Seedy Gains

Stave off the late winter blawhs with a good ‘ol seed exchange and shopping spree! No one can complain about seeds – they’re not shoes! We have had an impressive pre-spring-spring thaw here in Toronto!  Weather like this makes anyone anticipate warmer days, except we just end up on a weather roller coaster because it’s…

Feature Creature: Professor Elwood Pricklethorn.

Introducing Professor Elwood Prickelthorn, ; alter ego of Warren Hoselton, .  Tree aficionado, internationally certified arborist, and supervisor of Toronto Island Parks, City of Toronto. What a mouthful.  His impressive resume can be seen on the Professor Pricklethorn website. Since Graduating from Humber College with a Horticulture and Aboriculture Diploma in 1982, Warren has worked passionately to promote…

FEATURE CREATURE: The Orchard People

WHO: The Orchard People.  Founded by Susan Poizner in 2009 now boasts an array of awards for her book, Growing Urban Orchards and e-learning portal. She holds in-person workshops, while teaching arborists, gardeners, enthusiasts and consulting homeowners, schools and businesses and orchards, while providing maintenance services, soil testing, bare root tree planting and pruning.  Fruit…

Managing Expectations – Prepare for the worst, hope for the best…

I have been pleasantly surprised this week: Bumblebees in the early morning, honey bees in the late afternoon, parasitic and jewel bees all day! My husband and I caved and cut back a few of the overhanging weed trees from the neighbour’s side; the manitoba maple(s), white mulberry and the silver maple that had overgrown…

Hard Vegetable Gardens = Farmers market run!

My vegetable patch is a very, very tiny patch.  About 2-4′ in width that points out to accommodate an annoying honey locust tree (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis). It hoards all of the soil’s richness that I added last fall.  To add to it, honey locusts are notorious for blocking out the shade; all those tiny little leaflets quilt together…

Homesteading-ish

After a long hiatus, I have begun to write again. The first of many posts as I continue to experiment and learn at the mercy of mother nature