We’re growing something extra special!

This year, we are growing something that’s not a plant! Abundant City will be on a temporary hiatus for the next little while. Happy harvest season!

Garlic scape pesto recipe

Garlic scape pesto recipe

We planted a lot of garlic last fall. I’m not sure what got into me, but we ended up devoting a big section of our garden to a garlic patch that will produce over 100 bulbs. Garlic is a great addition to any home garden. It’s incredibly easy to grow, and once you have a…

What we’re doing now to prepare for watering restrictions

What we’re doing now to prepare for watering restrictions

Stage 1 watering restrictions went into effect in Vancouver on May 15, two weeks ahead of last year. So far, the rules apply to lawns and car washing only, but I’m not taking any chances. 2015 saw Stage 3 watering restrictions, which affect vegetable gardens, in effect by July. If the same thing happens this…

What we’re planting this May

What we’re planting this May

Vancouver has had what feels like an unusually mild spring so far. We’ve already enjoyed plenty of summer-like days. As much as these soaring temperatures are pleasant, I also find them a bit discomforting. Each year seems warmer than the last. Flowers are blooming ahead of schedule. Our rhododendrons used to blossom in May; this…

Flowering kale buds with olive oil and garlic

Flowering kale buds with olive oil and garlic

One of the true pleasures of growing your own food is eating vegetables that you can’t find in stores. From the crunch of fresh-picked peas right off the vine to the intense flavour of frost-sweetened carrots to the mild delicacy of mache harvested in the winter, gardeners enjoy a range of unusual treats. One of…

A Vancouver gardener finds space in small-town Ontario

A Vancouver gardener finds space in small-town Ontario

When my gardening friend Danie McAren moved from Vancouver to Guelph Ontario in 2013 to study organic farming, I was both sad to lose a fellow gardening nerd, and excited to learn about her adventures. A former west coast balcony and backyard gardener, Danie has now created a large and productive food garden, complete with…

Double digging our garden beds

Double digging our garden beds

Early spring is an ideal time to do some soil maintenance in your garden. Each year, I modify my technique based on new things I learn. In the past, I’ve raked finished compost into the surface of our soil, but this year I decided to experiment with a different method, double digging.

How to capture the signs of spring with a garden photo diary

How to capture the signs of spring with a garden photo diary

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air. Although winter technically doesn’t end until the spring equinox on March 20, it truly feels like the world is waking up from its slumber. On my morning walks to work, I’ve been noticing lots of flowers: snowdrops, crocuses, forsythia, viburnum, hellebores, camellias, daffodils, and, perhaps the…

Get your soil ready for spring

Get your soil ready for spring

If you’re a vegetable gardener, chances are that your soil has taken a beating this winter. Even if you diligently mulch your beds, months of rain and freezing temperatures will inevitably take their toll. Rain tends to wash away organic matter and minerals like calcium, leading over time to depleted, acidic soil. Your soil just…

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