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I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my lifetime. Honestly. A shocking amount. Cutting my bangs myself? Stupid. Trying to clean my stainless steel stove with a Junior SOS pad? Stupid. Scraping a chunk of that jelly-like skin off my cornea while applying eyeliner? Rather stupid. But I can say, without any hesitation that the stupidest thing I’ve ever done is ripping apart my entire backyard and redoing it all myself. (as explained in my post on the subject) I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do anything like that again. Why will I never do it again? Because although I sometimes do stupid things, I’m not stupid. I will however continue to chop wood, grow my own vegetables, rescue feral cats and fix my own car. The money I save on these things I will use to pay someone to cut my bangs.


Winter Sowing.
Starting your plants outdoors in winter!

    As a gardener there are very few things I won’t try as a way to extend my growing season.  I’ve tried cold frames (unsuccessfully this year, but that was entirely my fault combined with a particularly pissy Mother […]

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Vegetables to Grow.
The strange jelly melon.

When you plant your first garden you usually limit yourself to the things that are easy for growing in a vegetable garden.  Stuff that’s pretty common. Things like tomatoes and radishes and money. But as time goes by and you […]

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The Mystery Keeper Tomato.
A tomato that stores for months.

It doesn’t matter where you live in North America, this has been the longest, hardest winter in memory. We’ve become familiar with new words and phrases like Polar Vortex, Frostquake and holy shit. That last one is reserved for when […]

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The Winter Cold Frame.
An update!

    One day, a girl named Karen, a girl very much like you, and you, and you, put on her boots and went outside to start her garden. It wasn’t a regular garden like dad used to plant in […]

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Have a good weekend! Back to posts with actual words and actual information on Monday!

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Christmas House Tour.

  I managed to get outside to take pictures just a day before the great snowfall of December 2013 hit my neck of the woods. People automatically assume that if you’re in Canada you have a white Christmas, but where […]

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Nature’s Christmas Gift.

I was getting the backyard ready for Christmas the other day when a heavy, heavy dread settled over me. Like the hand of Father Christmas pushing me into the dirt. It suddenly occurred to me that my readers might be […]

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The Final Harvest of 2013.
The Video.

My friend Neil Young and I have made a little video for you of my final garden harvest. A relaxing way for you to ease into your Monday. Wanna see last year’s Sweet Potato Harvest and how to cure sweet […]

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Friggin’ Fig

Ode to a Pathetic Harvest by Karen Bertelsen     I paid cash for this tree that I bought in the spring.       With hopes of a glorious showing of figs.       Instead I got one, […]

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The Rhubarb Patch.
Splitting Rhubarb

    Like most people, I acquired a rhubarb patch when I moved into this house.  Which is how most people get their rhubarb.   It’s like a little vegetative amenity; right up there with heated floors and a walk […]

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Just for Fun Friday
The Mouse Melon and the Warty Tomato

It’s going to be a quick post today because it’s October 4th, a day of rest for me based on a tradition that dates back to last night when I realized I probably wouldn’t feel like working today. And THAT’S […]

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Planting in Cold Frames for Winter Harvest

I had my first crackling fire in the fireplace last night.  I was considering having it on the kitchen floor, but went with convention.  And safety. By tomorrow there could be a scorching heat wave with a humidex of bathhouse. […]

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Disclaimer and Stuff:

Although I have remained unscathed, I am not responsible if you hurt yourself while cleaning your gutters or trying to tame a chipmunk.