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Gardening with Nature #2: Developing a Blueberry Guild

02-03-2013 03:26 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 13 comments »

I have a blueberry patch on the western side of my property that contains nine northern high-bush blueberry plants that are approximately five years old. The varieties include: Northblue, Northsky, Northland, Early Bluejay, Bluecrop, Jersey and Patriot. Given the variety of bushes, our harvest is staggered from early July to late August. Around the bushes I have a thick groundcover of pine needles, woodchips, Creeping Charlie, French sorrel and strawberries. The Creeping Charlie thrives, ...

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Growing My Way to Freedom #29: French Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)

05-06-2011 01:07 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 9 comments »

Another perennial vegetable I planted last year (2010) that I consider a successful addition to my garden and diet was French Sorrel. Sorrel is a versatile, reliable and tasty little herb that grows well in temperate climates (zones 3 to 9). The leaves have a strong lemony taste and the leaves are delicate, not tough. My favorite way to eat the leaves is in a salad of mixed greens but they also make a nice addition to soup as well. Although we have had a late, cold spring, I am noticing t...

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Growing My Way to Freedom #28: Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

04-25-2011 09:06 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 8 comments »

Last year I read a wonderful book, Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier (see my book review) and decided that I would like to include more perennial vegetables in my garden, particularly in the guild areas around my fruit trees. My long-term goal is to create gardens that take care of themselves for the most part, providing me with healthy, tasty food but not requiring more work than I have time and energy to spend on them. Perennial vegetables will help me reach that goal because once t...

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2011 Planting to Harvesting #8: Apple Tree Guild (continues)

04-19-2011 02:00 PM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

4/19/11 The silver lining of the return of winter weather is that it gives me more time to plan my gardens. Now, I know you are thinking, “but you live in Canada – you’ve had 6 months to plan!!” True, but last week we had a taste of spring and I had the pleasure of getting my hands back into the soil and I had the opportunity to renew my acquaintance with my garden areas. And so today, as the temperature hovers around the freezing mark, I sit inside and contempla...

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Gateway: Growing Your Own Food

12-15-2010 05:16 AM by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

Gateway: links to our projects, blogs, and forum discussions re: growing our own food With the current state of our environment and our society many people are beginning to grow their own food, whether that is on a farm, in a backyard or on a balcony. This shift to “back to the basics” has many gardeners learning about strategies to work with nature to create an abundance of organic goodness. Here, at GardenTenders.com, our members share lots of information and first-hand ex...

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Growing My Way to Freedom #15: Happy Father's Day Cherry Pie

06-20-2010 06:28 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 16 comments »

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful Dads out there! Three years ago, I planted two dwarf North Star pie cherry trees. I chose the North Star cherry because it is hardy, cold tolerant and prolific. It does not grow larger than four meters high, making it relatively easy to harvest. Last summer, one of the trees mysteriously died right after we harvested a few cherries ( We might have eaten one cherry each); this year the remaining tree provided us with enough cherries to make a...

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2008-11 Edibles #56: New Plants are Planted

05-10-2010 03:17 PM by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

May 10/10 This morning I had a consultation (observing a young lad in school – interesting, interesting) and this afternoon i got grounded and re-focused by planting the little treasures I got last week. The big bluestem grass and the sweetgrass went along the back fence next to some grains I had planted last month. This should make a nice border between the two properties and hopefully help with grass cutting. I wonder how long it will take for the grasses to start filling in the...

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Our Mini-Carolinian Forest #9: Filling In The Gaps

05-07-2010 01:09 PM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

May 7/10 I’ve been on the lookout for some hackberry bushes and my tree guy recommended that I check Acorus Restoration. I sent them an email earlier this week and sure enough they have Hackberry trees. This morning I made the trip – and took a list. While I was there I might as well pick up some other native plants that I had been interested in. (big smile) Here is what I came home with: 2 dwarf hackberry trees to be planted between my walnut tree and my currant bushes...

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Growing My Way to Freedom #13: 2010 Spring Planting – Apple Tree Guild Beginnings

04-27-2010 08:06 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 34 comments »

Today was a wet, cool day, just the right weather for planting the shrubs that arrived from Raintree Nursery yesterday afternoon. My muscles are aching, but I feel great because the plants already look wonderful! Of the nine bushes I planted, I am most excited about three Sweet Scarlet Goumi bushes (Elaeagnus multiflora). As members of my nascent apple tree guilds, the Goumi bushes will serve multiple functions: They will provide food for my family. In late summer, bright-red berries w...

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2008-11 Edibles #52: Sometimes, you've gotta do what you've gotta do...

04-14-2010 01:09 PM by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

April 14/10 The accomplishment of “gettin’ ‘er done” far exceeds the twinges of guilt I’m feeling. This spring I started my journey on two missions:1. go as natural as possible when it comes to my gardens, and2. create guilds around my fruit trees During one of the presentations that I attended at a gardening show this spring, the Native Elder who spoke on naturalized areas stated, “don’t import soil – fix what you already have”. ...

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