Let’s have some straight talk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch 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 really just about discussing the challenges of being in the city and what it would take for you to achieve your nature lusting urges in…

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: 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…