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THE DOLLAR STORE HACK TO KEEP BIRDS AWAY FROM YOUR GARDEN

Do you struggle with birds constantly eating your vegetables and seedlings? Me too! I love planting lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, beets, broccoli, peas, cabbage, and cauliflower, but the birds eat them as soon as they sprout. It’s so bad, that one year I didn’t get any beets, spinach, peas or

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HOW TO START A SQUARE FOOT GARDEN

When you’re short on space, square foot gardening is the answer! I started planting my garden using the square foot gardening method instead of traditional rows in 2019, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! But how do you start a square foot garden? And is it complicated? In

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COMMON GERMINATION PROBLEMS & HOW TO FIX THEM

Whether you’re seed starting for the first time or the hundredth time, proper seed germination is always a concern. We all want excellent germination followed by lush, healthy seedlings, but how do we get there!? What are the conditions necessary for germination? In this post, I’ll let you in on

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SHIFTING ROOTS’ ESSENTIAL GARDENING SUPPLIES

With so many different gardening supplies out there, how do you know which one to choose? I’ve tried a LOT of products in the garden, and over the years I’ve narrowed it down to what works best for me. As you’re going through this list of must-have gardening items, consider

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DIY SEED STARTING FROM YOUR WINDOW

When I was a little girl my grandmother started marigolds every winter in a little modified milk garden planter with her seeds from last year’s crop. I loved those marigolds in her brick planters and still think of her every time I see a marigold. You really don’t need a

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WHY BUY ORGANIC AND HEIRLOOM SEEDS?

So, you’ve heard other cut flower gardeners and vegetable gardeners talk about organic and heirloom seeds, but you’re not sure what all the hype is about. You’re in the right place! In this post, I’ll walk you through what to look for when purchasing organic and heirloom seeds, the difference

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HOW TO BUILD A HIGH TUNNEL IN A NORTHERN CLIMATE

If you live in a cold climate like I do near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Zone 3 then a high tunnel or greenhouse is a gardening game changer. Suddenly, all those heat-loving vegetables that struggle–like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and more–are dare-I-say-easy to grow. With a high tunnel, you can finally have

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THE BEST VEGETABLES & FLOWERS TO START WITH WINTER SOWING

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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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.

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