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.
23 June 2017 The lovely white Allium, Mount Everest, has grown and developed many stalks from the original bulb that was planted several years ago and that is a good thing. We don’t, however, want them spreading all over the yard and they produce lots of viable seed. These seeds will sprout everywhere but take several years to grow to flowering size. We don’t want to wait and we don’t need any more of them in this bed. As soon as the white colour has faded we cut down the tall flowering stalks and chop them into the compost bin. They are a dramatic form and I suppose we could be creative and spray paint them gold or some such silliness but that really wouldn’t fit into our style.
My regular tips and ideas are now accumulating, blog like, on this Seasonal Advice page.
What’s New or Seasonal!
The seed catalogues are pouring through the mail slot and I get to wander through them during the coldest months contemplating next years delights
Here is my basic primer for starting your own seeds at home
When to start each type of seed is always a concern. Read the seed package and count the weeks. Here's my technique for getting the right planting time
The best help for germinating seeds is to get them into soil at the correct temperature. Here are some easy ways to manage this.
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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