Celebrate the Season with Squash

While squash may be intimidating for first time users, it is easy-to-prepare, affordable, and nutritionally exceptional. It’s also widely produced across Nova Scotia. When you purchase squash make sure to choose those that are firm and heavy for their size, have bright and glossy exteriors, and are free of nicks, bruises or soft spots. With proper storage, winter squash can be kept up to three … Continue reading Celebrate the Season with Squash

Abundant August – by guest blogger Sarah Smith

Oh August… you are so intense!  Just like last year … you are a month packed full of change, surges of activity, excess and heat!  Oh, the heat, the growth spurts in the garden, the abundance of giant harvests of wild berries, multiple preserving projects and the energy of the long days filled with sun and work! Harvest is just beginning with many things that … Continue reading Abundant August – by guest blogger Sarah Smith

Wild Apples – The best things in life are free!

Most of us know that apples grow wild all over the landscape of most of the Maritimes. We buy apples from the store or from an orchard this is a good way to support local growers and is nice because the fruit is convenient, plump, sweet, and uniform and has a predictable flavour… The wild apple on the other hand is another story, it needs … Continue reading Wild Apples – The best things in life are free!

How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

We created a step-by-step canning guide! Filled with visual cues to guide you along the way, this resource is great for community groups or individuals who want to give canning a go. This toolkit includes all you need to know to get you started, including: required canning tools, step-by-step recipes, and additional resources. Click here HERE to view and download the resource. You can also … Continue reading How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

It’s garlic season! Our favorite time of year. Below are some basics to get started on growing, harvesting, and storing your own garlic. Garlic adds a punch to meals year-round, has strong medicinal qualities (great for preventing colds!), and is so easy to grow! Plus – growing garlic can be a big money saver as you begin to build your own garlic supply. 1. CHOOSING … Continue reading Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

A Living Library in Margaree

The Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library sneaks up on you as your eyes are pulled in all directions by the stunning vistas of the Margarees: rolling mountains, pastoral valleys, rushing rivers, and winding roads. There is a reason why those who can make a go of it here on Cape Breton Island are fiercely proud to call this place home. As families new and old … Continue reading A Living Library in Margaree

Pumpkins (and Potatoes) for Poverty

Nothing says autumn in Cumberland more than Pumpkins for Poverty! I had the pleasure of attending the 6th annual event on Oct. 23, in downtown Amherst. Pumpkins for Poverty is the brainchild of Charlotte Ferguson of Empowering Beyond Barriers, an anti-poverty coalition in Cumberland. Charlotte says that the event has been growing in popularity and that each year they make a little more than the … Continue reading Pumpkins (and Potatoes) for Poverty

Sharing the Harvest: Stone Soup Day at Oxford

So you have a garden at your school, dedicated volunteers who help tend it during summer months, and lots of veggies to pick early Fall, when class is back in session. How do you ensure everyone has a taste of the harvest? The Oxford school answer: host a stone soup day! Through readings of the stone soup story, students were reminded that healthy food is … Continue reading Sharing the Harvest: Stone Soup Day at Oxford

Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils

What are bulbils? The usual method for growing garlic is to break each bulb (the part that grows under the ground) into cloves, and to replant the cloves separately in autumn. Each clove grows into a whole new bulb, which is harvested in mid-summer. Normally, growers remove the scapes (the flower stems) in early summer, to allow bulbs to grow larger. That makes sense, and … Continue reading Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils

Winter Planting: Gardening Doesn’t End in July!

Not many people realise that our mild climate in Coastal Nova Scotia allows for some plants to grow all winter long. Parsley, parsnips, leeks, and spinach will survive being frozen over. I plant parsnips in August for an April harvest. I have also heard encouraging reports from beets and turnips but have not tried these out. Lettuce, radishes, arugula and peas won’t live through the … Continue reading Winter Planting: Gardening Doesn’t End in July!