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Wednesday
Apr042012

My fav gardening websites

Funny little man of clay

I’ve had a couple questions from friends about what gardening websites and blogs I read. I love to read about gardening! Here's a list of some of my favourite sites.

PS - I really am in love with Flipboard for reading blogs and RSS feeds on my iPad. I love to look at all the photos! Otherwise I use Google Reader

Generally useful gardening websites

Better Homes and Gardens http://www.bhg.com/gardening/
you have to register by email for the most useful content, but I like the BHG garden plans for ideas. 

GardenWeb forums http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/ - tons & tons here. If you have a question, someone has likely asked it here.

Farmer's Almanac: Planting dates http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/ - ye olde Almanac has some useful veggie reference guides like frost dates, planting dates, and zones, plus flower and veggie information. 

Apartment Therapy: Gardening category http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/categories/gardening Fresh ideas!

Tomato rainbow

Vegetable garden blogs

A Way to Garden by Margaret Roach [New York] http://awaytogarden.com/ - Excellent gardening writer, previously editor for Martha Stewart Living. Check out her garden chores & tips month-by-month. 

Veggie Patch Reimagined [rural Ottawa gardener] http://veggiepatchreimagined.blogspot.com

Daphne’s Dandelions [Massachusetts] http://daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com - Lots of lovely photos!

Diggin' Food [Seattle] http://www.digginfood.com

Maybelline's Garden [California] http://maybellinesgarden.blogspot.ca - Fun speciality vegetable ideas.

The Cheap Vegetable Gardener by Shawn Verrall [Washington?] http://www.cheapvegetablegardener.com

Tiny Farm Blog [southern Ontario, Canada] http://tinyfarmblog.com - A small organic farm.

In my Kitchen Garden [Missouri?] http://inmykitchengarden.blogspot.ca

Skippy's Vegetable Garden [Massachusetts] http://carletongarden.blogspot.ca

Veggie Gardening Tips [Pennsylvania] http://www.veggiegardeningtips.com/

Green cabbage

Ottawa specific resources

Ottawa Horticultural Society http://www.ottawahort.org/index.htm - They post about events like the Rare & Unusual Plant Sale http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/events.htm & seed exchanges. 

Ottawa Master Gardeners http://mgottawa.mgoi.ca/

Little clover

What are your favourite gardening sites? I'd especially love to know ones with great flower gardening or landscaping ideas. 

Sunday
Apr012012

Happy 7th birthday Chi!

Happy 7th birthday, Chi!

Tuesday the 27th was Chi's seventh birthday. Chi is our first ferret. We adopted her from a local pet store. She was tiny, playful, and tried to eat the drawstrings on my jacket. She climbed all over our furniture, pooped at will, and attacked anything paper or plastic. When we brought home Horatio, she danced after him dooking. 

She's a little quieter now, and doesn't climb as much, but she loves a good back scratch. 

Seven treats for seven years: 52 weeks of ferrets (13/52)

She's also the boss of the house and I adore her. Here she is monitoring Leroy to make sure he stays in line.

Precise personal space

Happy birthday, Chi! We wish you & Horatio many more years of dancing & dooking.

Tuesday
Mar272012

First tomato seedlings!

Yesterday the first of our tomato seedlings came up! These are yellow grape tomatoes. 

This is the first time I'm growing seeds indoors. Many thanks to Mary for the grow light table ^_^

First tomato seedlings!
Sunday
Mar182012

Sunny weather! so we took Leroy to the park to chase the RC car

He has eye-popping enthusiasm for chasing that thing! 

Leroy chasing RC car
Tuesday
Mar062012

Today is Horatio the ferret's 7th birthday! 

Happy birthday, Captain Horatio Bear ^_^

Horatio looking out the window: 52 weeks of ferrets (9/52)