The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.  — Alfred Austin, English poet


My garden nurtures my soul and fills our table.

Life in the garden sounds idyllic, but here in our zone 3, northern Alberta climate, it has its challenges. We experience long harsh winters and short glorious summers. Our long daylight hours in summer provide enough growing time to produce abundant crops, although we are restricted in which plant varieties thrive here.

Our short growing season makes me start dreaming garden thoughts in late winter and yearn to get my fingers into the soil. During our beautiful summers, that’s where you’ll find me; happily digging and seeding, pruning, mulching, and snipping, munching, puttering, and picking, and just plain dreaming.

Join me on a stroll through my garden:

A Look at my Northern Canadian Garden

You Gotta Plant Some Lovage

A Peek at the Late-Summer Garden

The Bumper Sour Cherry Crop

Harvesting the Parsnips

Our Asparagus Patch

Grow Parsley for Chimichurri Sauce

My Mother-in-Law’s Garden

Kale for Salads

 A Few Summer Garden Photos

Northern Gardening in the Spring (and the Trouble with Porcupines)

Chive Blossoms and a Peek at our Early Summer Garden