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Storefront Gardens

My pal Barry and I started a new, collaborative internet website (aka “blog” if you must) called Storefront Gardens, documenting the various shop window gardens we pass by in our day-to-day lives and travels. Recently, while enjoying our new favourite espresso-based coffee beverage, cortados, we discovered a mutual fascination for these unusual botanical window displays.

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Extending the Harvest

This piece was originally published in The Globe & Mail over the weekend as a part of my series on kitchen gardening. Regarding using burlap and burlap sacks: Just to be clear, do keep them away from the crowns of your plants since they can get awfully heavy when wet. In fact, they are best

Assorted and Sundry for 09/08/17

The Vine-Ripened Lie – What do you think? Vine-ripened versus off the vine. Fight! Wet-year Tomato Troubles – We’re all starting to get anxious about this year’s tomato crop. Handmade Berry Colander – Love these pottery colanders for straining berries by Jeanette Zeis. Show & Tell Harvest – Lots of gorgeous photos popping up in

Assorted and Sundry for 09/07/30

Urban Farming Around the World – An inspiring pictorial. A Hairless Beast is Roaming My Neighbourhood – Hint: It’s not the Chupacabra. We haven’t seen it yet, but it’s become our favourite threat. Ultimate Veggie Peeler – I made cucumber soup this week in an effort to pretend that this is really summer and not

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Your Questions Answered: Watermelon Radish

Question: I am in South Mississippi and my Mother wants to know where you get the pink watermelon radish seed and how she can get some? – Betty Hi Betty, Watermelon radish are a fairly unknown winter radish that are beginning to gain popularity. The seeds themselves aren’t particularly easy to find; however, the radishes

Your Questions Answered: Tomato Thieves

Question: We always love your articles and website. Keep it up!! In this past weekend article on tomatoes, you didn’t answer the burning question: what did your brother do about the squirrels??????? They have already chomped the small tomatoes that were forming on our one plant and I know they are just waiting for more.

Lost Email

For some inexplicable reason I have lost a BIG chunk of unanswered email. If you sent me an email between last Wed and today and have not heard back please get in touch again. Chances are your email disappeared!

Assorted and Sundry for 09/04/29

The HomeGrown “In Food We Trust” Photo Essay Contest – You can win tickets to Bonnaroo this June by showing the judges (of which I am one. Bwahahaha… Not sure why that is menacing, actually.) in 6 photos or fewer, How are you eating differently these days and how are you connecting to the sources

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Up and Coming Events

Spring is (supposedly) here in Toronto, which means it’s time to start talking about gardening! As a result, I’ve got a bunch of confirmed events on the roster in Toronto over the next few weeks. Seed-Starting Plant-Along: Saturday, March 28, 2009. 1:30 pm I’m calling this a plant-along rather than a workshop since the aim

Porn Stars, Hustlers, Strippers, and Pimps Seed Collection

You decide which is which. ‘Sugar Lump’ Tomato ‘Stallion’ Bush Bean – Would have been better if this had been a pole bean. Just saying. ‘Snow White Cherry’ Tomato ‘Turks Nuts’ Tomato – Described as purple/brown and ribbed. ‘Cherry Pink O’s’ Tomato ‘Uncle Willie’s’ Bush Bean ‘Furry Yellow Hog’ Tomato – Ummm…. ‘Heaven’s Joy’ ‘Isis

Land Share

If what’s on television is any indicator The Brits are clearly more progressive than us when it comes to gardening. Here in North America broadcasters like HGTV are still fumbling around in the dark trying to figure out the “garden” in Home and Garden, often deciding to just forgo the garden part entirely. Apparently, garden

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