I have bought several packets of new seed, as seen in the photo. Some are staple crops, while others are new to me, with strong Mexican connexions ... click on title for more
Flower of the Day – The Last Snowfall?
In the typical fashion of Canadian spring weather, temperatures dropped very quickly yesterday, and by nightfall, snow had started to accumulate on the ground. A cold awakening this morning was accompanied by a white blanket all over the grass, outdoor furniture, and plants, including spring flowers ... click on title for more
Sunchokes – Rediscovering an Ancient Crop
The Sunchoke, or Jerusalem artichoke, is a perennial plant of the sunflower family; sunchoke tubers were an important part of the native American diet, and continued to be grown by settlers in North America and also after being introduced to Europe, but they were eventually forgotten when potatoes and other New World vegetables became staples. There have been some efforts to bring sunchokes back to the table ... click on title for more
New Crops 2021
The ground is still covered with a white layer of snow in my backyard, but daylight times are getting longer, so I am ready to start some seed indoors. This year I have found a new-to-me seed and gardening company based in Ontario, Canada, which specializes in herbs, but also has a decent selection of veggies, flowers and garden supplies. I was blown away by the fact that they carry some Mexican varieties that I have been wanting to grow at home here in Southern Ontario ... click on title for more
My New Seeds Have Arrived!
In cold-winter regions, every gardener goes through the process of feeling tired of being confined indoors, “growing vicariously” through reviews of gardening sites and seed catalogues, and planning the next season. Many make the promise to “just look, not buy any more seeds this year”, only to give in to the exciting new varieties, or items that have been on the wish list for too long … click on title for more