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The Easiest Way to Clean Leeks

The Easiest Way to Clean Leeks

If you cook with leeks, you’ve probably experienced how tough they are to clean.

My first experience was like this: I didn’t know how to wash out the dirt, from between the leek layers. I tried to peel the layers off, rinse them, then chop them up individually. But this was messy and complicated.

I also tried to run water down between the layers, but this was also difficult since there’s very little room between them. Even if the leeks “seem” to be clean overall, there’s always some dirt stuck inside, between the layers and this is due to the way they grow.

I have a technique for cleaning leeks that is quick and simple. It also saves me a lot of time when I’m preparing meals and need to make dinner quick!


My Greenhouse Tour #2

My Greenhouse Tour #2

It’s been about a month since I planted the first seeds in the greenhouse and the days have become shorter. The weather has changed from summer to fall and the winds have picked up.

In a typical year, this would be typical weather for the season. However, in my case, I’ve embarked on a new adventure and already started learning and adapting. It’s definitely taking my mind off of what is happening outside.

From my first greenhouse video, to this second video, we’ve had to make several adaptations, to account for the high winds and the possibility of the greenhouse blowing away or being damaged. We’ve had a few leaks in the roof as well. I’ve also finished seeding the greenhouse and harvested my first vegetables!

It’s been an exciting time. Watch the second video in my greenhouse series and join me in my world.

My New Greenhouse Tour

A Walkthrough Tour of My Greenhouse

When we moved to our country home, I felt excited about building my dream kitchen garden. I researched ideas and designed it based on our family’s needs.

But, gardening season is relatively short in relation to the length of one-year, so I dreamt of ways to extend my gardening season. My garden is located over 400 feet away from the house, so trekking there in mid-winter, through hip-deep snow, to reach cold frames was unrealistic. Plus, opening the garden door would be next to impossible, due to all the snow.

I needed something close to the house, that would be easy to access and fulfill all my gardening needs throughout the summer and into fall, early winter, then very early spring.

I wanted something that I would be able to grow tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in during the summer and hardy salad greens in the fall, early winter and early spring.


Video: How to Pollinate Zucchini for a Bigger Harvest

How to Pollinate Zucchini for a Bigger Harvest

When I think of zucchini, I think of abundance. You plant one zucchini plant and it produces so much fruit, that you end up giving it away to family, friends and all your neighbours.

Thanks to changing climatic conditions and a lack of pollinators, zucchini plants aren’t producing as prolifically as they once did.

What does zucchini need in order to produce lots of fruit? Sunshine, heat and regular pollination.

Zucchini is not self-pollinating. It has male and female flowers that require the assistance of bees and bumblebees to fly from male flowers, collect pollen, then disperse the pollen to the pistils of female flowers.

What doesn’t zucchini need? Cool temperatures, persistent rain and absent pollinators.

Unfortunately in today’s conditions, if you’re looking for a bumper zucchini crop, you’ll need to step in and carry out the pollinator’s role.

Watch this video, where I show you how to easily hand pollinate your zucchini plants, in order to have a much larger harvest. All you need is a paintbrush!


Video: Maximize Soil Nutrition With This Simple Tip

Maximize Soil Nutrition with This Simple Tip

Clover is great for your garden soil. It’s a natural nitrogen fixer and an excellent ground cover. People plant it in their gardens and fields as a soil amendment. It helps to replenish the soil of lost nutrients, after growing a heavy feeding crop like tomatoes and squash.

Clover also grows naturally and likes to seed itself among other weeds, like dandelions, grasses, thistles, plantain and many others. However, don’t pull out that clover and dispose of it along with the other weeds.

If you look carefully at clover’s roots, you will discover tiny nodules attached. The more pink they are, the more nitrogen they contain.

Check out the video below to see what you can do with clover, to maximize your soil nutrition.