you actually have a bunch of vegetables grown in your garden. You will know when they are ready simply by looking at them but root vegetables are a bit more difficult to judge. By the second season of keeping a vegetable garden you’ll be able to […]

Preserve Vegetables From Your Garden

There are many ways that you can preserve vegetables and fruits. Fruits are often cooked and then canned, such as jellies, jams and preserves. Fruits are easy to can and only need to undergo a hot water process that seals the wax on the ring of the canning jar. This is easy to do. Tomatoes […]

Organic Pesticides: Potato Beetle

My potato beetle plague was solved with all organic pesticides. I suppose it wasn’t actually a plague but when that potato beetle pest came into my garden and started multiplying I certainly felt invaded. Since I’m growing a chemical free garden I thought I had to just put up with the bugs, until I found […]