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Matchstick Garden

I bought this little UK product, The Matchstick Garden, while out shopping for project supplies at a bourgeoisie cooking store in my neighborhood the other day. Those fancy stores with their beautifully packaged products and their well-appointed displays get me every time. It was in one of those well-appointed displays that I saw them, pretty

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Community Gardening Guide

I’m very proud to have co-produced the cover photograph for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Community Gardening” guide alongside my partner Davin Risk. Yep, that’s my soiled hand and a bouquet of sage held up at our own Parkdale Community Beer Garden. There are four varieties of sage in that photo which I continue to harvest

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Underground Organics

I’ve been meaning to tell you about Underground Organics since back in the spring when buckets of their beautiful flowers first started showing up at my local weekly market, the Dufferin Grove Farmers Market. Underground Organics are a trio of farmers living just outside Toronto who are organically growing annual and perennial flowers and selling

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Grongoling and Liljor Earrings

I’ve been on the lookout for new earrings and recently treated myself to two unique and botanically inspired pairs created by a designer from Sweden who sells under the name executeme on Etsy. The arrival of the package on Friday felt like Xmas. First there were the boxes, carefully packaged to match the contents. Inside

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Hand Blown Glass Posy Pin

I picked up this teeny, tiny hand blown glass posy pin on my way back from lunch this afternoon. See how fast I am? Quick like lightening! I was apprehensive about pining a small water-filled vase to my chest but it really does hold the water. I tried all kinds of bending over actions that

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Garbage Pickin’ and Other Cheap Garden Stuff

It is a good time of year. We can very nearly say with almost sort-of, closing in on possible certainty that there will be no more snow for a good 6 or 7 months, the plant sales are in full swing, the plant-specific festivals are rockin’ it HARD olde school (emphasis on olde), and people

Assorted and Sundry for 08/05/02

Toronto Backyard Chickens Petition – Long-term readers of the site will know I have a fixation with chickens. Keeping chickens is pretty high up on my life to-do list but there are several key issues currently blocking this life goal. 1. I don’t have a backyard nor do I have a warm place to house

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BIG Buttons!

For years I’ve been trying to convince Davin that a big button press would revolutionize our world. Small buttons are fun and have their purpose, but big buttons offer up a whole new world of possibilities. Big buttons remind me of special button-making fundraising days at my grade school. Throughout the course of the day

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‘Chocolate Cherry’ Sunflowers

I’ve decided to take the plunge back into the world of sunflowers. Anyone gardening in public space knows that sunflowers have a time-sensitive contract out on their lives beginning the moment they bloom. Their big beautiful blooms inspire grabbing hands that MUST rip and tear and have them all to themselves. I’d like to think

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Ordering Seeds the Hard Way

I recently sent off seed requests via Seeds of Diversity Canada, a seed exchange organization dedicated to the preservation of heritage varieties that I joined last summer. In the face of online ordering, the ease of PayPal transactions, and good ole’ email the whole experience felt downright old-fashioned, involving about three hours of painstaking reading

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Seedy Saturday Haul 2008

Another Seedy Saturday Toronto has come and gone and like last year I managed, with great effort, to make it around to a few booths and pick up some seeds. The event was more packed than ever this year making it nearly impossible to leave my brother/assistant alone at the table for any length of

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