Radical change & radical patience: lessons from my garden

Sometimes we have to spend time nurturing things even though we don’t know when and if they will flourish. This is true for gardens and it’s also true for social change and social movements. Maybe there are movements that, like my native wildflowers, seem to have died but will grow back stronger and more beautiful than ever. Maybe there are forms of social change that I will nurture for years like my Paw Paws, possibly never getting to eat the fruit myself but creating the conditions so that others can.

Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

Pollinators – the special group of animals that assist plants in reproduction by moving pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant, are … Continue reading Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions

I have a type-A personality, I am always busy working on and planning multiple projects and make endless to-do lists and elaborate plans. I try to channel this energy into … Continue reading New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions

Sleeping winged beauties: helping pollinators survive the winter

It is mid November in Southwestern Ontario and wild bees and butterflies have mostly gone into hibernation or some sort of winter rest. For those of us who love spending … Continue reading Sleeping winged beauties: helping pollinators survive the winter

Composting with worms: a beginner’s guide to vermicomposting

Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to compost kitchen scraps. The end product of the composting process is sometimes referred to as Black … Continue reading Composting with worms: a beginner’s guide to vermicomposting

Permaculture in the ‘burbs

I am not the type of person who lives in the suburbs. I love big cities: the vibrancy, the art, the festivals, the diversity, even the chaos of city centres. … Continue reading Permaculture in the ‘burbs