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Growing Food With Greg

Greg Auton is co-host of the Maritime Gardening Podcast, a new podcast for food gardeners in the Maritimes and across Canada.  He also teaches at Saint Mary's University, is a research consultant, and runs a small business that designs food gardens for homeowners.

Growing Food with Greg: What to do in late April

Growing Food with Greg: What to do in late April

I am always mystified when I talk to people and tell them that I'm planting vegetables in my garden in April, only to hear them respond, "Really, I thought that you couldn't plant until late May!" I have no idea why people think this, but it's totally wrong, even in this crazy Maritime climate where I still have areas of my garden that are frozen as I write this column on April 20. Let me be perfectly clear — if your soil is workable, there are things that you can plant.
Growing Food with Greg: Getting Started, Part 3 - Gearing Up with the Right Tools

Growing Food with Greg: Getting Started, Part 3 - Gearing Up with the Right Tools

Garden tools allow you to do four basic tasks: dig soil, move soil, spread soil, and cut things. Your set of tools should allow you to do all of these things, but depending on the size and scale of your garden, you don't need to break the bank to get started, and you may not need all of them.
Growing Food with Greg: Getting Started, Part 2 - Developing Healthy Soil

Growing Food with Greg: Getting Started, Part 2 - Developing Healthy Soil

This article is the second in my "getting started" series, where the intent is to provide a crash course in how to design a very simple gardening space that employs some basic permaculture principles. Last week, I wrote about finding the right spot and today the discussion will be all about the relationship between mulches and soil health.
Growing Food with Greg: Getting Started, Part 1 - Finding the Right Spot

Growing Food with Greg: Getting Started, Part 1 - Finding the Right Spot

Have you always wanted a garden but seem to watch each year roll by only to realize at some point that it's too late? The prospect of getting started can be overwhelming and, if you aren't sure where or how to begin, this three-part series will set you on the right path.
Growing Food with Greg: Rediscovering gardening

Growing Food with Greg: Rediscovering gardening

Want to get back into gardening or learn how to grow your own food for the first time? Permaculture techniques will help you develop a highly productive vegetable patch that's totally organic and easy to maintain.