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Broccolini

Broccolini

By: Meriel Bradley Broccolini is a great addition to your vegetable garden. It will produce a small main head which when harvested early pushes the plant into producing side shoots which you can harvest on a regular basis over several weeks. I like the Artwork variety...

Dukat Dill

Dukat Dill

By: Meriel Bradley I like to direct sow my dill in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked in late spring and the soil is above 10 C. It's considered an annual that self-seeds. If you're planting for harvesting, you can sow every 3 weeks or so to stager your...

Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Pea

Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Pea

By: Meriel Bradley This is a very pretty sugar snap pea bred by Dr. Alan Kapular. The vines grow to about 8 feet and produce light green pods with a purple stripe down the side. The flowers are a lovely two-tone purple making it a perfect plant for ornamental kitchen...

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

By: Meriel Bradley Growing up our garden was full of butterflies and bees and I am working to build out my garden from a new home build of nothing but a grassy lawn into a haven for local butterflies, bees, and birds. The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking...

Mandevilla Vine

Mandevilla Vine

Zone 9 - 10Height: up to 20 feetLight: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley The Mandevilla vine is a beautiful addition to your garden and can be easily grown in pots or planted in the ground to scramble up a trellis. These vines thrive in warm weather and are covered in blooms...

Growing Sunflowers

Growing Sunflowers

Planting: outside after last frostDays to harvest: 40 - 45Light: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley There is something truly magical about growing sunflowers and many reasons to grow them - here are some of my favourites: They are very easy to grow There are many varieties...

Growing Tomato Plants

Growing Tomato Plants

Plant inside before last frost: 6 - 8 weeks Days to harvest: 60 - 80Light: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley Planting tomatoes from seed is quite easy but requires a little planning to get the best results. Here are 5 quick tips to get you started: Start your seeds inside...

Little Henry Sweetspire

Little Henry Sweetspire

Zone 5 - 9Height: 24 - 36 inchesLight: full sun to part shadeBy: Meriel Bradley Little Henry Sweetspire has so much going for it. It's loaded with lightly scented flowers in early summer that the bees just love and it also has fantastic fiery fall colour, giving you...

Scotch Moss

Scotch Moss

Zone 3 - 8Height: 1 inchLight: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley Scotch Moss is a ground-hugging perennial that only grows about an inch tall and about 12 inches wide. It will grow in a circular mossy mound and has a wonderful bright lime green colour with a soft fluffy...

Planting Indoor Bulbs

Planting Indoor Bulbs

By: Meriel Bradley In winter, there is nothing more enchanting than a display of spring bulbs to brighten up your home. One drawback when you force bulbs inside is that they can become long and floppy. This means you have to support them somehow, which can be a bit of...

Dukat Dill

By: Meriel Bradley I like to direct sow my dill in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked in late spring and the soil is above 10 C. It's considered an annual that self-seeds. If you're planting for harvesting, you can sow every 3 weeks or so to stager your...

Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Pea

By: Meriel Bradley This is a very pretty sugar snap pea bred by Dr. Alan Kapular. The vines grow to about 8 feet and produce light green pods with a purple stripe down the side. The flowers are a lovely two-tone purple making it a perfect plant for ornamental kitchen...

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

By: Meriel Bradley Growing up our garden was full of butterflies and bees and I am working to build out my garden from a new home build of nothing but a grassy lawn into a haven for local butterflies, bees, and birds. The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking...

Potted Herbs for your Kitchen

By: Meriel Bradley This is a great project if you love cooking with fresh herbs through those cold winter months. You can plan to plant herbs in the garden during the summer to bring in during the cold months, or if you don't have any in the garden, look in your local...

Mandevilla Vine

Zone 9 - 10Height: up to 20 feetLight: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley The Mandevilla vine is a beautiful addition to your garden and can be easily grown in pots or planted in the ground to scramble up a trellis. These vines thrive in warm weather and are covered in blooms...

Growing Sunflowers

Planting: outside after last frostDays to harvest: 40 - 45Light: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley There is something truly magical about growing sunflowers and many reasons to grow them - here are some of my favourites: They are very easy to grow There are many varieties...

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Hi, I’m Meriel

Welcome to my creative space. I’m very happy to have you here!

This space is for all the foodies out there - all of you who love to browse cookbooks and recipe sites for inspiration, try new foods and learn new things about food and cooking.

And equally, this space is for all the garden lovers – all the folks who love to get their hands dirty in the garden and watch their plants grow and thrive.

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Meriel x

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