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Monday, October 29, 2012

How different plants react to frost

Freezing weather conditions kill vegetables in the garden, right? Well, it depends. Plants react very differently to frost. Here a post with before and after pictures how plants react to frost. Frost hardy plants and summer crops react different, see how.

More on winter gardening: The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our Home Garden as featured on GNOWFGLINS

En inspiration story of a family who is growing food without owning a speck of land. Cold clipate, short growing season growing.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Determinate and Indeterminate tomato plants (to prune or not to prune)

There are two main varieties of tomato plants: Determinate and Indeterminate. A seed package will tell you what you got. I don't know of a way to tell if a plant is determinate or indeterminate by just looking at a young plant, but later in the season you can see if it is a bush or a huge still growing plant.You will also learn if it is better to prune or not to prune tomato plants.

More on growing tomatoes: Instructions for Growing Tomatoes: in the garden and greenhouse

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Heirloom tomato varieties we grow in a northern garden

This is our fifth year of growing tomatoes in Alberta, a challenging and fun thing to do. This year we grew mainly heirloom tomatoes again.

I started all of the seedlings in just a little soil and replanted them as soon as they grew, always burying the stem. Mid-May I transplanted them into the green house. This are heirloom tomato varieties that grow in a northern, short growing season garden and greenhouse.

More on growing tomatoes: Instructions for Growing Tomatoes: in the garden and greenhouse

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What greenhouse to choose?

When it comes to gardening in colder climates, a greenhouse is almost a must have. It extends the growing season and gives the plants a lot more heat. With a greenhouse we can actually pick ripe tomatoes here and grow some plants that we would not be able to with out one. It can also be a great hang out place on those cool spring days and summer nights. There are several greenhouses to choose from ...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

How-to grow and use Ground Cherries

Ground Cherries, also known as cape gooseberries, are little orange fruit inside an attractive paper wrapper. Fruits fall from the plants when ripe, that’s why they are called Ground Cherries.

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Grow your own Ground Cherries: Organic Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry - 50 Seeds

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fresh and dry basil in the winter

Basil is a great culinary herb for pasta, salads, and more. Not just the taste, but also the smell is unique. It is also a great looking plant. Basil is a warm weather herb. It does not like the cold. It hardly grows in our area even in the summer, but it does grow in a greenhouse and in a kitchen window. Since Basil changes its taste when it is dried, it is worth it to grow fresh. Plus it adds a little summer to your winter.

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