Category Archives: BLOG

Soil temperature matters

By Marianne Lepa Your gardening skills improve year by year. Each season brings the opportunity to learn something new. The importance of soil temperature for germinating seeds and setting out plants is one of those advanced skills you do eventually pick up. You probably already know that different seeds require...
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Free Spirit Gardens Seed Exchange

Free seeds for everybody! Master Gardener Anja Lowrance has graciously offered to manage getting the Free Spirit Garden Seed Exchange up and running. Seed exchanges rely on give and take. You don’t need to give seeds to get them, but if you can, offer extra seeds that you have or...
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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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