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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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Pumpkin Yeast Doughnuts with Chai Glaze

Call me weird, but whenever I want to make pumpkin donuts, I never make the dough just for doughnuts. You see, yeast donuts never taste great the next day, and nobody needs to eat 30 doughnuts in one sitting!! (Although you might want too. . .this chai glaze is seriously

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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 this July, you need to plant it this October. Unlike most vegetables, garlic should be planted in the fall instead of spring. But don’t worry, the process is really simple! I’ll

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How to Prepare Your Strawberries for the Winter

It’s another one of those rites of passage of learning to garden–killing the strawberries you so desperately wanted to save. Everybody loves strawberries, but nobody likes it when the strawberry plants they invested in last Spring die a slow and horrible death over the cold Canadian Winter.  Not that I’m

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The 3 Easiest Cut Flowers to Save From Seed

I love growing an annual cut flower garden from seed, but the costs can quickly add up. Every year I spend over $200 on flower seeds–and that’s after I try and pare down my choices!! Over the last couple of years I’ve been saving seed from more and more of

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Beginners Guide to Peonies: Growing Tips and Beautiful DIYs.

Peony season is finally here!  For two weeks in June peony lovers everywhere rejoice and furiously arrange and photograph their precious flowers. . . or maybe that’s just me.  There’s nothing like those delicate shades of pink and that glorious scent wafting from every bloom. But peonies aren’t always as

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How to Make Chokecherry Jelly

Just as the Saskatoon berries start to dry out, a new prairie berry emerges: Chokecherries! Chokecherries are very astringent, so they don’t taste good when you eat them straight off of the tree. However, when you extract the juice and copious amounts of sugar, they’re downright delicious. There are plenty

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Gooseberry Jam

Gooseberry Jam is a delicious topping for breads, and so worth the trouble of picking the gooseberries. The bushes have long thorns, which means that you can’t pick these berries in a hurry, and you probably don’t want to make your young kids help you with this task. I got

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Saskatoon Berry Jam

I love the taste of Saskatoon berries and this jam recipe keeps the deliciousness going all summer long. American friends, you might also know these berries as serviceberries or juneberries. Whatever you call them, this jam is delicious and easy to make. One thing that might be a little different

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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.

P.S. First time gardener? You'll want to download the quick start gardening guide below!