Gardening - Vegetables to eat.
Flowers to appreciate.
Come and share my gardening experiences. I’m Ken Brown and I’ve been “Dallying In The Dirt” most of my life and like most back yard farmers I love to share my growing tips and my experiences. Visit this space often, the tips will change and accumulate, showing you what I'm doing now. I'll tell you what I'm doing as I, find some new and remember some old, tricks in my quest to squeeze all of my horticultural fantasies into a confined urban space.
26 March 2015 It was a treat to get out into the sunshine after this coldest of winters. I can prune my grapes anytime during the winter but it has no appeal when the temperature is -25 C. This past week the sun shone and it got slightly warmer and the grape vines were attacked. That always seems like the right verb since we remove about 90% of the vines growth, leaving just a few spurs on each branch that will produce this year's fruit.
My regular tips and ideas are now accumulating, blog like, on this Seasonal Advice page.
What’s New or Seasonal!
Now that our focus is shifting to our indoor plants we need to reacquaint ourselves with a nasty little creature, the Spider Mite. This 8 legged member of the spider family thrives in the hot dry air of our winter homes and learning its life cycle is the key to controlling it.
One of the joys of winter is the opportunity to grow Amaryllis. These gigantic bulbs are as close as we get to instant gratification; you can watch them grow on a daily basis and in a few weeks the large multicoloured flowers appear to brighten the dark winter days.
Keeping our houseplants properly watered requires a little thought and planning. We would all like to deliver 2 cups on Tuesday and then forget about that chore but our plants needs vary by season and variety and we need to learn a little about those needs to be successful.
Winter is the time to dream a little and what better way to do that than to plan some travel to see some of the worlds horticultural delights. I've been to a few and here are my impressions of those storied places.
How To Get Help! With some reading here and a little luck, maybe you can avoid most of the mistakes that I have made on your behalf and be more successful. When you inevitably make your own mistakes, ask me about them and I’ll try to provide some answers or tips through my free ezine.
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My horticultural haven is unfinished and imperfect. If it was otherwise then my life’s work would be done and I wouldn’t know what to do. Come along with me as I work toward perfection, we’ll be together for a long time. I currently grow a rather crazy mix of vegetables a variety of perennial flowers and a smattering of annual flowers in the gaps and in a variety of containers. Oh! The vegetables are often found growing in containers as well.
Where’s my garden? All of these things compete for space in a modestly large city lot in a small town east of Toronto ON that hovers between Canadian zone 5&6 or a U.S.D.A Zone 4&5. I continue to develop new techniques for producing as many vegetables as possible in a rather confined space, a technique that I refer to as Vertical Vegetables. This allows myself and the “Assistant Gardener” (aka. my long suffering spouse,) to eat our own fresh vegetables for about 7-8 months of the year.
Let’s eat! To really enjoy all of these vegetables you need to prepare them in delicious and interesting recipes. I also love to cook and experiment and you will find the things that wind up tasting delicious on my recipes pages.
Trials and tribulations! I like to try new things and report back to my readers what works and what might not be the best value in town. I have recently tested a variety of trowels and last summer applied a variety of mulches to my many beds. Some looked better, some cost more some did neither but may have been effective mulches. Frequent readers can keep up to date on products and plants that I’m trying. I visit other gardens as often as possible and report back to my readers just what they might find interesting there.
Come and spend time with me in my garden. I find it the most delightful, sometimes frustrating, usually therapeutic, pastime and the physical effort exerted produces much better results than any treadmill. I have been trying to convince mother nature to do her landscape my way, for many years and her responses are usually very humbling, occasionally encouraging, frequently amusing but always quite gratifying. We continue to discuss, (argue about,) our separate definitions of a weed. These successes and failures also make up the content of my seminars.