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cardoon

Growing Cardoons

This year I grew a cousin of the artichoke called Cardoons. It is popular in Mediterranean Cuisine. It grew very well but was annoying to prepare. It makes a nice ornamental plant though.



butterfly

Butterflies in my Back Yard

Sorting out my summer photos I found I had some nice butterfly photos



butterfly

A visit to the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

A great place to visit and take the kids. Don't forget your camera



bee

Plants that attract bees

A sampling of plants that I have found that attract a lot of bees and other pollinators



irrigation system

Simple DIY Irrigation System

I put together a simple irrigation system for my raised beds. Some drip and mostly soaker hose. It's been working really well and saves a lot of time and some money.



Does using newspaper mulches add heavy metal to soil

I Did some checking and here is my report



making charcoal

Making Charcoal at Home

I make charcoal for the garden and also for burning. I'm planning to try and cast aluminium after I launch my boat. This is how I make charcoal in the woodstove. Easy and safe.



milkweed

Growing Milkweed

I updated my milkweed growing page and added several new photos



Led lights

LED Lights

I made a light to help start seeds inside. It cost me about 20 dollars.



spider

Photographs of spiders in my back yard

I was looking at some of my summer photographs and decided to share a few of the spiders. Spiders are some of my favourite insects and they do a tremendous job keeping my garden pest free.



diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is one of the safest garden insecticide there is

What is it? How do you use it? How safe is it?



hummingbird moth

Hummingbird Moth look like miniature hummingbirds the first time you see them

I saw them for the first time this summer and thought they were the most delightful bug I had ever seen.



tomato

12 Plants that can feed you through the summer.

If I could only plant 12 varieties of plants these would be my choice.



Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes are amazing vegetables. They are nutritious, easy to grow and encourage probiotic bacteria in the gut.



Burlington Botanical Garden

I visited the Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington, Ontario

What an amazing place.



monarch butterfly

Raising Monarch Butterflies from Eggs, part 1

This is as close to magic as it gets for me. Amazing.


Raising Monarch Butterflies from Eggs Part 2





Gardening for cats

Cats and Plants

growing canna lilies

Growing Canna Lilies

getting a Tanzer 22 sail boat

Growing Hostas

My experiment growing ginseng

Growing Ginseng Experiment

flower photos for a winter day

Photos of flowers for a Winter Day

Hyper tufa garden ornament

Hypertufa

shade gardens

Planting a Shade Garden

Perrennials that survive the Toronto Winter

Hardy Plants

Raised Beds

Shredder-Chipper

I Grew Artichokes in Canada

Scarlet runner bean flower

Scarlet Runner Bean

Pest Control

biochar

Biochar Experiments

milkweed flower

Growing Milkweed

Squash Vine Borer

sun graphic

Soil Solarization

okra

Growing OKRA

Jack in the pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

monarch butterflies

Raising Monarchs

agave plant

Visit to the Botanical Gardens in Burlington

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichokes

tomatoes

My 12 Essential Garden Plants

hummingbird moth

Hummingbird Moths

spiders

Spiders

Led lights

LED Plant Lights

making biochar

Making Charcoal

irrigation system

Irrigation System

Bee

Plants that attract Bees and Pollinators

butterfly

Visit to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls

cardoon

Growing Cardoons

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