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Grow Your Own Food: Know Your Canadian Gardening Zone

Grow Your Own Food: Know Your Canadian Gardening Zone

Grow Your Own Food  is an information series on gardening in Canada that will get you started on the right foot and help you every step of the way to having the garden you dream of! This series was originally written for and published on the Food Bloggers of Canada.

Grow Your Own Food Know Your Canadian Gardening Zone on Nutmeg Disrupted

Whether it’s a backyard garden, community garden plot or a balcony container garden you’ve decided, 2018 is the year you want to have a garden.  The idea of growing our own food is something most people envision and it is easier then you think. With a bit of information you will have a basis to start planning for Spring.

Canadian Hardiness Zones

The first thing you need to know to grow a successful garden is what hardiness zone you live in. Hardiness zones are based on temperature and climate and are numbered from 0 – 9, zero being the coldest and 9 the hottest. You will also see the designation of a or b.

The purpose of hardiness zones identifies how well plants will withstand the cold in these areas as well as the hardiness and heat tolerance for growing.  Knowing your zone gives you helpful information about what you can and can not grow for a successful harvest. It will save you time and money and is an important number that you need to know.

The hardiness map for Canada will show you exactly the zone you are in and that number will give you valuable information about gardening in your area such as:

  • what plants such as perennials, trees and shrubs are hearty in your area
  • what types of seeds you should buy
  • when to start your seeds
  • how long your growing season is

 

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It is important to know this number when you start planning your  yard and garden.  Fruit trees, shrubs like blueberries and perennials  can be expensive so you want to be sure to purchase plants that will survive winter in your area.

It is also important because our goal is to pick plants that will also thrive and be able to survive not only the cold but the heat. It disappointing to have a plant freeze but heatwaves can kill plants as well. The next time you are at the garden center take a look at the tag on a tree, shrub or perennial. You will find information about that specific plant, its sun and water needs and its hardiness zone number.

Now you have looked at the hardiness zone map and you have found that you live in a zone 4b. Great, but what does that mean? That means that you should be looking for plants that grow in zone 4b or lower. A tree, shrub or perennial that is marked anything over a 4b will die over the winter from freezing temperatures. The higher the hardiness zone number the less cold tolerant it is.

The Master Plan

This is a good time to create a Master Plan for your yard, garden and flower beds. I like to use a binder and loose leaf paper for my garden plans. It is handy for taking notes and making drawings of the yard and the garden. And it will become a great resource for you to look back at year after year to see not only the evolution of your garden but to look at the notes to see what did or did not work.

A garden binder or master garden plan is especially handy if you have long term plans for the space. Perhaps you are starting from scratch and are looking at tree placement or adding structural elements, a Master Plan makes the vision manageable and helps you identify what projects you want to tackle in the first year.

While it is too early in the season to purchase plants you can now sit down and start planning for the season. If there are trees, shrubs or perennials you have seen and thought that would be great for your space you now have the tools to do a bit of research to see if they are viable options for your zone!

And if you have no idea what you want, pick up a garden magazine. They do not always offer a lot in the way of information but they showcase gorgeous gardens and are a great resource for ideas and inspiration. It is a great way to beat the winter blues and get you excited about the gardening season!

 

 

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Nourish – Quinoa Crunch Cereal

Nourish – Quinoa Crunch Cereal

Welcome to the Nourish cookbook review, blog hop and giveaway! Join myself and 18 Canadian bloggers as we share some spectacular recipes and a chance to win your own copy of Nourish.

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I was beyond thrilled to get my hands on a copy of Nourish. When I heard about the premise behind the recipes for Nourish I was excited. If you have ever wanted to get more seeds, nuts and beans into your cooking this is the book for you! I cook with all 3 and to have a book dedicated to whole food recipes incorporating them, that is a cookbook I know I am going to use and enjoy.

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Enjoy some Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, Curried Tomato & Lentil Dal Dip, a Frozen Fruit Smoothie and some Spicy & Sweet Toasted Seeds! (pictured above)

This fantastic book is a collaboration from Nettie Cronish, chef, instructor and cookbook author  & Cara Rosenbloom, Registered Dietitian. And what a spectacular collaboration it is!

Nourish is packed full of information about seeds, nuts and beans. From preparation methods to cooking times, descriptions of seeds, nuts and beans and the health benefits they all bring to the table. As well and a handy shopping list and how to shop for a healthy kitchen and pantry. I found it very informative and took a lot away from the suggestions.

Nourish is a combination of regular, vegetarian and vegan recipes, which I love. We are meat eaters in my home but enjoy vegetarian and vegan dishes often. If you have never tried vegan dishes before I encourage you to try a few. In my experience they are some of the most flavourful dishes I have eaten. It is easy to eat healthy when you have amazing recipes.

Quinoa Crunch Cereal from Nourish on Nutmeg Disrutped

Always looking for new breakfast ideas I had to try the Quinoa Crunch Cereal. If you have never tried toasted quinoa you are missing out. It gets a unique nutty flavour and the crunch is fantastic. Mix that with almonds and sunflower seeds with a touch of maple syrup and you have a sweet toasty almost buttery topping for yogurt, as a cereal or just by the handful! This far exceed my expectations. I keep opening the container for nibbles and the aroma is fabulous.

Quinoa Crunch Cereal

2 cups (500ml) quinoa, rinsed

1 cup (250ml) sliced, raw almonds

1/4 cup (60ml) raw sesame seeds

2 tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons (30ml) organic canola oil

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Line a rimed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together quinoa, almonds, sesame seeds, maple syrup and oil. Spread on prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake until toasty and fragrant, 10 – 12 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.
  5. Store cereal in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. Serve atop yogurt or with milk.

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Be sure to check out the entire amazing #NourishBloggers team below to see more amazing dishes from Nourish and multiple chances to win your own copy of Nourish.

Heather from The Tasty Gardener

Kelly from Kelly Neil Photography

Tiffany from Eating Niagara

Hilary from Cocoa Bean, the Vegetable

Regina from Leelalicious

Gwen from Devour and Conquer

Erin from How to Eat

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Stephanie from Kitchen Frolic

Caroline from Do it All Working Mom

Libby from Libby Roach

Katrina from Kitchen Trials

Laureen from Art and the Kitchen

Emily from Best of this Life

Lauren from Lauren Follet Nutrition

Zannat from Food for Happiness

Sarah from Kiwi and Bean

Charmian from The Messy Baker

Thank you Whitecap Publishing for supplying the complementary copy of Nourish for this review and for the giveway!  All opinions are my own. And a big thank you to Heather for asking me to participate.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Best of luck to all who enter.

To enter: Post a blog comment below answering the following question – What is your favourite dish using nuts or seeds?

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This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside.

No purchase necessary to enter. 

Giveaway will run from Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond.  If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner selected MUST correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question. Winner’s name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. 

Prize value is approximately $30CDN.

 Spicy Roasted Chickpeas from Nourish on Nutmeg Disrupted

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