About Me

A little about me

I have been gardening on and off since about the age of eight, when my mother handed me a package of radish seeds and set aside a tub of soil where I could plant them. That first effort was not successful, but I persevered and have now been a member of Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton since 2005. My small suburban garden is certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation as wildlife habitat. I grow a dozen or more varieties of heritage tomatoes every year and generally love to try heritage veggies and flowers of all kinds. My garden design includes elements of permaculture and I’ve been honoured to receive several awards from the Ontario horticulture community. My gardening addiction would not be possible without my loving husband Richard and our collection of very spoiled rescue cats.

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Who needs another gardening blog?

After a varied career in the non-profit and public service sectors, I am finally retired and able to focus on my number one passion – gardening!

As a Master Gardener, I think it’s important to stay on top of the science behind what makes our gardening efforts successful or not. However, much of the work done today by biologists, botanists and other plant scientists is at the cellular or even sub-cellular level. This makes it hard for ordinary gardeners like me to understand the implications of their work.

That’s what this blog is for. I get several science newsfeeds each day and trawl through them looking for stories that help me understand the latest science that is relevant for my gardening activities. Then I post those stories here, sometimes with commentary.

This blog is new and I’m still working out what kinds of content will be most useful to readers, so please let me know what you think in the comments, and feel free to contact me with suggestions.

Happy Gardening!