Flowers, Garden Helpers, Seeds

How to Grow Wildflowers

GROW WILD! INDIGENOUS PLANTS DEFINED ~ a plant that lives or grows naturally in a particular region without direct or indirect human intervention. When it comes to sowing wildflowers, the most common misconception is that you can wander out onto your lawn, shake one of those pretty cans of wildflower seeds into the wind, and nature… Continue reading How to Grow Wildflowers

Folklore, Seeds, Trees

Mistletoe…the Kiss of Death?

Myth has it that mistletoe - a toxic parasite - underwent a PR promotion of epic proportions to turn it into the symbol of love and stolen kisses it has become today. Most of us have heard of Thor from Norse mythology; that hammer wielding god of thunder, storms, trees and other things. Fewer have… Continue reading Mistletoe…the Kiss of Death?

Fast Facts, Flowers, Health, Herb, Seeds, Soil

Fifteen Facts about Fireweed

Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium is so named because it is the first plant to spread like a welcome weed following a fire.A single fireweed plant produces an incredible 80,000 seeds! Each seed is equipped with tiny umbrella-like tufts that allows them to soar through the air peppering the entire landscape with pink possibilities. The main reason… Continue reading Fifteen Facts about Fireweed

Did You Know, Fast Facts, Seeds

Five Fast Facts about Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are produced on Salvia Hispanic plants, a member of the mint family native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Low in calories but high in nutrients, these power packed seeds have 2.5 times more protein than beans, 6 times more calcium than milk, 8 times more omega-3 than salmon, 3 times more… Continue reading Five Fast Facts about Chia Seeds

Flowers, Folklore, Harvest, Health, Herb, Seeds

Yarrow in the Herb Garden

Achilleas millefolium's flat white blossoms with their multitude of tiny, perfect flowers and silver-green feathery foliage are a familiar sight in the ditches and fields of Canada. Sadly, as familiarity breeds contempt, the lowly white yarrow is too often denied its rightful place in the herb garden. Yarrow gets its Latin name from Achilles, the… Continue reading Yarrow in the Herb Garden

Did You Know, Fertilizer, Seeds

A Truly Green Lawn

Are you one of those people who love the look of a manicured lawn but can’t help feeling a twinge of guilt every time you look over your expanse of green? Do you worry about the cost to the environment in keeping your emerald square looking lush and weed free? Or maybe you’re tired of having to… Continue reading A Truly Green Lawn

Community Gardens, Seeds, Self Sufficiency, Vegetable

Growing Your Own Groceries? Consider These Top Five Produce Picks.

1 – Herbs Herbs take the number one spot hands down. No other category of plants give such a huge return for such little space. You don't even need a garden. You can successfully grow herbs in a few pots parked on a windowsill. A pot of herbs sell for the same price as a… Continue reading Growing Your Own Groceries? Consider These Top Five Produce Picks.

Heirlooms, Seeds, Vegetable

A Near Tragic Tale of The Crimson Broad Bean

The story of the Crimson Flowered Broad Bean has everything Hollywood could hope for; a gorgeous protagonist, passion, disaster and a hero rushing in to save the day at the last possible second. The titillating tale begins with the first mention of the bean’s cultivation in 1778. For almost two centuries gardeners enjoyed its presence… Continue reading A Near Tragic Tale of The Crimson Broad Bean

Fruit, Seeds, Vegetable

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Part of the fun of growing heirlooms is learning their backstories. Often their names offer blatant clues, such as the popular Mortgage Lifter Tomato. This robust variety produces pink hued offerings in the one pound range, with a sweet, rich flavour. It not only tastes rich, it made its creator, M.C. Byles of Logan, West… Continue reading Mortgage Lifter Tomato