Garden Update – Dahlias

Garden Update – Dahlias

Dahlia (Dahlia sp.) is Mexico's national flower, a genus of bushy, tuberous plants, native to Mexico and Central America, in the same family as daisies, sunflowers and chrysanthemums.   I am growing them in my garden in Canada for the first time, both from seed, and from crowns bought at a gardening centre ... click on title for more

Harvest of the Day

Harvest of the Day

A few days ago, I harvested my first large bunch of epazote; I also gathered the first thinning of basil.  From my new 2022 seed, I am still getting nice handfuls of "Little Marvel" peas, and I just picked the last of the purple radishes. I also harvested garlic and shallots ... click on title for more

First Summer Crop – Epazote

First Summer Crop – Epazote

Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides) is a traditional Mexican herb that I have used and described in my posts before.  In English, it is known as Mexican tea or wormseed, and grows freely (sometimes considered invasive) in Southern USA, Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.  I bought a seed packet a few years ago, spread some in a sunny patch, and I have had them self-seed and come back every late spring ever since, ready for harvest as soon as summer arrives.  This year is no different, and as seen in the photo above, it looks like a bumper crop ... click on title for more