Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet

Last year, we had our 20' x 40' swimming pool filled in. All of my gardens disappeared too! It was pretty depressing last summer, looking out on a sea of green grass, because that is all there is now. I do not have enough money to hire a landscaper. Therefore, this task will fall to me.

Don't get me wrong. I love gardening. But I'm not sure that I'm physically able to haul all the dirt needed to put in the garden of my dreams.

Nonetheless, last fall, I started with a vegetable garden. It is not the biggest garden at about 8' x 8'. But it's a start! Now I am thinking about what to plant. Looking around the internet, I came across this handy 'cheat sheet' b . It helps you to figure out what vegetables to plant and when to plant. You can even create one for your climate zone, which is what I've done.

I'm impressed with the companion planting guide and "Did You Know".

Since I've been garden starved for a while, I can hardly wait to start my new vegetable garden!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Ontario 1st North American Jursdiction To Reduce Acres Planted with Neonicontinoid Pesticides

It's been a while since I posted. But I'm back!

Photo by Steve A. Johnson under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.
So, in July 2015, my home province of Ontario voted to reduce acres planted with Neonictids, which I wrote about in my previous post. Do you think my blog post was so well shared and respected that it had an influence? Probably not! But hey, every bit counts.

The ruling apparently covers coated corn and soybean seeds. The goal is to reduce usage by 80% by 2017. And after 2017, farmers that wish to use Neonicontinoid Pesticides, must prove that they have a pest problem.

We've joined the European Union and other countries in this effort to save our bees and ultimately ourselves. Makes me feel proud.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Save the Bees! Ban Neonics Pesticide.

Some time ago, I wrote a post about the decline of the bee population. At that time, it was not known for sure what was causing the death of the bees, but pesticides were believed to be the culpit.

Now, an international team of scientists have firmly pointed the finger at Neonics. This pesticide is used extensively on genetically engineered crops. And it is not just affecting the bees. It also poses a significant risk to earthworms and birds and it is harming the planet's ecosystem.

To learn more you can watch this news report:

Or read this article.
Researchers sound alarm over neonics, urge global phase out

If you live in Canada and want have your voice heard, you can call, write or email Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, to ban neonicotinoids in Canada.
Phone:(613) 996-9778
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health
Rm 163 East block
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6


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