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August Garden Calendar
Aug 1, 2013
Gardening in a changing climate; make longterm garden plans; meanwhile enjoy summer salads on the grill and in the skillet.
Brian's April Gardening Calendar
March 28, 2013
Projects versus procees, tomatoes for all seasons, and souffles
Permaculture: easy and effective garden management
May 19, 2011
Javan Bernakevitch gives encouraging insight into a tried and tested approach to gardening.
April in the Garden
April 7, 2011
Brian suggests that it's always time for weeding, plants to hide unfinished projects and receipes boullabaisse and mocha cream.
A bug's eye view of gardening
March 24, 2011
A book review of 'Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and Other Benefical Insects' by Jan Miller-Klein, available from amazon.ca
March 10, 2011
A review of culinary herbs and simple recipes which highlight their flavour.
February Garden & Kitchen Calendar
February 24, 2011
Brian tells us spring is imminent and to prepare projects for potatoes, hanging baskets and how to cook some egg recipes.
January 13, 2011
Pruning, digging, sowing in the greenhouse and recipes for solid, hearty food for cold wet nights.
December 9, 2010
Christmas, seeds, gardening when you didn't think you had to, and extraordinary Christmas recipes from days of old.
October 28, 2010
Use what falls in autumn to make fertile ground in spring plus carrot recipes.
September 30, 2010
Get ready for spring with early preparation and feast on squash recipes
September 2, 2010
Cuttings, sowing, and the humble potato.
August 5, 2010
Have lots of eggplant on hand; the mouthwatering recipes are many and the gardening advice down-to-earth.
June 24, 2010
This long wet spring has been a kind of slug fest around here—though I've been told they make a great tempura after a lot of saki.
May 27, 2010
What to plant when in westcoast weather and simple recipes with this month's garden bounty.
April 29, 2010
Strawbale mulch, deer, and more wonderful recipes with eggs.
April 1, 2010
Spring garden prepartion and recipes using eggs.
March 18, 2010
Gardens for the senses, what to plant now and early spring recipes.
February 18, 2010
Signs of an early spring and late winter recipes.
November 5, 2009
Trees, lilies, mulching and savory pumpkin and sweet apple recipes highlight Brian's garden column for November.
October 8, 2009
What to plant now and two terrific recipes, one for beets, the other for pears.
July 2, 2009
July in the garden and kitchen.
June 4, 2009
Garden advice from the 14th century.
May 7, 2009
Garden chores and delights, 17th century salad and herb paté.
April 9, 2009
Now is the time to relax into the fun jobs of sowing and planting for an abundance of vegetables and flowers. Enjoy rhubarb recipes.
Rotation and companion planting
February 26, 2009
This year, I’m going to have my best garden yet! This is such an inspiring time of year for me. I love new beginnings.
January 29, 2009
Look forward with a new year to preparing the garden for spring, winter plantings and greenhouse starters as well as recipes.
December 11, 2008
Pruning, planting, spiced wine and sweetmeat.
Returning To Eden
December 11, 2008
The Eden Project a English botanical garden which shows the vital connections between people and plants, has an innovative CEO.
November 13, 2008
There's lots to do in the garden this month, including pruning those roses.There's also some delicious food to cook and enjoy.
October 16, 2008
Between the rains, this is indeed an active season. Most fruit will have to be picked and stored indoors. Green tomatoes will eventually ripen on the window sill or you can use them for frying, pickles, or chutney.
Chores or Way of Life?
October 2, 2008
It always amuses me when visitors look around the yard and garden, and say, ‘What do you folks do here anyway?’ The rehearsed answer is, ‘Oh, drink beer and sleep’—because you know very well the visiting interlocutor is not suited to a rural lifestyle.
Farm and garden facts: all you ever needed to know about manure.
September 18, 2008
Garden books and magazines wax lyrical about the benefits of animal manure around plants and trees but say little about why…
Fresh water making the most of it
September 18, 2008
On the Islands, as a small producer supplying our local farmers market, I am keenly aware of the amount of water storage required for cultivating crops.
September 4, 2008
On the coast at least, September is the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and, I should add, the seasonfor heavy dews.
September 4, 2008
Our food choices determine both the health of our children and the extent of control we are prepared to exercise or abdicate. In short, democracy begins with dinner.
August 7, 2008 | Brian Crumblehulme
There is such an air of expectancy this month when all the summer crops are in fruition and the flower garden is a blaze of brilliant colour.
Good Life in the Garden - Brian Crumblehulme
July 24, 2008
The serious gardener is always optimistic and always busy, and summer is surely that quintessential time when everything demands attention at once. Not only are we enjoying the summer season for itself, July and August are the months to sow and prepare for fall, winter and next spring. This is also the time to assess your endeavours and take notes to avoid the same mistakes next spring.
May 1, 2008 | Brian Crumblehulme
Our region has four season - not two and it is dry in summer. It makes sense to grow fresh food when it is expensive in the store during our mild, wet season.