Seeds you can start in February

Seeds you can start in February

Can you feel it? Spring is (almost) in the air. Walking to work each morning, I’ve been noticing the first signs of the world waking up from winter. Snow drops and crocuses are starting to bloom. In our garden, chard, arugula and kale seem to perk up every time the sun comes out. Our leeks…

Harvesting from the freezer: cooking with frozen vegetables from your garden

Harvesting from the freezer: cooking with frozen vegetables from your garden

Believe it or not, as a gardener, winter is a season I look forward to all year. Sure, I don’t get to spend all my time in my garden, but I do get to take a break from the rhythms of harvesting and yard work, and instead revive summer’s bounty by cooking with frozen vegetables….

What happens when you plant seeds in November?

What happens when you plant seeds in November?

Gardening is all about curiosity and creative exploration. Sometimes, I try things that break all the rules, just because it’s fun and interesting. Like planting seeds in November. Last fall, I pulled out our tomato plants and was confronted with an empty garden bed. The “normal” options were to either throw some mulch on it…

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…

July 2015: What to plant

July 2015: What to plant

Pardon the cliche, but I really can’t believe it’s almost July already. On Saturday morning, while picking an overwhelming amount of peas, I thought back to March and the excitement I had when I first planted this year’s seeds. Would they sprout? Would I get a decent harvest? It seemed to take forever for those plants to…

June 2015: what to plant

June 2015: what to plant

I’ve been away from my garden for two and a half weeks, and it’s tearing me apart. Late spring is prime time in the garden and here I am, missing key planting dates. Don’t get me wrong — life is great. It’s just been really busy.

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….

Preparing your garden for winter

Preparing your garden for winter

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I pulled our tomato plants out. There’s something about that moment that really signifies the end of the summer. My mom carefully picked any remaining green tomatoes from the vines, and I made a surprisingly delicious soup from them (I adapted the recipe for a vegetarian version)….

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