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…

What gardeners eat in the fall

What gardeners eat in the fall

Gardening is a year-round activity for our family. Although many people traditionally think of growing food as a spring-time pursuit, the reality is that, in our mild hometown of Vancouver, vegetables can be harvested almost year-round. Cold weather improves the flavour of many crops. It sweetens carrots and reduces the summertime bitterness of spicy greens…

VIDEO: Save space in your garden with interplanting

VIDEO: Save space in your garden with interplanting

Our garden is jam-packed right now. The tomatoes are showing no signs of slowing down and our summer kale is chest-high. We’re still planting salad greens each week. Our true winter crops, like curly kale, leeks, parsley and parsnips are happily coming into their own.  

What to plant in August: 2015 edition

What to plant in August: 2015 edition

It’s the height of summer. In our garden, things are doing surprisingly well, despite the severe drought and Stage 3 watering restrictions Vancouver currently faces. I credit our rich soil for that. It soaks up water like a sponge with just the minimal hand-watering we’ve been doing every few days. Yesterday, I tried giving a…

When bugs attack! Five ways to deal with pest damage.

When bugs attack! Five ways to deal with pest damage.

Recently, I returned to the garden after a couple of weeks of travel to discover that things had turned into a jungle. Our pea plants, which has been small when I left, soared over my head. Our tomatoes had sprouted multiple branches. And our kale, chard and bean plants were full of Swiss cheese-style holes….

Winter is coming: five tips to plan your winter garden

Winter is coming: five tips to plan your winter garden

June 21 marked the longest day of the year, with a sunset of 9:22pm in Vancouver. It feels as if our current hot weather could last forever. But six months from now, it will be dark by 4:17pm and the days will be cold and drizzly. Winter is coming. By growing food year-round — not…

2014 garden in review: what didn’t work

2014 garden in review: what didn’t work

Last week, I wrote about our biggest successes in the 2014 garden. Now, it’s time to write about the things that didn’t go so well. This past year has been a great one in the garden. We had plenty of sunny weather, built three new raised beds, and have harvested a huge amount of food….

Dealing with frost damage

Dealing with frost damage

Kale is a famously cold-tolerant crop. But when temperatures dip far enough below freezing, its big leathery leaves can suffer. In the picture above, our rainbow lacinato is still alive, but it’s kind of… droopy. Last week’s cold clear snap, with night-time temperatures of around -5 celsius and chilly sunny days, has taken its toll….

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