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HOW I DOUBLED MY SALES IN MY SECOND YEAR OF FLOWER FARMING

Starting a flower farm from scratch, especially when there are so many other flower farmers within a 30km radius of where I live, has been daunting. Even though I’ve been arranging flowers for years, gardening forever, and feel confident in my approach to marketing, it doesn’t mean that I’m not

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HOW TO PLANT TULIPS LIKE A FLOWER FARMER

Tulip bulbs are expensive and it is not guaranteed that you will make a profit off of them, especially if you’re in your first year of flower farming. Farmer florists are also often dismayed to discover that tulips are not perennials when grown as cut flowers. All that being said,

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OVERWINTERING PERENNIALS IN RAISED BEDS IN ZONE 3

If you’re not blessed with a large backyard, but still want to have a garden and keep things as easy and low maintenance as possible, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that creating a perennial garden in containers or raised beds is the solution. And while it’s an excellent solution

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$100 CUT FLOWER GARDEN UPDATE

This year, I set out to grow a budget-friendly backyard flower farm. And now that I’ve actually grown everything for my West Coast Seeds $100 cut flower garden, I have thoughts and opinions about what worked and what didn’t. Largely the garden was a huge success, but there are a

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PUMPKIN SPICE CUPCAKES WITH CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE ICING

I’ll admit it, I’m pretty basic. I love everything pumpkin spice and I’m not afraid to say so. Weekends in October pretty much require that you consume as much of the stuff as possible. In that spirit, I give you this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese

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THE BEST PUMPKIN VARIETIES (FOR ANY OCCASION)

If you’re a flower farmer looking to make stunning pumpkin centrepieces, a home baker looking for the perfect pie pumpkin, a parent looking for a large pumpkin variety to carve with your kids, or any pumpkin lover in between, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, I

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HOW TO HARVEST & PROCESS FRESH PUMPKIN

For the longest time, I’ve had an irrational fear of processing pumpkins. It just seemed overwhelming. How would I cut them? Why did the guts have to be so gross to deal with? What do I do with all those seeds? Then as pumpkin puree climbed to $4 a can

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QUICK & EASY WAYS TO STORE YOUR CARROTS UNTIL SPRING

There are six ways to store carrots for the winter: canning, freezing, pickling, dehydrating, cold storage in a root cellar, and refrigeration. Do it right and you can easily supply yourself with carrots until spring! Some of these ways take more time, effort, or resources than others. I’ll go through

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HOW TO GROW BUG-FREE BRUSSEL SPROUTS FROM SEED

Brussel sprouts can be tricky to grow in a cold climate with a short growing season like Zone 3. They take a long time, are prone to bug pressure, and take up a lot of space. However, the taste of an organic, homegrown brussel sprout roasted to perfection makes it

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HOW TO GROW GARLIC IN ZONE 3 (AND OTHER COLD CLIMATES)

Garlic is an easy to plant vegetable that’s perfect for beginners. The catch? If you want to eat garlic in July, you need to plant it in October. Unlike most vegetables, garlic should be planted in the fall instead of spring. But don’t worry, the process is really simple! In

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Kristen

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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