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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: All about fall crops

Growing Food With Greg: All about fall crops

Fall crops are a great way to get a little more out of your garden each year. If you've never tried planting them before, it's time to get them in the ground! While there are many approaches to getting them started, I like doing it the easy way!
Growing Food With Greg: Why I cook my kale

Growing Food With Greg: Why I cook my kale

I've been eating kale since way before 'kale salad' was a thing — but I like my kale cooked with bacon, garlic and onions. In fact, even my kids, who are six and eight, will eat it this way, too.
Growing Food With Greg: Gardening the easy way

Growing Food With Greg: Gardening the easy way

Gardening should not be hard work. A few months ago, I came across a YouTube interview with a 92-year-old woman who maintains a 225-square-metre garden (like mine) all by herself. It inspired me to use her methods to plant three beds of potatoes in just a few quick, easy steps.
Growing Food With Greg: Growing tomatoes — direct seeding vs. transplants

Growing Food With Greg: Growing tomatoes — direct seeding vs. transplants

Tomatoes are the star of most people's vegetable gardens, including mine. This year, I decided to see what grew better — tomato transplants or plants that I seeded directly into the garden at the beginning of May.
Growing Food With Greg: Are garden ants a  problem?

Growing Food With Greg: Are garden ants a problem?

One thing I am often intrigued by when I stroll through garden centres is the many products for sale that are designed to kill garden ants. I find this strange because I have never found them to be a problem worth solving.
Growing Food With Greg: Making the most of your greens

Growing Food With Greg: Making the most of your greens

One thing that makes many greens such a joy to grow is the fact that some of them are "cut-and-come-again" vegetables. These are plants that can be harvested several times over the growing season.
Growing Food With Greg: Culling the kale killers

Growing Food With Greg: Culling the kale killers

Without snakes and other predators around, sometimes squishing and beer traps aren't enough to keep garden-munching pests in check. When it's time to kick this turf battle up a notch, here are some environmentally friendly weapons that have worked for me.
Growing Food With Greg: Borders, boxes and beds, oh my!

Growing Food With Greg: Borders, boxes and beds, oh my!

There is something about a well-defined gardening space that just feels right. In addition, certain choices in materials can even benefit the plants.
Growing Food With Greg: Mulching — the path to success!

Growing Food With Greg: Mulching — the path to success!

I have been gardening in different capacities since I was a boy, but it was only in recent years that I learned about employing mulches in a vegetable garden. If you want a great vegetable garden with less weeding, less watering, and no tilling, it's time to start mulching.
Growing Food With Greg: A time to plant!

Growing Food With Greg: A time to plant!

The wild strawberries are flowering in my yard, and to me that means it is time to plant everything that's going in this year.