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

Sure Signs That Spring Is Coming...

seed fairySo it’s finally March, and I’m sure I’m not the only one getting a bit fidgety. Less than three weeks, and spring will officially be here!

Here are some sure signs that spring is coming:

Back in Grade One, our class did an “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” activity. If you thought that March was going to come in like a lion, you made a lion’s face with a paper plate, glue and pretty lion’s mane colored tissue paper. If you thought March was coming in like a lamb, it was cotton balls. Voila, instant lamb.

Clearly, the budding gardener in me at the time knew deep . . . → Read More: Sure Signs That Spring Is Coming…

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?

Who Else Is Ready For 2014?

purity cosmosIt’s been a busy winter, getting ready for the 2014 season.

I really want everyone to know I am so grateful to you, my family, and friends for the wonderful support I received last year while I was happily in pursuit of my dreams! I wish all the best for each and every of you, your pursuit of happiness, and look forward to another great year together!

So no surprise then when I say there’s boatloads of excitement around here. I have been perusing seed catalogs, writing blog posts, getting organized and planning the year in the greenhouse and garden. It never fails, every year I want to plant so . . . → Read More: Who Else Is Ready For 2014?

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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Celebrating Canada Day With Pretty Things

Things are really popping in the garden and greenhouse. In fact, each day now brings new joys with blossoms, the beginnings of fruits and sunny days. We are getting good amounts of rain, yet not too much like 2009 and 2010, where there was a lack of sunshine and heat that really slowed things down. Or, never gave things a chance to get going if you want to look at it that way. That’s just not what we need when we officially average 92 frost free days!

Not since 2008 have I seen an abundance of bumble bees like this year. I’m not talking about our honey bees, but the . . . → Read More: Celebrating Canada Day With Pretty Things

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