Growing New England Asters

Growing New England Asters

Your garden shouldn’t look like a sick person at the end of summer. A garden with dead flowers and foliage is a depressing sight. With a decent dose of Fall Asters, you can make the sick person look alive with beauty! They will bloom till the frost and give a fresh look for the garden. […]

Growing Jelly Melons

Sometimes, you get vegetables and fruits that look strangely odd-looking exotic. They might make you wonder about the edibility. ‘Do you really eat that? Or you do …. with that’? Something that has nothing to do with eating! There is one that looks like a hybrid of a caveman’s club and medieval torture device. That […]

How to grow Bloody Dock

How to grow Bloody Dock

We love vegetables for their taste and nutrients. But sometimes, we love them for their looks. We love them so much, we end up planting them in the flower garden. Bloody dock is one of those edible ornamental foliage plants that have exotic look as well as taste. It is a perfect plant for container […]

Growing Dahlias the Flamboyant exhibitionists

Growing Dahlias the Flamboyant exhibitionists

A grandma living down a few houses in our street is from Eastern Europe and, though she is in Canada for a long time, doesn’t speak English well. That didn’t stop my wife from striking a conversation with her. Somehow both understand each other very well, which wonders me. But my wife’s complain is that […]

Growing Burning Bush for fall color

Growing Burning Bush for fall color

When the summer ends and fall creeps in, gardens start looking like war zones. The greens and flowers that adorned the garden will start dying. That is something unsightly! But there are a few that put on a show in the fall. Mums and asters can beautify the fall garden. But there is one that […]

How to make a butterfly garden!

How to make a butterfly garden!

As children, all of us were fascinated with Butterflies! When we know the connection with caterpillars and butterflies, in the early science classes, we started wondering about Mother Nature. With pollution by pesticide use, habitat loss by urbanization and global warming, their numbers are dwindling. As gardeners, butterflies help us in pollination. Though they are […]

Marigolds and Nematodes

Marigolds and Nematodes

For years, I wasn’t able to harvest clean leaves from Swiss chard and kale. Most of the time they were full of holes, eaten by something. I don’t mind sharing my bounty with others. Humans or otherwise. I am not interested in spraying chemicals in my garden, either! Once I started selling at the farmers […]

Grow Goji Berries

Grow Goji Berries

From time to time, we hear about Super-foods. A must-grow for the gardeners! That are rich in anti-oxidants! Everyone falls over each other to get their hands on. And in few years, nobody remembers them. Goji berry was a star once, with claims of medicinal and nutrional values. Then others took on the mantle. I […]

Growing Pineapple Sage

Growing Pineapple Sage

With the scarlet flowers and the sweet smell of pineapple, there is a sage that can enrich your garden. Yes. Pineapple sage is one herb that brings joy to all senses. Crush the leaves between fingers to release the heavenly fragrance while you are in the garden to refresh yourself. No wonder that in traditional […]

How to grow sorrel

How to grow sorrel

Typically, this is how I start conversations with my customers at my farmers market stand. ‘Have you ever tasted Sorrel?’ ‘No, what is that?’ ‘Taste it and let me know’ I will hand them a piece. ‘WHAT IS THAT?’ ‘Is it lemony?’ ‘Yeah!’ ‘You can eat fresh in the salad. Or Eastern European and french […]