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.

21 April 2021 Spring is all about new beginnings and new growth but unfortunately that doesn't just apply to the good things in our gardens. The Red Lily Beetle also emerges earlier in the spring than we expect. I have already found a couple in mid April. They are a lovely vivid red colour that we can appreciate because it makes them easy to spot as they emerge from the soil as adults. The more adults we can eliminate the fewer eggs they can lay and thus there will be fewer larva to decimate our Lilies. The adults do some damage but the Larva are Lily eating machines. Now that they have emerged I carry my needle nose pliers with me all the time so that I can enjoy the "crunch" as I eliminate another one:-)

We are now doing our presentations to garden clubs and others by Zoom Contact me for details.

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

What’s New or Seasonal!

The seed companies have been having difficulty keeping up with the increased demand this year but growing your own plants from seed is still a great activity and the best way to get new and interesting varieties

The renewed interest in vegetable gardening is the main reason behind the huge increase in seed sales. There are lots of ways to start your own veggie patch and with some simple ideas it is amazing how much food you can produce from a small garden .

Once the weather warms we often want to grab our pruners and head to the garden. Knowing when to prune flowering shrubs is often more important then how. Roses are early in the spring but most other shrubs would like us to wait a bit until they have had a chance to flower.

There are lots of cool season vegetables that you can rush out and plant as soon as the soil getting dry and crumbly. Peas are usually my first thing to plant and in my part of the world we try to get them into the ground in the latter part of April

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. 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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