Mixing it Up: Combining Edibles with Ornamentals
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Mixing it Up: Combining Edibles with Ornamentals

Author: Claire McCaughey, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton Just a few decades ago, planting ornamental plants and food crops together would have been frowned upon by the gardening establishment. Gardeners have tended to specialize in growing ornamentals or vegetables in separate beds, with only a few choosing to grow them together. There might have been a…

Edible Flowers You Can Grow
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Edible Flowers You Can Grow

Author: Claire McCaughey, Master Gardeners of Lanark County. Edible flowers have long been part of the cuisines of distinct cultures. Take, for example, squash blossoms (the flowers of Cucurbita pepo). The genus Cucurbita originated in the Americas and has been an integral part of Native American and Mexican cuisines. Squash blossoms were adopted into Italian…

Grow Your Own Blueberries
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Grow Your Own Blueberries

Author: Claire Leduc, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission There are not many treats better than fresh berries. Ripe blueberries are no exception. Growing your own blueberry plants is not too difficult once you understand their particular needs. Soil Preparation Fall is a great time to start preparing for spring planting. Blueberries grow best…

Homemade Vinegars From the Garden
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Homemade Vinegars From the Garden

Author: Rebecca Last, Gardening at Last, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission I really enjoy finding culinary uses for my plants. So, I was thrilled to learn that those lovely pinky-purple chive flowers make bottles of deliciously flavoured vinegar. It’s so easy that even a non-cook like me can make it. Making Vinegar from Chives Garden…

Nasturtiums, An Incredible Edible
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Nasturtiums, An Incredible Edible

Author: Nancy McDonald, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are wonderful flowers for both our gardens and kitchens. This vibrant annual comes from South America, was brought to Europe in the 1550s and was found in Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Virginia, garden in the late 1700s. Some nasturtiums grow as climbers (3 m), others as…

Canada’s Green Acres: Finding Your Perfect Farm for Sale

Canada’s Green Acres: Finding Your Perfect Farm for Sale

From British Columbia’s vineyards to Alberta’s wheat fields and Quebec’s dairy farms, Canada offers a variety of rural properties. However, as a prospective farm buyer, your journey to land-ownership can often be punctuated by intricacies and complexities. In this article, you’ll discover the importance of farmland in meeting food demands and learn about different land…

Borage Self Seeds and Attracts Pollinators
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Borage Self Seeds and Attracts Pollinators

To me, borage is an herb that is one of the best plants to grow for pollinators. Bumblebees and butterflies are always enjoying it along with hover flies, beetles and moths.  Greetings fellow gardeners, Little bits and pieces of rain have been appearing here and there. My garden could use a good two days of…

8 Tips For Sustainable Mushroom Cultivation At Home
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8 Tips For Sustainable Mushroom Cultivation At Home

Sustainability refers to the capacity to maintain a process over an extended duration while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment. Interestingly, mushrooms exhibit this level of sustainability in their growth process, which distinguishes them from many other plants. In fact, it is considered one of the most sustainably produced foods available in the U.S. Therefore,…

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