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catnip distillation

Distilling Fresh Catnip to get catnip essential oil

I distilled fresh catnip oil to get essential oil to add to my insect repellent recipe. It was a success. My apparatus was simple stuff I had around the house.


Growing Parsnips

Not only are they delicious but they can be picked late in the fall or in spring.


Have you ever wondered how potentially Rabid animal bites are treated?

I was bitten by an unknown stray cat and got treated for potential rabies. Not much fun. Both cat and I survived.

pink slime mold

Pink Slime Mould in my firewood

I found pink and yellow slime mould growing on a piece of firewood.


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.


Butterflies in my Back Yard

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


A visit to the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

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


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.


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.


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.


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

Squash Vine Borer

Jack in the pulpit


agave plant

Visit to the Botanical Gardens in Burlington

irrigation system

Irrigation System


Plants that attract Bees and Pollinators


Visit to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls


Growing Cardoons

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