2021 SEED EXCHANGE IS HAPPENING, TORONTO!

LITERALLY – it is the MOST wonderful time of the year – SEEDY SATURDAYS ARE UPON US! (soon) YES – you can swap seeds this year! YES – seminars and webinars will still be on – just virtually! and YES – Seed vendors will still be selling – links will be available to their website,…

Fall

I’ve had an interesting season. By “interesting”, I mean I’ve had a lot of awakenings about myself to chew on.  In January, my mind was pegged on a wish-list of things I wanted to achieve by the end of the season and the universe answered.  Hallelujah… When I was younger, I hated facing myself.  I…

Spring.

Oh, spring…it’s back! With its back-and-forth temperature tantrum, as we all become frantic with elation that the cold is dissipating. If you’re a city slicker, you are waaay ahead of mother nature dearest, digging out your shorts, scrolling instagram looking at tropical destinations trying to will the sunshine to your doorstep.  I can’t blame you….

10 Things I’m Doing During the “Off-Season”

Off-season for a commercial gardener is typically filled with other extra-curricular activities unassociated with anything horticultural.  That includes city homesteaders and hobby-gardeners of ornamental beds.  If you’re an homesteader in a city that is zoned for backyard chickens and you are a vegetable grower, there’s no off-season. So ignore this; unless you need something amusing…

Let’s have some straight talk.

**UPDATE:  Homesteading-ish YouTube channel is no longer.  An enterprise that I have decided could hang out in the wings.  http://www.youtube.com/watch (broken link – no longer working) Lots of things Stop us from scratching that urbanite homesteading itch. So what Stops you guys from trying? This is not about saying “you have no excuses!” This is…

Korean Fermented Pickles

Korean fermented pickles are to die for.  Flavourful, salty, versatile, and just plain delicious. I’ve made many, in my life, but this is probably the first time I’m making videos about it.  As of today, I am sick of talking about these damned pickles.  It worked. Had I not attempted throwing in a monkey wrench…

Distance Education

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. We moved out. We are now located in The prairies! Just went from a zone 5b to 4a/2b. This could get interesting in the most exciting way. I’ve lived over 25 years in Toronto, I completed my training in Ontario based on Ontario climates and Ontario native/commercially grown plant lists. In other words,…

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…