VIDEO: How to plant garlic like a pro

VIDEO: How to plant garlic like a pro

If there ever was a low-maintenance crop, it’s garlic. Each fall, I plant a ton of it and then completely ignore it. By early summer, my neglect is rewarded with a harvest of stinky bulbs that are larger and more flavourful than anything I can find in stores.

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.  

VIDEO: Growing goji berries in North America

VIDEO: Growing goji berries in North America

I’ve long been a fan of dried goji berries. This healthy little fruit is delicious, with a sweet, slightly salty flavour unlike anything else. Paired with a handful of nuts, they’re a perfect snack.

How to transplant tomatoes

How to transplant tomatoes

This time of the year, racks of tomato seedlings are piled high outside of every grocery store. They beckon with the promise of fresh-picked fruits ripened in the sun and served with a bit of olive oil, balsamic, fresh-picked basil and burrata (I’m drooling a little just writing this). But what do you do with…

DIY Wine box planters

DIY Wine box planters

Wooden wine boxes are free from my local liquor store, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to get. They’re only available for a short time each year, usually in the fall, when the year’s Bordeaux wines are released. And there are usually only a few stores in Vancouver that carry fine Bordeaux in crates, meaning…

Thinning seedlings: Yes, you have to do it.

Thinning seedlings: Yes, you have to do it.

This week, I’m gearing up for the third and final session of Urban Garden Abundance, the Vancouver-based program I’m leading for Hollyhock, Canada’s Lifelong Learning Centre. In our first class, we built “mini raised beds” out of repurposed wine boxes and planted them up with a variety of veggie seeds – mesclun mixes, lettuce, mustards…

Give Peas a Chance: Planting Peas

Give Peas a Chance: Planting Peas

  Why do fresh-picked garden peas taste so much better than anything you can buy in the store? Well, their sugars turn into starches shortly after harvest, which means that the true flavour of a sun-ripened pea, popped off the plant and right into your mouth, can’t be faked. Peas don’t need much space to…

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