Category Archives: Gardening

Spot for you to do some reading on gardening and staying healthy. Also a great place to put your feet up and relax for a bit.

Niagara Peaches

While in Niagara, we picked up some Sun Haven peaches from a farmer friend of ours. Close to our old farm. We used to grow a lot of them, along with some Red Haven’s. When doing up, they fall right off the pit. Which makes things a lot easier. Took a picture of a couple trays of them. I had them take them out of the bushel and put them in these trays. Saved them getting all bruised up on the trip back home. We bought a bushel and my lovely wife is in the process of getting them ready for the freezer today. They sure will be tasty come winter.

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Old Driveway New Driveway

Well, my lovely wife and I have had a couple busy days attending to customers that visited our gift shop. We also decided to see if I could fix up our driveway, so it looks better. I was going to buy a truck load of new stone but got to thinking. Why do that when I know there are tons of old stone hidden away under the grass? So using a bit of ingenuity, I came up with a plan. What I did was, I took an old mower deck I had, put a couple cement blocks on top of it and then hooked it up to my 4 Wheeler and drug it up and down the driveway, which in turn loosened up the old stone. End results it now looks as if I put in a new driveway and the best part is it didn’t cost me a cent. The top picture is the old driveway, of course ha ha.

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It’s That Time of Year … Garlic Scapes

Don’t throw them garlic scapes away. My wife takes them in the house, cuts them into small pieces and puts them onto trays in our dehydrator. Once dry, she grinds them up and puts it in small glass jars and stores them in a cool, dry dark place. Come winter she adds a dash here and a dash there in her soups, stews, spaghetti sauce or what ever. It makes things taste just that much better along with having tons of health benefits. This Dehydrator works quite well.

What more can you ask for?

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Supper Last Night

My lovely wife prepared a delightful supper last night, which you can see in the picture below. It was not only delicious but also a healthy meal choice. The plate consists of sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, and a mouthwatering homemade meatloaf. To add some extra flavor, there are a few pieces of aged three-year-old cheese. And, of course, there’s a dollop of ketchup, as I simply can’t enjoy supper without it. Although during tomato season, I would forgo the ketchup. It won’t be long before we can savor the homegrown tomatoes once again.

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Our Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetables may seem difficult to some, but it’s actually quite simple. If you have a little bit of space, which doesn’t require much, you can grow the same vegetables that I am growing in the pictures below. And the best part is, you’ll save money because you won’t have to buy them from the grocery store every week, where you don’t know where they were grown or what chemicals were used on them.

Another great benefit of working in your own garden is that it keeps your body active, strong, and healthy. Instead of spending money on drugs or visiting the doctor every month, you can find the solution right outside your back door.

Food for thought.

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Garlic Scapes

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For those that haven’t removed their Scapes from the garlic, this is the time to do it. But don’t throw them away, cut them off, bring them into the house, chop them into small pieces and put them in a dehydrator, if you have one. Then once dry take out your coffee grinder and grind them up into a powder and come winter you will have an abundant supply of garlic powder for your soups and stews. There isn’t anything more tasty than them, and not to forget how healthy they are for you. But wait, there’s more! These Scapes aren’t just ridiculously delicious; they’re also great in an Avocado Dip, or you can add them to your Spaghetti dinner with a touch of Olive Oil. Makes me hungry just thinking about them.

Here’s a recipe for an old-time avocado dip with Garlic Scapes:


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1-2 garlic scapes
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Begin by preparing the garlic scapes. Trim off any tough ends and chop them finely.
  2. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh into a bowl.
  3. Mash the avocados with a fork or a potato masher until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the chopped garlic scapes, onion, tomato, lime juice, cumin powder, salt, and pepper to the mashed avocados. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning as per your preference. You can add more lime juice, salt, or pepper if desired.
  6. If you like a spicier dip, you can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or some finely chopped jalapeños.
  7. Once the flavors are well combined, transfer the dip to a serving bowl.
  8. If desired, garnish with chopped cilantro for added freshness and presentation.
  9. Serve the avocado dip with tortilla chips, crackers, or vegetable sticks for dipping.

Bon appétit, my garlic-loving friends!

What We Should All Be Thinking of Doing These Days

Some have asked. George, why not rustle up some good ol’ farmer advice with a pinch of humor for y’all!

Alright then, so listen up, Canada! It’s high time we put on our gardening gloves, grabbed a shovel, and started growing our own veggies and fruits. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell ya!

First off, let’s talk self-reliance, folks. We Canadians are known for our maple syrup, hockey skills, and, of course, being polite. But it seems lately that we have become too dependent on other countries for our grub? What we need to do is take matters into our own hands and grow our own darn food!

Now, imagine this: you step outside your door, pluck a juicy tomato straight off the vine, take a bite, and savor the explosion of flavor. There is no way that store-bought tomatoes can compete with that freshness! You’ll be saying, “Move over, ketchup, I’ve got my own homegrown goodness!” Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

But hey, it’s not just about taste. It’s about knowing what goes into your food. When you grow your own produce, you’re the boss of your garden kingdom. You decide whether to go all organic or add a little somethin’ to keep the critters away. No more mystery chemicals or pesticides. You’ll be the captain of your own pesticide-free ship!

And let’s not forget the savings. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but fruits sure do! By growing your own veggies and fruits, you’re saving those hard-earned loonies and toonies. Sure, there might be some initial costs for seeds and tools, but think about the long-term savings. Your wallet will be thicker than a lumberjack’s beard! Actually, there are a lot of folks growing beards these days, and I am not sure why. Ha ha

But here’s the kicker: we’re not just talking about being self-reliant here, we’re talking about a full-blown gardening adventure! Picture yourself with your overalls, straw hat, and an abundance of veggies. You’ll be part farmer, part superhero, providing for yourself and your loved ones. It’s like having your own personal farmers’ market right in your backyard!

So, folks, let’s roll up our sleeves, grab a shovel, and get down and dirty. Let’s grow our own fruits and vegetables and show those other countries what we’re made of! Remember, with a little humor, a lot of love, and some good ol’ Canadian spirit, we’ll be harvesting the sweetest, juiciest produce this side of the North Pole. Happy gardening, eh?

What’s Happening In Cottage Country On July 3/2023

Good Morning!

It looks like another beautiful day shaping up for us here in Cottage Country. Other than the heat, that is. But in saying that where we live, there are a lot of trees, which in turn means … there is a lot of shade. At the moment the sun is shinning, and I suspect it will continue on that way all day. It will also get even warmer for the next few days.

Highway 522 is getting busier and busier every day, as is our gift shop. Yesterday was a very busy day with folks dropping by one after another. It is nice to see folks out and about.

Bug Report: Other than a few of them pesky deer and horse flies along with a few lingering mosquitoes, things are pretty good these days. I am not complaining, by no means.

Yesterday with dealing with the customers we didn’t have much time to do much outside work, but that is okay as I didn’t feel like doing much outside work. Ha ha.

On another note, our vegetable gardens are growing leaps and bounds now. We are eating fresh garlic and lettuce from it every day. And it won’t be long before our cucumbers are ready. It sure is nice to be able to walk out to the garden and bring some in for the table when ever we want it. All organic and fresh.

Also for those that does have a garden it is time to hill up the tomatoes, peppers, garlic and potatoes. I will get at mine tomorrow or the next day. In doing so, it loosens up the soil around the base of the plants and protects them from the hot, dry weather that we will be having for the next two months. So … sharpen up your hoe and get to work. Early morning is the best time to do it.

With that, I am off for a piece of toast that my lovely wife is making for me for a change, and will then see what the day has in store. I never know.

Have a good day!.

Soil PH in Your Vegetable Garden

Have you ever wondered why some plants thrive in certain soils, while others struggle or fail to grow altogether? Well, in my earlier days I sure did. But thanks to my old Dad, I found that the answer often lies in the soil’s pH level. What I discovered was that soil pH plays a critical role in influencing the nutrients that are available to plants and their ability to absorb them. If you’re not too familiar with the pH scale, let me break it down for ya. It’s a tool we use to measure how acidic or alkaline a substance/soil is, and it goes from 0 to 14. When we talk about a pH of 7, that’s right smack in the middle, and we call it neutral. Anything below 7 is considered acidic, while anything above 7 is alkaline. Now, here’s where it gets important for us farmers/gardeners. Different crops need different pH levels to thrive, and we need to be mindful of that to give ’em the best shot at success. I found that some plants like it more acidic, while others prefer it to be more alkaline. The bottom line is; if we don’t pay attention to the pH requirements of our crops, they may not grow as strong and healthy as they could. So … it’s something we have to keep in mind when we’re tending our soil. For instance, asparagus plants prefer a slightly alkaline soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 8.0, while potatoes prefer a slightly acidic soil with a pH level between 4.8 and 6.5. Peppers, on the other hand, prefer a slightly acidic soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 7.0, while broccoli thrives in a slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. The thing is, it’s important to make sure your plants have the right pH balance to keep them healthy and growing well. Then it comes to acidic soil, certain nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus become less available, which causes limited growth and nutritional deficiencies. Whereas in alkaline soil, minerals like iron, zinc, and manganese become less available, leading to yellowing leaves and other symptoms of nutrient deficiencies. So … how can you determine your soil’s pH level?  Well, the easiest way is to use a soil test kit, which can be purchased at most garden centres or online. They give you an easy way to measure your soil’s pH level, so you can change it as needed to meet the needs of your plants. It should also be noted that the pH of your soil can be raised by adding lime if it has a high amount of acidity. And on the other side of the coin, adding sulphur can assist lowering the pH level if your soil has a high alkaline content. Furthermore, adding organic matter, such as compost, can also help to stabilize the pH of the soil, creating a more suitable environment for a wider range of plants. Finally, my old Dad used to say: “happy soil, happy crops, happy farmer!” And that’s no lie, as it’s a well-known fact among us farmers/gardeners, that soil pH can make or break a harvest.

“So, remember folks, if you want your plants to thrive, you gotta’ test that pH and get it just right. And if you’re feeling a little lost, just remember this age-old gardening wisdom: when in doubt, just give your soil a good talking to. It might not change the pH, but your plants will definitely appreciate the extra attention!”

In Closing I Would Like To Wish You Well.

You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

Farming Here In Canada

Nurturing Our Soil, Nurturing Our Nation: Why Supporting Our Own Farmers is Crucial for Canada’s Self-Sufficiency

Introduction: In a rapidly changing world, where global supply chains dominate our supermarket shelves, it is becoming increasingly important to reflect on the importance of supporting our local farmers. Ontario, blessed with fertile soil and dedicated agricultural communities, has long been the breadbasket of Canada. However, the current trend of selling off prime farmland and relying on imported produce poses a threat to our nation’s self-sufficiency. In this blog post, let us explore the reasons why it is essential for us to support our own farmers, buy Canadian produce when it is in season, and cultivate a sense of compassion towards those who work tirelessly to feed our nation.

  1. Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage: Farming is more than just a profession; it is a way of life. The Ontario farmer carries the rich legacy of nurturing the land, passing down agricultural wisdom from one generation to the next. By supporting our farmers, we not only ensure the preservation of this heritage, but also sustain the unique cultural identity that comes with it. The sale of prime farmland robs future generations of the opportunity to carry on this cherished tradition and connect with our agricultural roots.
  2. Strengthening Food Security: In an increasingly interconnected world, food security is a pressing concern. By supporting our own farmers, we take a proactive step towards securing a stable food supply chain within Canada. Buying locally-produced food reduces our reliance on imported goods and mitigates the risks associated with global disruptions, such as climate change, political conflicts, and trade restrictions. When we prioritize Canadian produce, especially when it is in season, we foster resilience in our food system and ensure that our nation’s citizens have access to healthy, fresh, and nutritious food.
  3. Environmental Stewardship: Canadian farmers are known for their commitment to sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship. By purchasing Canadian produce, we support farmers who implement responsible land management techniques, prioritize biodiversity, and conserve our natural resources. Moreover, buying locally means reducing the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation, thereby contributing to mitigating climate change. Supporting our farmers not only promotes sustainable agriculture, but also helps protect our environment for future generations.
  4. Boosting the Local Economy: When we buy Canadian produce, we directly contribute to the growth and prosperity of our local communities. Supporting our farmers means supporting their families, their employees, and the small businesses that rely on agriculture. By keeping our dollars within our own economy, we strengthen the local agricultural infrastructure, create jobs, and foster economic stability. A vibrant farming sector translates into a thriving rural economy, ensuring a higher quality of life for all Canadians.
  5. Connecting with Nature and the Seasons: Choosing to buy Canadian produce in season allows us to reconnect with the rhythm of nature and appreciate the unique flavours and diversity of our land. It reminds us of the joy of anticipation as we eagerly await the arrival of strawberries in the spring or the crisp apples of autumn. By embracing local seasonal produce, we not only support our farmers, but also savour the freshness and quality of food that is harvested at its peak flavour.

Conclusion: Supporting our own farmers and prioritizing Canadian produce is not merely a matter of economics or national pride; it is an act of compassion towards those who toil under the sun to provide us with sustenance. By doing so, we preserve our agricultural heritage, strengthen our food security, promote sustainable practices, boost our local economy, and foster a deeper connection with nature. Let us embrace the opportunity to become more self-sufficient and ensure a bountiful future for all Canadians. Together, we can nurture our soil and nurture our nation.