Welcome 2020!

Happy New Year!

With the new year comes a change in direction for me. I am so excited to be working on this gardening site. It was a long time coming.

I have tossed the idea around for a few years now, but the stars finally lined up so I could set it in motion. It took a lot of bouncing ideas around inside my head and on paper, and it has now come to fruition.

I’m in this one for the long haul and have recruited a good friend of mine to help out with the articles. Jim spent many years as a journalist and editor, plus he is an avid gardener. He’s working on his first article for me as I write this. I have asked him to write a short bio which will be posted alongside mine within the next few days.

We are supposed to get some snow over the next few days which will add some extra insulation to the ground. Out here in the country the extra insulation isn’t a bad thing because septic systems tend to freeze when the frost runs too deep.

This was taken Christmas morning in our yard. The heavy frost is so pretty but it can wreak havoc on the trees.

The extra blanket of snow also means less chance of plants succumbing to the frigid temperatures we endure each winter. I’m an Albertan through and through, but the older I get the less I can tolerate the cold. Maybe I’m just getting soft in my old age.

I ordered some seeds so I can start sprouting again which is the easiest way to get started with gardening. Being able to enjoy the fruits (or sprouts) of your labour within days during the cold winter days not only adds some green to your day, but also some green to your wallet. The rising cost of produce deters people from eating as healthy as they should, so gardening in even the simplest form will help offset the grocery bill.

I’ll be documenting my gardening journey this year starting with my sprouts when my order arrives. Then I’ll share my seed-starting experience so I have my own bedding plants this year. It has been several years since I’ve grown my own bedding plants. I think it’ll be like doing it for the first time.

Watch for product reviews, recipes and general tips and tricks from my partner-in-crime and me. And feel free to ask questions about gardening. We’re here to help.

Are you an experienced gardener or a newbie? Let me know in the comment section.

Diane

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