Category Archives: organic

A False Utopia

Now I do understand the complexity and necessity of the garden ecosystem.  I do.  But if I am being completely honest, a part of me was a little excited about the greenhouse possibly affording a somewhat more sanitized gardening experience. … Continue reading

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Genius or Gimmick?

Like many of us, I have been curious about the recent upside-down gardening fad, but have been reluctant to jump in.  Until, that is, I realized a bought a greenhouse which had, until last week, several metres of unused space, … Continue reading

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A Practical Elegance

Some of you will remember my aesthetically unpleasing yet wonderfully utilitarian apparatus from Lee Valley.  It was pressed into service again this year; for more information please click here. Here we have the crowd pleasing sugar snap peas alongside some … Continue reading

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A Decent Start

With the beautiful spring weather lately many people have been asking about just when they can get started in their gardens-I managed to find some time this weekend and couldn’t resist getting my hands dirty. This year I’ve planted: Brussel … Continue reading

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The Advantage of Selective Memory

I had forgotten what back-breaking work it is to plant seeds-especially the tiny lettuce seeds that haven’t been pelleted (covered in clay).  They’re hard to pick up and hold in your fingertips-mine seem to disappear under my nails every time! … Continue reading

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Hurry up and wait

Having this lovely, empty greenhouse in my backyard has been a mixed blessing these last couple of weeks.  We’ve been plagued by electrical problems and I still haven’t been able to get it wired properly.  A lesson in delayed gratification … Continue reading

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My Very Own Happy Place

My husband is known for his all-or-nothing, go-hard-or-go-home approach to, well, pretty much everything.  When he set his mind putting up a greenhouse, only the best would do.  And we found it at BC Greenhouses. Preparing for a good quality … Continue reading

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Sophie’s Choice

Well, the “World’s Best Husband” has planned to get me a greenhouse for our wedding anniversary!  And I found the perfect place for it-exactly where my present day garden sits (of course!). So this has involved moving the garden several … Continue reading

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Don’t Mock Mother Nature

It was just a couple of weeks ago that I made a snarky remark about how we’re still waiting for the predicted “worst winter in 20 years”.  Well, my patience was rewarded; last week saw snow, record-breaking wind chills and … Continue reading

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The list of chores I already know won’t get done.

January is supposed to be a time of renewal and an opportunity to be energized by new commitments to exercise, diet and a host of other well-intentioned ventures.  But honestly, everyone I know is just plain exhausted and still recovering … Continue reading

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