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On the evening of the Fall Equinox 2013 we joined local urban gardeners from Cedar Cottage Community Garden in a delightful meal in the middle of the lovely garden under the skytrain. It was a rainy night but the sun did show itself just long enough for me to get some beautiful photos of the kitchen tent and the tasty food that was being prepared on the grill that had been set up there.

Much of the vegetables, herbs and fruits used in the meal were harvested from the overflowing green plots around us. On the tables were asian pears from the food forest.

Chef Mike Preston of La Quercia created a raft of dishes, and we were particularly pleased as most of the meal was fine for us on our grain-free diet (GAPS/SCD).

The evening kicked off with delicious Sorrel Soup served in mason jars. As folks began to take their seats platters of Heirloom Tomato Salad with Bruschetta were laid out on the tables. The platters included carmelized onions and a light balsamic dressing. A chorus of moans of delight rose from everyone at the table as the tomatoes were sampled.

City Street Garden – Reclaimed with Seed Bombs

City Street Garden – Reclaimed with Seed Bombs

This is a project I have been working on for a couple years now. After few failed guerrilla garden attempts at various places around the city I found a good spot for a garden. The first year I put in a couple beds, the second year I put in three more and used them as experimental plots to test out a ...

Cedar Cottage Community Garden

Cedar Cottage Community Garden

Cedar Cottage Community Garden is a lovely community and still has garden plots available! I can't find their website at the moment but I will put a link in as soon as I figure it out. Check out this delightful article by Peter Finch one of the founders of the food forest in the garden in which he d ...

Balcony Garden 2011

Balcony Garden 2011

First stages of my balcony garden this year. The garden is doing amazingly well. I have to get more photos tomorrow. I have arugala, carrots, passionfruit, morning-glory, raspberry, lemon grass, goose-berries, strawberries (they didn't do so well this year though) and some random other things, some ...

Cornplant Blossom

Cornplant Blossom

We had a special treat this year when our cornflower (whom we call Tom) burst into blossom! The fragrance was so delicious. The beautiful tiny white blossoms would open in the evening releasing this lovely smell and would close again in the morning. ...

Pulse of Life

Pulse of Life

Man is adequately equipped for all his true needs if he trusts his senses and develops them in such a way that they remain worthy of that trust. -Goethe ...

Pests in the Balcony Garden 09

Pests in the Balcony Garden 09

Previous We had a serious attack of spider mites. They started in the catnip and yarrow and somehow got to the choko and beans. They took the choko down in no time, fortunately it is a hardy plant and it has now grown back to where it was when the spider mites devoured it. This was my first re ...

Guerrilla Garden Slideshow I

Guerrilla Garden Slideshow I

The revenge of the Bean Bandits and Pirate Tomatoes is upon us! I finally found a good spot on one of the Greenways of Vancouver BC. No one was using it, it got good sun and was just by a sky-train and rail-road tracks so it seemed a perfect spot. There is a lot more space available in this area, ...

Vancouver Community Gardens I

Vancouver Community Gardens I

Vancouver City Council passed a motion in 2006 to encourage 2,010 new gardens by 2010. Now there are more than 40 community or resident-shared gardens with more than 1,700 garden plots and more on the way. There is a great brochure that the City of Vancouver has put out with a good map that shows gr ...

Urban Flowers 02 – Vancouver BC

Urban Flowers 02 – Vancouver BC

The gardeners of Vancouver BC create stunning gardens full of color. Gardens in this city have become a synthesis of the many cultures that have come together and now live side by side, sharing seeds and garden tips. These are a selection of some of my favorite flowers. ...