Category growing

My basic garden salad

As I looked out on my balcony garden this morning I noticed that I had a nice batch of rich maroon coloured Merlot lettuce, just perfect enough for one of my favourite garden salad recipes. This is a very basic and easy recipe, but it is chock full of rich summer flavours. It is crispy and […]

Male or Female—First time Zucchini mama

Each season I like to choose a new seed/plant to grow that I have never tried before or sometimes as the case may be a seed I have never heard of. I make it my personal experiment to see how successful or unsuccessful I am at nurturing it from seed to harvest, and I try […]

What a day to potter on my balcony-Amending soil

The weather has been really nice the past few days so yesterday when it was bright and beaming I spent a perfect day setting up my pots and amending my 4 year old soil. Unlike a lot of other container gardeners I don’t throw my soil out after the season is up, I like to keep […]

Sunflower competition update.

Just thought I would post a quick update on the Friendly Sunflower Competition. So far MrCrayons (Daniel C) kindergarten class seed was the first to germinate on April 2nd, followed quickly after by my Mexican red seed on April 3rd. Both participating kindergarten classes germinated their seeds inside standard ziplock bags with a moist paper […]

DIY seed starting tubes

In my post earlier on today I mentioned a new technique that I found to be very effective in germinating seeds. Here is what you will need to make these DIY seed starting tubes: – A set of plastic coin rollers; preferably reused ($0.25 Canadian size is best) – A paper towel roll – Spray bottle […]

Seedling sneak peak

Its been just over two weeks since I started my first few seedlings and they are coming along nicely. Everytime I get a glimpse of a new seed sprouting a child like grin forms from ear to ear on my face, and I can’t wait to plant them outdoors to flourish. I started them off indoors […]

Wednesday wonder

I woke up this morning to discover a little Wednesday wonder! Growing among my Merlot lettuce seedlings was a volunteer Borage plant. There is nothing like getting a little surprise in your garden each year and just maybe with a little luck I will get another volunteer popping its head out to say hello. *Just […]

Simple as 1,2,3 pea sprouts.

Growing pea shoots is one of the easiest things to do, and you get fabulous micro greens to add to your morning omelette, salad or even a delicious bowl of pasta. It really is as simple as 1,2,3! I grow my pea shoots indoors whether rain, winter or shine and all you need is a flower […]

The friendly sunflower competition!

Good afternoon, I thought since spring is upon us that now would be a good time to have a friendly sunflower competition! The chosen sunflower is the ‘Mexican Red Torch Sunflower’ a beautiful red-orange heirloom sunflower originating from Central Mexico. Not only is this a fabulous plant to attract butterflies into your garden but they […]

Welcome to my digital patch!

Hi there, Welcome to the other Sarah Raven. The purpose of this blog is to share my gardening journey and passion for all things grown in the dirt. I guess you could say this is my digital patch! Countless friends and family have told me that I should either start a blog about gardening or […]