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You might have heard of beatniks (dough rolled up in a beet leaf) but have you heard of beet leaf rolls? They’re a riff off of cabbage rolls, way better tasting, and a great way to use up some of your beet leaves! By the way, did you know you

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Have you downsized recently and are looking to start your small space gardening journey for the first time? Or have you been container gardening for years and are sick of planting the same old vegetables, herbs, and flowers that you plant every year? If you’re looking to upgrade your container

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Winter sowing vegetables and flowers is a wonderful way to start strong seedlings that don’t really need hardening off. Over the winter, you can save your milk jugs, fill them up with soil and seeds, and be rewarded with your own seed starters in the spring. However, some seeds lend

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How to Design a Perennial Garden Underneath a Tree

Perennial gardens underneath trees can be a beautiful addition to your landscape–but it can be tricky to grow plants underneath them in a way that supports both the growth of the tree and your new perennials. In this post, we’ll chat about some of the pitfalls to avoid when creating

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To Prune or Not to Prune (Your Tomatoes is the Question)

It can be difficult to know whether or not to prune tomatoes, and if one decides to prune, difficult to know how and when to prune your tomato plants. Pruning tomatoes is not necessary but can benefit your plant by allowing better air flow, protecting tomatoes from disease, and by

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5 Easy Ways to Increase Pollination in Your Vegetable Garden

When you go through all the trouble of planting a vegetable garden, weeding it, watering it, and basically tending to its every need, you expect that said vegetable garden will provide you with a lot of vegetables. But what happens when you do everything right, the weather co-operates for the

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Bloom Times: What Cut Flowers Grow When in Zone 3

If you’re planning on growing your own flowers for a wedding, or other special occasion, you’ve probably been scouring garden plans, growing guides, and bloom time charts. But if you live in a cold climate with a short growing season like I do in zone 3, you’ve probably realized that

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21 Cut Flowers to Grow in Part Shade

You want a cut flower garden, but unfortunately your yard isn’t blessed with a lot of full sun. While full sun is the best for cut flowers, there’s a surprising amount of annual and perennial flowers you can grow that will work in part shade, and give you some additional

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How to Make Watercolour Decorated Sugar Cookies

When you need a Christmas gift that looks like a million dollars, but isn’t, these cookies are your new best friend. Sure, these sugar cookies take some time to execute. But the trade off is worth it! You only need simple food colouring and dollar store paint brushes–things that are

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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!