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If you want to get casually involved in gardening for the first time, or you are a master gardener ready to improve your skills, I’ve put together a selection of blogs and videos to help you grow.

Watch: A Greenhouse is a Dreamhouse

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Watch: How to Attract Beneficial Bugs

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Write it Down! – Little Jobs in the Garden

Do you journal about your garden? Do you know want to be entertained and learn from your own garden efforts? Of course you do. That is why Donna Balzer wrote the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal: Part Diary, Part Personal Growing Guide. This guide is packed with fun tidbits and garden information as well as garden stories. Donna shows you how to use it in your garden.
If it is little jobs for little people you are excited about sharing then watch the second half when Donna works with her grandkids in the garden. Tips for getting kids involved? Just do it yourself and they will follow and the messier the better.

Why I Am Peeling Garlic This Year

So just to be clear I am not in jail and I do not have that much free time on a daily basis but I do have a lot of those piddly little garlic cloves because my garlic self seeds all over my garden and sometimes I don’t see it right away until  the plants are grown and are ready to pull. So I do that – I pull it. And then in fall and winter I peel as I go – using  it  up in my kitchen. I love garlic. But when the cloves are small you have to peel two or three to get enough for a recipe. 

Back to Reality: Renovating our Front Yard to Remove The Lawn and Add Edibles

So what is your motivation for making changes in the garden? In my yard it all started with Helpful husband. He had better things to do so he stopped mowing the lawn. And when our irrigation system imploded he stopped watering the lawn. Only the weeds were growing.
So with pencil and paper and I did for us what I usually do for others: A front yard redesign starting with removing the lawn and adding more parking for all our toys and vehicles. We … started by widening the right side of the yard, building a small wall to contain the plants, and creating  extra parking. Then came the edible and ornamental plants.

Growing Cauliflowers for Success

Like labradoodles (a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle), plants that have been deliberately cross-bred are expensive to buy. And when you buy a cross-bred cauliflower you are probably only buying the seed or potential for a better plant. This is a good thing, though, because you know exactly what you will get with hybrid seed and exactly how the seed will perform in your garden. Cauliflower varieties have known and grown

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“This is the book that keeps you ‘on course’ in your garden. By tracking your progress, not only will you see the results, but you will have a fantastic guide of your successes for the next growing season to come! Get journaling…AND gardening with the help of these wonderful experts!” Carson Arthur, Outdoor Lifestyle Expert, HGTV and Cityline

“… perfect for all gardeners – there is great information provided, it’s a beautiful layout, [and] an all-around cheerful and enjoyable journal. …It’s an original approach to a garden journal and would make an excellent gift.” Colleen Zacharias, Winnipeg Free Press Homes

“We love the fun, friendly look and attitude of the [Three Year] Gardener’s Gratitude Journal!” Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby, TorontoGardens.com

Globe and Mail Columnist and author of Thrifty: Living The Frugal Life with Style: “In this charming, zestful and funny book, Donna & Steve de-bunk false garden advice, gadgets, gimmicks & claims while providing great information and wisdom for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Highly recommended!” Michelle and Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture Inc.

“At last a book about vegetable gardening that doesn’t take itself so seriously…. The Fun charm of this book is that it’s a lot of fun to explore visual; easy to read even if you aren’t a vegetable Gardener; and it’s super opinionated but with good sense. Hallelujah, a sense of humour that isn’t full of manure.” Marjorie Harris

“Occasionally in a librarian’s life…a book will arrive that causes immediate bibliomania. A book that is so different, so appealing, and upon reading it, so completely perfect, that it must be shown with great excitement to everyone who loves books.” Susan Yates, Gabriola Sounder Review

Hi I’m Donna –

Garden expert, regular guest on CBC radio in Alberta and host of internationally aired Bugs & Blooms on HGTV.

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