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  • Harvesting Sweetness: Birch Tree Syrup

    In areas where maple trees can not grow people have turned to making syrup out of birch sap. The sugar content in birch sap is not as high as sugar maple sap so there is more boiling required than with maple sap. The end result is a sweet and complex tasting syrup that goes great with savoury dishes especially smoked fish. 
  • Blooms on Demand- How to Force Blooms with Native Shrubs

    Forcing branches is a very old and time-tested way to experience some spring blooms indoors while you're impatiently waiting for winter to wrap-up. It only requires pruning branches of flowering trees and shrubs and putting the branches in a vase. We'll help give you some options of shrubs and trees that work well for this. No special expertise is required.
  • My Balcony's Bounty - Container Gardening

    I have done most of my gardening in containers and have learned a lot from my successes and my mistakes. After moving back to an apartment with a small balcony, last summer really tested my creativity in how to fit an entire garden into a few planters. Let's talk about prioritizing what to grow, maximizing space by growing vertically, and some options that are balcony and renter-friendly. 
  • Greens Galore: A Guide to Thriving Indoor Salad Gardens!

    Like a lot of gardeners, I really start to miss the garden mid-winter. I miss having fresh foods to pick and add to dinners, and I miss watching veggies grow. So naturally, I bring a bit of the garden indoors. 
    If you already have a seed starting set-up, it's incredibly easy to convert it for baby greens for the winter. 
  • Harvesting Beauty: A Year of Hand-Picked Bouquets

    I decided I would pick flowers to place on my kitchen counter at least once a month this year. Some of these bouquets are entirely wildflowers found in highway ditches, others were picked from my planters at home, and some featured blooms from around my neighbourhood. Whether you want to surprise a loved one, or pick up this habit of self-love like I did this year, stopping to pick some ditch flowers is free and delightful. 

  • Crafting and Caring for a Terrarium

    A terrarium is a simple indoor project for those of us who miss having our hands in the dirt is a terrarium to display in your home. This terrarium was put together simply because I wanted to find a use for this large jar, but it turned out to be a lot of fun looking for small plants and bits of nature to build this miniature world. 
  • Winter Foraging Recipes

    When the snow arrives, most foragers take a break. But guess what? Even in the winter months, there are some delightful plants just waiting to be discovered and harvested. I've gathered a handful of recipes and ideas to ignite your connection with the great outdoors in the time of year it's most difficult to feel connected.
  • Discover the Wonder of Hügelkultur Gardening

    Originating in Eastern Europe, Hügelkultur or "hill culture" in German, has taken the gardening world by storm with its innovative and eco-friendly approach. Instead of just gardening, think of it as creating a thriving hill of possibilities right in your backyard. Here we delve into the key benefits of Hügelkultur.
  • DIY Pine Needle Soda

    People have been using wild yeasts for millennia to ferment beverages and make bread rise. It is much less common now to see people using wilds ye...
  • Getting Your Raised Bed Garden Soil Right, Part II

    In our last Blog Post, we covered the basics of the type of soil and soil amendments you may want to add to your raised bed garden! In Part II, we are going to cover how to calculate how much soil you need depending on the size of your bed, and some other helpful tips!
  • Getting your Raised Bed Garden Soil Right, Part I

    Growing in raised beds can be really rewarding. A common question that arises for people interested in growing in a raised bed for the first time is “what do I put in it?” as it pertains to soil. You want to make sure your garden soil has enough nutrients in it to sustain your crops throughout the growing season, that it isn’t too acidic or too alkaline, and that you have good drainage and soil density. Figuring out how much soil to put in your bed when ordering (or finding your own) supplies is also important!
  • Growing Tulips Indoors

    The winter is long and cold, but you can add a little bit of spring to your place by growing some of your favorite tulip varieties indoors. Here we provide an easy to follow four step process on achieving beautiful indoor blooms.