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.

02 November 2017 All the plants in the ponds grew quite well this year and that means it's a bigger job removing all that vegetation. We like to cut it out and remove it near the end of the season. If we just let it die it sinks to the bottom and adds to the pile of goop down there. That creates two problems. We have to clean the pond out sooner and the decaying material gives off methane and other gases that make it difficult for the fish over the winter. The bubbler will inject some fresh air to help but it's better to reduce the problem.

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

What’s New or Seasonal!

Tulips remain my favourite spring bulb. It’s their brilliant colours that attract me and so much colour is available for such a reasonable cost. A little effort on a nice cool autumn day will yield amazing results early in the spring when we don’t have enough hours in the day and we are desperate for something to brighten up the yard.

If you cannot wait for spring to see the result of your work then consider planting Colchicum. It’s a big rather expensive bulb that blooms in late September whether its in the ground or laying on your counter top. It multiplies rapidly so that there is a large clump of flower in the following years.

Roses are a delight to have in and there are now so many different types that it’s hard to give common advice for all of them. Most still require a little extra care to make it through the winter, at least in my part of the world. I try to plant the hardier types but some of the others are so lovely that they are worth the extra effort in the fall.

The best part of growing your own vegetables is the eating. The second crop of cool season vegetables are now producing some wonderful Cabbage and maybe some Fennel. These two can be put together to make a delightful Cole Slaw.

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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