Posts filed under ‘Gardens’

When to Start Seeds Calculator help remembering when it’s safe and smart to start your first spring sowings of vegetable, flower and herb seeds indoors and out? THIS TOOL helps calculate when. Begin by entering your final spring frost date on the top right of the chart.

Eastern Ontario Hardiness Zone Map

For most of the area in and around Ottawa, the stated frost free date is between May 2 and May 31.   In recent years the frost free date has been advancing towards the first of May from the traditional May 24th date used in the past. Check to see when the last frost date is for your zone.  Presently, the last average frost date for Ottawa is May 11th.  This can vary greatly.  If you are a conservative gardener and not a gambler move this date ahead to at least May 20.



February 21, 2018 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners

Glean creative ideas for real-world seed-starting setups, from soil blockers to mini-greenhouses, so you can grow your own vegetable seedlings at home this spring.

Read Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners edited by Shelley Stonebrook at Mother Earth News.

January 22, 2018 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Looking for Seeds?

Looking for seeds?

Find vegetable and fruit seeds sold by Canadian seed companies.

This is a list of vegetable and fruit seeds that were sold in recent years by Canadian seed companies.

Click on a section in the list below to see the varieties available, and the companies that sold them. Visit these companies, buy their seeds, and enjoy a beautiful, diverse garden next summer:

The Canadian Seed Catalogue Index

And a searchable database of ecological vegetable and grain seed sold in Canada:

Best Seeds for Your Region


January 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm 1 comment

Our Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2017

These are among the pieces that appealed the most to Transition Cornwall+ readers in 2017. Maybe you missed a few, or worth another read as we head into a new year?

#10: The Monster Footprint of Digital Technology The power consumption of our high-tech machines and devices is hugely underestimated.

#9: Truly Sustainable Economic Development For those of us thinking about ways to foster local, sustainable, green businesses, here are some wise words.

#8: What Kind of Housing Do Aging Boomers Need?…the obsession with wide doors with lever handles and corridors connecting the garage to the house is misplaced.

#7: Karim Sulayma – I Trust You “For me, one of the key things that needs to underpin our work and our movements over the next 4 years is empathy”

#6: Now is the Time to Think About Your Fall Garden Cool autumn weather favors a long list of leafy greens and root crops, from spinach and kale to radishes and rutabagas.

#5: Combating Textile Waste One of the biggest misconceptions that consumers have is that we should only donate clothes that are gently used.

#4: Beyond the Blue Box The government’s new Waste-Free Ontario Act and Strategy for a Waste- Free Ontario set an ambitious goal of a circular economy that sends zero waste to landfill.

#3: How to Encourage Entrepreneurship in Your Townnine different ideas for promoting entrepreneurship, within both government and the private sector.

#2: The New Consumerism: Redefining Ownership, Values and Priorities  As consumers reassess their priorities and increasingly ask themselves what they truly value, a host of major consumer trends have emerged…

#1: TLTI Thinking Tiny (Homes)  When it comes to new housing, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is thinking small. Tiny, in fact.

December 27, 2017 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden

A very simple idea put me on the path toward growing a year-round indoor salad garden: I wanted fresh salad greens throughout winter. This desire occurred to me one fall afternoon as I was putting my garden to bed and planting my garlic for the following year.

With a pantry, cold cellar, and freezer full of the season’s harvest, the one thing that was missing in my larder was fresh salad greens, there is simply no way to store them. So I experimented with different techniques, and what I discovered exceeded my expectations and eventually became my book Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening. I can now grow all the salad greens I need for my family of four with a kitchen cupboard and a windowsill, I don’t need lights, special equipment, or a greenhouse.

Read Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden by Peter Burke at Mother Earth News.

December 4, 2017 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Homeacres no dig garden fifth summer: veg, fruit, flowers, intense cropping and easy weeding.

Join me on a tour of my garden, just a few years since I started with a weedy field, see this video from 2013…. No dig means surface feeding of soil organisms, which then aerate soil and make food available to plants: see how this results in my abundance of veg, fruit and flowers, and few weeds.

September 4, 2017 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

How to Start a Crop Swap

Backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders are coming together to share excess produce in increasingly popular local meet-ups known as crop swaps, where neighbors exchange, say, beets and greens for apples and squash. Some crop swaps include trades for honey, eggs, flowers, and preserved or prepared foods, too.

Read How to Start a Crop Swap by Sarah Henry in Shareables.

August 16, 2017 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

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