Basil Pesto

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I just love that tibasilme of year when fresh herbs are ready to eat. I pine away all winter for basil pesto especially. If you grow lots of basil, you can always double your batch and freeze some pesto, but honestly, in our house that usually involves a little white lie of the “nope, it’s all gone” variety.

A large leaf variety of basil is good to use. Genovese or Large Leaf are good varieties, but for flavor variance you can try adding lemon, thai, cinnamon or other basils. Basil is a very tender annual, and loves sun. Grow it in a nice hot spot in your garden, or in containers, . . . → Read More: Basil Pesto

Lovage

lovageLovage (Levisticum officinale)

Height: 36 – 72″ / Spread: 18″ / Perennial to zone 2

I have to admit it, I love lovage. It’s a very hardy perennial, easily surviving in my zone 2b garden. Historically, it was a popular garden plant. It’s appearance in modern gardens is rare, and I do believe this should change. I love the fact that lovage is sun/part shade plant, as it happily sits in the background, living life to the fullest in all its stature, leaving more room for the super sun loving plants in the garden. It does not appear to be bothered by pests in the garden.

It will grow very tall . . . → Read More: Lovage

Heirloom Varieties and One Little Question...

heirloom tomatoesThe definition of heirloom in terms of plant varieties is debated. Often, a fruit, veggie or flower plant variety that has been grown unchanged for at least 50 years is defined as a heirloom variety. Some consider 100 years the criteria. Some suggest varieties prior to commercial hybridization began, in the early 1950′s. Heirlooms are open pollinated varieties, but not all open pollinated varieties are heirloom. Regardless, by nature, many of these varieties are tried and true and valued for their traits.

It is said that many heirloom varieties either have become extinct or are at risk of extinction. Monocropping and the mechanization that is common in today’s agriculture, and . . . → Read More: Heirloom Varieties and One Little Question…

This Year's Veggie Patch

pineapple mintSo another spring, another garden on it’s way….and it’s about time.  I’m ready. In fact, things are already really starting to grow around here. :-)

Garden plans have been laid, seedlings have been started and supplies are coming in!

How Exciting!

Probably one of my favorite winter tasks is planning the garden and picking out which seed varieties I will grow. I have a thing for variety. For surprise. For color. My biggest problem, really, is narrowing it down to the few selections that will end up in the greenhouse and in the gardens!

So, many plants, so little time. Right? So, in the . . . → Read More: This Year’s Garden Patch

Food Growing Summit 2014

harvest9aug11As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate of growing your own food, and/or supporting your local food producers. That’s why I was so excited when I learned about this upcoming event…

The Food Growing Summit 2014 is a free tele-summit taking place March 3-7, that has an amazing line-up of farmers, backyard food growers and food activists who have joined up to share loads of information and to inspire and guide you to grow food this spring. No experience necessary!

Please, click on this link to get more info and meet the co-ordinators of this awesome event! Be sure to check out the speakers’ schedule, as there are so . . . → Read More: Food Growing Summit 2014

What's Your Canadian Hardiness Zone?

portulaca_breathSo, I found this really cool Canadian interactive hardiness zone map the other day. It says that here at Honeydew Gardens we are situated in a zone 2b.

It’s a Good News, Bad News sort of situation, considering that when we moved here almost six years ago, I believed we were a full zone colder, 1b. Nice to know.

But it really makes it hard to grow several of the perennials and trees that I would just love to have in the garden. I have to admit, we have several perennials in the garden, and the list gets larger each year. But still, there are so many lovely plants that just . . . → Read More: What’s Your Canadian Hardiness Zone?

How To Get To Honeydew Gardens

map1We are nestled in the Ladder Valley near Big River about 14km from town. To find us, turn East on Ladder Valley Road, about 5 km south of Big River on Highway 55.

 

 

 

 

map2When the Ladder Valley Road intersects with the “Revo Road”/922 continue straight on Ladder Valley Road and follow until you approach a speed curve. This is about 5.5 km from the highway. Instead of following the speed curve, go straight until you reach the T-intersection and turn left/North.

 

 

 

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At the next intersection, turn right/East.

 

 

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We Are Here! It's the 2013 Season!

tarragon_in_mayWell the 2013 season is upon us! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and all is good over here at Honeydew Gardens.

We are also pleased to announce that we have an interesting selection of bedding plants including annuals, perennials, veggie & herb starts and grasses.We will be opening the greenhouse this Thursday, May 23!

Greenhouse hours for the season are Thursday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. We will be closing the greenhouses in mid June, but will be open 2 days a week for veggie pick up throughout the summer.

In season vegetables and herbs are available throughout the summer. As always, we don’t use chemical . . . → Read More: We Are Here! It’s the 2013 Season!

Today's Harvest - Aug 9, 2011

This week the garden is really popping!

Everything has been growing a bit slower than it should, we’ve had regular rain, but at least we are getting sunshine and heat in between! :)

This morning we harvested sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, new potatoes, peas, broccoli, zucchinis and alpine strawberries.

The corn is coming along beautifully. Tomatillos and cucumbers are close to done, Romain lettuce is yummy! Soon, we will be able to pick sunberries to make some preserves.

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2011 Garden Plan - Peppers

Well, it’s been quite a while since I wrote…the garden is taking up a lot of time & energy, and I have the tan to prove it! Tonight, as I was meandering around the garden after a flash thunderstorm, enjoying the evening sun, I realized that things are changing lots every day, which means it’s time for regular updates…

The peppers are all planted into the greenhouse and garden and are really going! Some varieties are growing faster than others, and there are peppers growing on most of the plants, and the rest are in flower! YAY!

It goes without saying that with a greenhouse, I should have planted them . . . → Read More: 2011 Garden Plan – Peppers