Category Archives: BLOG

Managing Mint and Toddlers

Mint is like a busy toddler: they need room to run but are best contained, and they can really wreak havoc if left to their own devices.  Although, need 5 minutes?  Tell the toddler they can pull all the mint out and they can put it in their mouth.  Then fence...
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Heirloom vs. Hybrid Plants and Seeds

“Heirlooms”…that word.  It triggers visions of wildflower meadows, juicy and flavourful tomatoes, and old world traditions that should never be lost. So dreamy. “Hybrid”, on the other hand, brings up fears of technology, genetic engineering, mad scientists in their labs making plants from pig cells.  Enough to make you shiver....
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The Truth about Peas

It’s the first Farmers Market of the season – the May long weekend – and as sure as a frost in May, someone is going to ask me if I have any pea seeds for sale.  Oh the calamity. I could smile, show them the pea seeds, up-sell them on...
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Why Plant Edible Perennials?

Have you eaten from your garden yet this spring?  If not, it’s high time you plant some edible perennials in your gardens! Here are plants that we have eaten already this spring: Asparagus Green Onions Sweet Cicily (delicious anise-like herb) Perennial Fennel (use the fronds as herbs) Chives (a classic) Lovage (tastes like...
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Organic and Heirloom Seeds and Seedlings for Sale

Free Spirit Gardens sells locally grown and loved vegetable seedlings and we retail Cottage Gardener seeds (www.cottagegardener.com).  Here are the seedlings available: 2017 Plant description sheet To get your hands on some of these goodies for your gardens there are several ways: Attend our May 13th workshop “What, When, and How to Plant a Vegetable Garden”...
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Flower Bed Tasks This Time of Year: From a Vegetable Gardener

Every time it rains I find myself thinking “Wow, yesterday would have been a great day to stick some seeds in the ground.”   One of my favourite garden experts Ed Lawrence (CBC Ontario Today) has said that “The right time to prune is when you’re holding the pruners.” Which brought...
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3 Things you Should do in your Vegetable Garden Today!

With Climate Change wreaking havoc on our “4 Season Destination” tourist slogan, why not choose some new seasons?  Our area of South Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada seems to have 2 seasons: Ski Season and Garden Season.  Garden Season is in! If you have already weeded your garden, added manure or compost,...
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Little House Montessori Got Their Hands Dirty Last Season

  In Spring 2015, Free Spirit Gardens was the recipient of a grant from TD Friends of the Environment. With this grant, we were able to partner with the Little House Montessori School and install 2 raised garden beds to help promote outdoor play, healthy eating and environmental stewardship. A...
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