Sunday, 27 February 2011

Another Seedy Sunday coming up!

Seedy Sunday - Peterborough Ontario - Coming up!
Please click the picture above and link to more info.

~ Italian Basil seedlings ~


Peterborough Seedy Sunday, here in Ontario, is fast approaching!
I'm looking forward to attending!
Sunday March 13th, 2011 - 1 pm to 4 pm
St. James United Church
221 Romaine St.
Peterborough, ON
If you're in the area, come on by and get inspired by Spring!
A Free Event!
I'll have Seed Balls, Plantable Paper, and more than 140 varieties of organic, open-pollinated heirloom and native seeds available for purchase.
Hope to see you there!
FYI ---> To find Seedy Saturdays & Sundays in your area,
please visit: Seeds Of Diversity

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Pamper Yourself Naturally - The Home Spa - From the Garden!

Lavender Loves Sage - Organic Bath Salts
Lavender Sole Food - Organic relief for our Feet!
Honey-Vanilla Milk Bath

The garden brings us many joys. Countless hours playing in the dirt is good for the soul.

If you're like me, a nice hot bath is sometimes welcome, after working/playing in the garden, and perhaps you also believe in products for the body that are free of man made chemicals.
As far as I'm concerned, they do more harm than good. 
That's where the garden ties into the bath. After playing in the dirt, it's nice to decompress and feel like one is visiting a spa!
Well, I started reading the labels on bath products I was purchasing, and like many of you out there, found that some of the ingredients, which are too complicated to spell or pronounce, made me question as to whether these were any good for mine and my families health.

After researching some of them and finding that many were indeed not good for me, I turned to my garden for answers. I decided it was high time that using the natural and organic ingredients I grew myself was more in line with my way of thinking. For instance, I grow lavender and sage. I dry both. You can see the picture above, and all it contains is dried lavender, dried sage, both which I've grown organically, dried, and then ground up and mixed with a variety of natural bath salts and other ingredients.
I know what is in my bath! I can pronounce and spell all the items that I'm bathing in, and, I know that they benefit me in many ways. Spring is knocking at the door ... It's almost time to play in the dirt!
Thanks and Happy Gardening!

Gardening under lights... for now at least!

Little Amaryllis bulblets. So cute! From the main plant.
(See below)

Amaryllis bulbs
I picked out the small bulblets and have potted them up in their own container.
They're under lights now, along with all the other seeds I'm starting.
Herbs for the most part, but a few heirloom tomatoes, and other Veggies.
This is all a gardener can do when there's still 4 feet of snow outside!
March is almost here and that heralds Spring!
Thank goodness. It can't come soon enough for me.
Happy gardening!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Mesclun Mix - Planning to Plant in the Garden

Some salad greens from last year. I love a variety of colour and foliage.
Wall Flower Studio's Mesclun Mix - Lots of variety!

The word “Mesclun" means "mixture."
For me, it's when early sweet lettuces and tangy, tender greens are pre-mixed,
then sown and grown together.
Mesclun is actually amazingly easy to grow.
Most seeds will even germinate in cooler weather conditions.
The key, I've found, is making sure that the soil is evenly watered until the seeds germinate, which will usually take place within a week.
I've noticed that Mesclun mixes are becoming increasingly popular as people discover the wonderful ways to use different greens. Many can be container grown, so it's an accessable way for people to grow their own food.
I've created a custom blend for Wall Flower Studio.
Many unusual and tasty greens are included for growing,
and no two salads grown & harvested will every be alike!
I kind of like the sound of that!
The seeds included are:
Red giant mustard, Red deer tongue lettuce, Russian red kale, Mizuna mustard, Arugula, Tom Thumb lettuce, Black-seeded Simpson lettuce, Parris Island Romaine, Persian Cress, Lacinto Kale, and Reine Des Glaces Lettuce.
If you don't have a lot of experience growing from salad from seed,
I'm thinking that a Mesclun mix is a great way to start.
Ending up with a great harvest with very little effort is my kind of gardening!
Would love to hear if anyone else is growing their own salad mixes.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Red Lion Amaryllis Budding Now

To be honest, I forgot about this little fellow. It's a Red Lion Amaryllis.
It has a really pretty deep red velvety colour flower with a nice sheen on the petals.
It has been, without me meaning to, been tucked away in the dining room, behind some other larger plants. Oops!

Was happy to see a bud starting to sprout from it, even after my neglect of it for a couple months. I guess that's what it needed!
That little clay worm on the pot is my favourite little kitschy decoration.
I love the stunned look it has. : )
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Seedy Sunday . Toronto . Get the Jump on Spring!

Seedy Sunday - Toronto - Sunday February 13, 2011 12pm-6pm
Click the picture above for more info!
Wall Flower Studio's Seed Stand
Entrance to Seedy Sunday is By Donation - Pay What You Can!
"Seedy Saturday and Sundays are the days when the new gardening season begins in earnest. You can have an opportunity to learn more about gardening, hone and share your gardening skills, and buy or exchange vegetable and flower seeds."

Basil Seeds - Tender Annual - I like to grow them indoors all year long!
Dragon Tounge Bush Beans (Heirloom) - Prolific & Rust Resistant, too!
Almost finished packing all the seeds! It doesn't seem like work. : )

Chuck a Seed Ball. In your yard, or somewhere else!
Wall Flower Studio is pleased to participate in our 3rd Seedy Sunday in Toronto!
Come on down. Visit and purchase from the people who are growing & providing seeds for the food you might eventually be putting on your family's plate!
These are seeds that you know are open-pollinated, untreated and Non-GMO.
Happy Gardening!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Feed the Soil - Not the Plants. Gardens Thrive with Compost!

Food Scraps for the composter

Some Composting Tips:
To get started, make a layer of leaves or other brown vegetation.
Then add a layer of green plant material.
Add kitchen waste as it accumulates.
Dig this into the pile or cover with a thin layer of soil.
Continue adding material, alternating layers of brown material, green yard waste and kitchen waste.
Brown yard waste is generally high in carbon.
Kitchen scraps and fresh yard waste are high in nitrogen.
Both carbon and nitrogen are needed to build a balanced compost pile.
Fine materials such as grass clippings should be added in thin layers so that they do not compact.Keep the material as moist as a wrung-out sponge.
Covering the pile with wet newspapers may help to retain moisture.
Water the pile occasionally if it becomes too dry.
Turn the pile every few weeks or whenever it becomes compacted, too wet, to prevent any odour.
A garden fork, rake or pitchfork can be used to turn the pile properly and keep it aerated. Mix the material from the edges of the pile into the middle for more even decomposition.
How to make yourself a 3 Bin Composter - -(U of Kentucky, College of Ag.)
If we all composted, even just our kitchen scraps,
just think of how much garbage we could keep out of landfill.
Plus, your garden will thrive on the organic nutrients you provide.
I never use ferillizers in my garden.
Chemicals cannot replace or even compare to what Nature has already perfected.
Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Sowing Seeds today ... Heirloom Tomatoes etc.

Many of you are doing this too, I'm sure!
Just couldn't help but be inspired by all the great seed and gardening talk the other night at #SuperSowSunday on Twitter. I had to get started!
Loving the fact that while I'm sowing seeds, the sun is shining, and of course the music is on, too!
Makes it seem like Spring is actually on it's way.
Some of the tomatoes varieties I've grown before, and some are new to me.
If you've grown any of them I'd love to hear about your success /failiures.
Just enjoy sharing the info.
Polish Linguida (Amazing paste tomato)
Black Prince (From Siberia)
Mennonite (German, and tomato is a yellow colour)
Mountain Princess (From the mountain region of the West Virginia)
Black Krim
Principe Borghere
Earl Of Edgecombe (from New Zealand)
Also sowing:
Cocozelle Zucchini (19th century Italian variety)
Globe Green Artichokes
Pepper (Purple Beauty)
Green Curly Endive
Eggplant (Diamond)
Red Seeded Citron Melon (Citrullus lanatus)
Just "sow" glad it's that time of year again...
Happy planting!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

A Closer Look at Seeds @ Wall Flower Studio

Gaillardia aristata "Goblin" Seeds
Dragon Tongue Bush Beans
Red Seeded Citron Melon seeds
Borage Seeds
Arikara Sunflower Seeds
Beet Seeds
Sharing a selection of heirloom seeds that I was packaging up today.
All the different shapes, sizes and colours.
I just can't help but think how beautiful seeds are.
Especially if they haven't been tampered with.
All of these seeds are available
Heirloom & Natives seeds.
All open-pollinated and organically grown.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Feeding our Feathered Friends . Suet is for the Birds

Homemade Suet Balls
Feeding our feathered friends in Winter can be fun, easy, and economical.
-1 pound lard or fat

- 3/4 cup peanut butter

-1/2 cup flour

- 1/2 cup cornmeal

- 1 cup sugar

- approximately half a loaf of bread crumbs

- 1-1/2 cups of mixed seeds, nuts and chopped dried fruits


Directions:-Melt the lard and peanut butter over low heat.

Mix flour, cornmeal, and sugar and stir in.

-Add enough bread crumbs to absorb all liquid.

-Add fruit, seeds, and nuts as desired.

-Pour into a 9 x 5″ bread pan (lined with plastic wrap), or pour into suet cake molds.(molds can be saved from store-bought suet.)

-Allow to cool completely.

-Keep refrigerated or in a cool place like a basement.

One batch makes about four cakes.

If you're snowed in today, as many of us here in North America are, and you have nothing better to do, why not create a treat for the birds?! Kids love to help with this too!
Have fun!