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At the end of your hose?

At the end of your hose?

We haven’t had a good, garden-soaking rain in my area for more than a week, and it’s been hot so I’ve been doing a lot of watering. But I ran into a problem when the coupling at the end of my hose (sometimes referred to as “the brass piece that water comes out of” or… Continue Reading

Keeping birds safe from windows

Keeping birds safe from windows

I’ve mentioned previously how much I enjoy having birds in the garden, and that I have several birdfeeders to entice them to visit. Most of the time this arrangement has been beneficial for both the birds and I. However, there is a dark side; from time to time, I have heard the sickening thud of… Continue Reading

Make your own thrifty custom winter urn decorations

Make your own thrifty custom winter urn decorations

My first challenge with writing this post, and frankly, the most difficult, was figuring out what to call the festively coloured balls, pinecones, and other bits of interesting stuff that people use to decorate their outdoor Christmas urn arrangements? Accessories? Embellishments? Decorations? Well, whatever you call them, I first started to make my own when… Continue Reading

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

I have a great recipe for spicy roasted red pepper and tomato soup. I’ve tweaked one that was given to me years ago by a good friend to the point where I think I can call it mine now. For several years I made big batches of it in the fall, and then froze it… Continue Reading

Dealing with lots of tomatoes

Dealing with lots of tomatoes

I grow a lot of tomatoes. A lot. In fact, some people might say I have a bit of a tomato growing problem. But you know, some people buy what might be considered excessive pairs of shoes, have closets full of handbags, or perhaps a dozen too many tech gadgets. I…grow tomatoes. And I’m pretty… Continue Reading

I couldn’t find it so I created it–The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

My garden has entered that late summer stage where, as far as flowers go, it’s all about the dahlias and the black-eyed susans. Rudbeckia triloba (my favourite form of black-eyed susan) has self seeded in several places (not all of which are convenient, but I let it go anyway) and it certainly must be one… Continue Reading

How to Make a Wreath Out of Fresh Greenery (updated)

How to Make a Wreath Out of Fresh Greenery (updated)

Making a Christmas wreath from scratch is not difficult but it does take time and patience. It takes me about 2 hours to create a wreath, and I’ve been making them every year since about 2004. My horticultural society used to hold a wreath-making workshop for our members every November, and that was where I… Continue Reading

Cement leaf casting in Kingston

Cement leaf casting in Kingston

Last Saturday I spent the day playing with cement and plants in Kingston, Ontario. I was a student in a day long workshop at Leaf Relief, a studio run by artist Deb Stagg, out of her home. I’ve seen many tutorials on making cement stepping stones, using leaves as molds, and even took a shot… Continue Reading

Canning for the first time

Canning for the first time

I’ve been afraid to start canning. Not scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but concerned that I wouldn’t be able to stop. Both my mother and father’s family canned every year, and my mother has lined her fruit-cellar shelves with jars and jars of fruit jam for as long as I’ve been… Continue Reading

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