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.
03 February 2016 We have washed the container and cleaned the fluorescent light tubes and made sure they are all working. The heating cable or mat for the seeds has been tested and now it is time to start sowing the seeds that will fill our yards all summer. One of the first seeds that I sow are several varieties of Onions. You can plant a lot of Onion seeds in a small space and keep them in that seeding tray until it's time to plant them outdoors. That allows me to try several different varieties without taking up much of my valuable seedling space.
My regular tips and ideas are now accumulating, blog like, on this Seasonal Advice page.
What’s New or Seasonal!
There are still a few packets of dwarf narcissus int the basement and I should have already potted them for winter forcing but it's not too late. They just need 6 - 8 weeks in the cold room and then they will bloom.
The solarium is filled with Orchid plants and the big Cymbidiums are throwing large bloom stalks. Those big yellow flowers should be brightening our days before Christmas.
Every day, or so it seems, another seed catalogue arrives in the mail. Each one extols the virtues of that company's new varieties and I start making the list of the ones that I just must have.
The dark short days of winter are the perfect time to enjoy a collection of houseplants. Some are large and mostly green and others can produce a myriad of blooms with a little tender loving.
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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.