Beautify Your Yard With These DIY Stepping Stones

This is our first full summer at our new house, and my husband and I have been working hard giving the yard and gardens a bit of a facelift. Cramming non-stop landscaping and gardening into such a short season is exhausting, but it’s also deeply...

Keeping The Deer Away From The Veggie Patch With Pig’s Blood

At dusk the other night, I had a staring contest with a deer in my backyard. And lost. After waving my son’s toy lawn mower in the air like a crazy person, she finally left, albeit very reluctantly. The next morning, I awoke to a collapsed deer fence...

Gardening Tricks To Help Keep Summertime Pests At Bay

Nothing ruins a pleasant evening outdoors like the annoying sound of mosquitoes, buzzing around and thirsty for your blood. There are many ways to repel insects, but most of them contain chemicals that your skin eventually absorbs. Why not try to fight...

Succession Planting Gives New Life After Harvest or Crop Loss

A heat wave gripped the Northern Hemisphere last week, smashing record temperatures across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. I live just outside of Montreal, Canada, a city that hasn’t seen seven consecutive days of temperatures of...

Giving Your Zucchini Plants A Nudge With Hand Pollination

If you’re growing zucchini in your garden this year, you best be armed with a plethora of recipes that call for the vegetable. Believe it or not, a single zucchini plant can produce up to 10 pounds of zucchini in one growing season. Yikes! I have four...

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Succession Planting
Succession Planting Gives New Life After Harvest or Crop Loss
A heat wave gripped the Northern Hemisphere last week, smashing record temperatures across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. I live just outside of Montreal, Canada, a city that hasn’t seen seven consecutive days of temperatures of...
hand pollination
Giving Your Zucchini Plants A Nudge With Hand Pollination
If you’re growing zucchini in your garden this year, you best be armed with a plethora of recipes that call for the vegetable. Believe it or not, a single zucchini plant can produce up to 10 pounds of zucchini in one growing season. Yikes! I have four...
Grafting
Fruit And Vegetable Grafting An Alternative To Pesticide-Use
Combine science and nature and you can achieve some pretty impressive things. On my recent tour of Lufa Farms in Montreal, Canada, I learned about how the commercial rooftop greenhouse makes use of grafting to produce tasty and healthy tomatoes. While...
Lufa Farms
Lufa Farms: A Model For Feeding Cities And Reconnecting People To Food
Fixing a broken food system and reconnecting people with the food they eat is no easy task. But Lufa Farms in Montreal is doing it. With three rooftop greenhouses spread out across the city, Lufa has 140,000 sq. ft. of growing space dedicated to feeding...
Modern Farming
Quality Over Quantity: Modern Farming Company Changing The Foodscape
Quantity over quality; that just about sums up today’s food industry. We want lots of food, we want it fast, and we want it cheap. So, we turn to mass-produced foods that are often genetically modified and full of chemicals, herbicides and other things we...
government grants
Hydroponic Help: Government Grants For Farmers Making The Switch
We love hearing from our readers, and just recently, we got a great question about what kind of government support there is for people looking to start farming with hydroponics. This is such a timely topic! The world’s population is currently at 7.6...
Farming under the sea
How Farming Under The Sea Is Changing The World
One of my favorite movies as a kid was Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Before launching into a super catchy tune, Sebastian the crab tells his mermaid friend Ariel, “The human world, it’s a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.”...
Cannabis
How To Make Legal Recreational Cannabis Appealing To Non-Smokers
It’s official; Canada’s 95-year prohibition on recreational cannabis has been lifted. The Senate voted to pass the landmark legislation by a vote of 56 to 30. Now, the bill moves back to the House of Commons where MP’s will debate four dozen amendments...
phytonutrients
Phytoremediation: Using Natural Plants To Rejuvenate And Clean The Earth
It’s one of the biggest environmental challenges we face: around the world, there are a countless number of sites contaminated by toxins. Heavy metals, chemical waste, and in some places, even radioactive material pollute our soils. The environmental...
Pests
Gardening Tricks To Help Keep Summertime Pests At Bay
Nothing ruins a pleasant evening outdoors like the annoying sound of mosquitoes, buzzing around and thirsty for your blood. There are many ways to repel insects, but most of them contain chemicals that your skin eventually absorbs. Why not try to fight...
edible garden
If They Grow It, They’ll Eat It: Edible Gardens For Preschoolers
Hands-On Learning The best way for your child to learn will often involve hands-on approaches to education.  Many of us are visual learners, meaning we need to see a concept in action in order to fully understand it. This is especially true for youngsters....
ticks
Gardeners Around The World Beware: Ticks On The Rise
I live in a fairly densely-wooded area north of Montreal, Canada. I’m surrounded by nothing but trees; my kids and dogs spend hours roaming the forest beside our house, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Unfortunately, there are some risks associated...
Deer
Keeping The Deer Away From The Veggie Patch With Pig’s Blood
At dusk the other night, I had a staring contest with a deer in my backyard. And lost. After waving my son’s toy lawn mower in the air like a crazy person, she finally left, albeit very reluctantly. The next morning, I awoke to a collapsed deer fence...
Bats
Making Room For Bats: Why Your Gardens Need Them
While you are sleeping, bats come out of their caves, tree hollows, or roosts, swooping through the dark night as they search for food. It could even be happening in your own backyard. Sounds spooky, doesn’t it? In reality, bats aren’t all that scary; in...
greenhouse
Garden Culture Tours World’s First Commercial Rooftop Greenhouse
It’s not every day you get to tour a farm that has revolutionized the way food is grown and how people eat. Lufa Farms built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse on an industrial building in Montreal, Canada. Depending strictly on hydroponics,...
Peat
Peat-Free Movement Gaining Steam In UK; Other Countries Should Follow Suit
Peat moss is widely-used in gardens around the world, and for good reason. Plants thrive in peat because it provides a sterile growing medium and delivers highly-absorbent qualities; it retains water better than other types of soil and prevents soil...
honeybee
Attracting The Honeybee To Your Garden; Why We All Need To Help
Now that everything is in bloom, you’ll probably be seeing creatures both great and small paying a visit to your backyard or garden. Of all the animals you might see, our buzzing bee friends are among the most important. You might be a little wary of these...
Composting Food
Healthy Soil, Healthy People: Why Composting Food Waste Is So Important
Every year, a third of the food we produce is wasted. That alone is a travesty, but what's even worse, is the wasted food often ends up in landfills, where without proper airflow, it decomposes and emits methane into the atmosphere. One of the most...
Stepping Stones
Beautify Your Yard With These DIY Stepping Stones
This is our first full summer at our new house, and my husband and I have been working hard giving the yard and gardens a bit of a facelift. Cramming non-stop landscaping and gardening into such a short season is exhausting, but it’s also deeply...
flexitarian
Are You A Flexitarian? Trend Of Eating Less Meat On The Rise
In my household, we can go weeks without eating a single piece of meat. It’s not something we do on purpose; it just kind of happens that we design our meals around fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Sometimes -- but rarely -- the opposite is...
Victory Gardens
Victory Gardens With A New Twist: Fighting Climate Change, Not War
A new movement aims to bring Victory gardens back to yards across America, only this time around, they’ll serve a different purpose. If you’re not familiar with the idea, Victory gardens were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted across the US, UK,...