Rainy-Day Update

Work in the yard has slowed down. Deep rooted weeds grow inches a day in these final days of June, but the months of dry weather has slowed the shallow-rooted villains. Today it’s raining, however. All the weeds I left will force themselves into producing seeds in the next few days. It’s time to bust-out... Continue Reading →

Filling the Garden Beds

I recently looked back at my earlier posts regarding my property, like “Clearing the Property.” I had two simultaneous reactions: One was of pride in the amount of work I had completed, and the second was how disappointed I am by having not completed a quarter of the yard by the second week of June.... Continue Reading →

Building the Vegetable Boxes

There are few things as satisfying as seeing your hard-work come to fruition. So putting the shovel in the ground and beginning the placement and construction of my vegetable boxes is something I have been looking forward to for months. As satisfying as it is, this has been the most gruelling, labour-intensive task so far.... Continue Reading →

Using Beneficial Insects in your Home Garden

  There is a revolution taking place in people’s gardens.  The demand for Organic products; mistrust of chemical companies; the longing for a simpler time; near complete chemical resistance in some pests; and an adjusted sense of what constitutes garden productivity have all played a role in the major increase in demand for biological controls... Continue Reading →

Clearing the Property – part V

Hi. It's been a while. Much has happened, since I last wrote: I frantically continued to clear as much of the yard as I could - knowing how things would slow down with the arrival of my son; and then BOOM! 45 minutes after walking through the hospital doors my wife delivered our baby boy;... Continue Reading →

Clearing the Property – Part IV

Almost Done! Since my last entry, we have had tree fallers working, chainsaws humming, fires burning and neighbours yelling. I have learned about burning bylaws, noise bylaws, and tree permits. With another hour of chainsawing, one more burn-day, some hand-sawing and raking, I will have my blank canvas! Here is how it looks right now... Continue Reading →

How to grow Salal

Want to know what Salal is? Want to know how to grow it, how to eat it and how valuable it is? Read-on: While clearing my yard I discovered in one corner a small and weak cluster of salal. I immediately recognized it as a local plant I grew up with, but was excited because... Continue Reading →

Clearing the Property – Part III

Today is the spring equinox! This might be my favourite day of the year. I am such a sun-lover that today means I have 6 months to look forward to more light than dark. Also, here in the North West, we often have wonderful summers and falls to look forward to. Springs are hit-and-miss. We... Continue Reading →

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