Category Archives: Gardening


November 11, 2015

  There is something I have often experienced in my life.     I am not social but rather shy to begin with. I naturally stay quiet when I meet new people. I observe what’s going on and eventually start seeing the area I can contribute. I am shy but not withdrawing. I am a dower…Read more >

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August 14, 2015

  Chop-n-drop (also written “chop n’ drop”) is a gardening technique applied widely among organic gardeners who practice permaculture and the likes. The basic idea is to return the ‘out’ material in conventional gardening such as weeds and pruned plant waste back to the garden directly. It works as mulch and gives the nutrients back as it breaks…Read more >

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Big Picture First

May 14, 2015

  I am volunteering at a local certified organic farm once a week. Yesterday I was working with a young man who was visiting there for a while. He is studying ornamental horticulture at school and quite knowledgeable. In the conversation he asked me an interesting question; what is the most interesting thing I have…Read more >

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December 19, 2014

  If you want a lot of food from your garden to supply your family through the year, you need to grow a lot. It’s quite simple. So you create a large, productive garden by whatever you think the best. Say, you successfully grew a lot of crops. You have pails of tomatoes and cukes…Read more >

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Nursing Little Creatures

December 6, 2014

  After I started making fermented foods, I discovered it is more like farming rather than cooking.   Natto (fermented soy beans) and Koji (fermented grain) are made with particular types of fungi. Just like other living creatures, the fungi need air, water and food. They like a certain range of temperature, humidity and light…Read more >

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Make Use of What’s Already There

November 13, 2014

  I have been studying a farming method a Japanese man practicing mainly in Brazil and Japan. There is not much of English information but I found this:   Mr. Yukimi Hayashi is explaining his practice elaborately on his website but it is Japanese ( I am still learning but as far as I…Read more >

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Perfect Prescription

October 9, 2014

  We have a type two diabetic patient in the family. He was diagnosed with it about a year and half ago. Diabetes is a controllable disease. Our body naturally has the ability to maintain the blood glucose level within a certain range. But with many reasons this function deteriorates and as the result the glucose…Read more >

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Make Time

September 1, 2014

  A friend of mine gave me a big bunch of flowers from her garden. I put them in vases and we enjoyed them for several days. Eventually many of them welted so I cleaned them up. I salvaged the flowers still in a good shape, added some from the back yard and made 2…Read more >

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Sustainable Garden

July 25, 2014

  I was working as a professional landscaper for over 10 years in Calgary. I worked mostly for residential, ornamental gardens. Although I enjoyed the artistic, creative work, I started growing the interest in more sustainable gardening in later years of my career. I did some experiment of permaculture methods in the tiny back yard…Read more >

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Weeds – To Remove Or To Keep?

May 16, 2014

I used to be a professional landscaper so it became my second nature to pull weeds out of a bed whenever I notice them. The rule of thumb is not to let weeds go out of control. The common method is the early stage weeding and regular maintenance.   In conventional gardening weeds are not welcomed in any format….Read more >

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