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.

17 April 2014 Down in the basement, under the light, spring is progressing at a much faster pace than is actually happening outside. Lots of seeds have germinated, many now need transplanting to their larger cell paks. Cool weather crops under the lights must move to the cold frame to make room for all those new transplants. Spring is a time of constantly juggling things to make enough space for the growing crops.

My regular tips and ideas are now accumulating, blog like, on this Seasonal Advice page.


What’s New or Seasonal!

Our trip to Quebec gave us a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Quatre Vents, a magnificent 22 acre private, horticultural delight, overlooking the St Lawrence River.

This is the time of year when the seed catalogues come pouring through the mail slot and we can indulge in our winter fantasy garden.

I grow a lot of seedlings under lights and choosing the best lights can be a bit if a minefield.

Getting seeds to germinate requires a few tricks and tips and the supplying of the correct soil temperature is one of the most important.

Here is our basic vegetable growing primer.

The abundant harvest has us still finding interesting ways to enjoy it such as this hearty Leek soup.

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.




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