Garlic obsessed

I’m a little obsessed. I love growing garlic. I love eating it too of course. I love the smell of it. I love the earthy goodness of it. I love roasting it and using it in salad dressings, or marinating with it. Back at the end of July I harvested my garlic crop, which I…

Toronto’s Garlic Festival

A couple weeks ago we hit up the incredibly popular Toronto Garlic Festival, held at the Brickworks, which is right around the corner from my house. We went last year as well — and it was just as busy. Last year I was looking to beef up my garlic seed. I have been growing garlic…

Hello deer

Friday night I was doing a bit of plant clean up on my deck, the only real garden I’ve had in two years, when I noticed someone was staring back at me. I watched him for a while, as the squirrels dropped acorn bombs all around him. He was utterly unconcerned about the assault hailing down…

Taking shape

Guys! It’s happening!! We finally got our permit for our deck and porch and holy crap they are under construction!! In probably less than a week I will be able to sit out and enjoy a cold beer on my brand new deck! And by late July our entire outdoor space, front and back, should…

Oriole Party and Cherries

Spring has sprung here on the ravine, and we have been doing what we can to enjoy it, despite the fact that we’re still waiting for the City to grant us our permit to build the deck. We’ve been caught up in the City’s extra sharp due diligence, ever since our neighbours down the street…

Diggin

I got to get my boots dirty this weekend after a long summer of no gardening. We’re not going to be able to get any gardens up and ready this fall at the new house so I planted next year’s garlic out at the farm. I had picked up two new varieties of garlic at…

Hello there…

Boy, it sure has been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been taking a hiatus from my blog for a while, dealing with life, or rather, uprooting it completely. If I could have planned how this year would have unfolded I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have chosen to take on a major renovation wherein I would…

Composting guerrilla style

This is kind of a goofy video but I love the concept of guerrilla composting! As we in Toronto get closer to the last yard waste pick up date of the season (week of Dec. 10 in my neighbourhood), the window of opportunity to grab up bags of leaves put out for pick up is…

Garlic

I was so pleased with my garlic this year that I’ve decided to plant more than twice the amount for next year. In fact, by next spring, I may regret how little space I have left in my garden for anything else! As the years go by and I gain more experience growing veggies, I’ve…

Cured garlic

My garlic harvest is now cured and stored away safely hanging in my basement. I had it on a drying rack in the garage with a fan on it for about 2 weeks or so, and then I trimmed off the dead leaves and the roots, and then brought them inside. I tried my hand…