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Harrowsmith Spring 2018

Harrowsmith is still the reliable go-to for gardeners, weekend carpenters, homesteaders, hobby farmers and urban dwellers with romantic fantasies of country life. Harrowsmith publishes four issues a year in conjunction with the seasons.

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4 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
our contributors

CATHERINE AGAR grew up on a dairy farm and is passionate about agriculture and food. She has a degree in agriculture economics from the University of Guelph and is currently taking professional writing classes at Western University in London, Ontario. After almost 19 years of doing double time, with an off-farm job as an agriculture lender and raising her family on a dairy farm, she recently hung up her banker’s hat for good. She is enjoying days on the farm with her four young children and tall Dutch husband, along with her Holstein cows and brown chickens. Her recipe for Nutty Berry French Toast was published in the 2014 Milk Calendar and can be found at dairygoodness.ca. MARK CONBOY is the program coordinator of the Long Point Bird Observatory, a program…

2 min.
nourishing a community

Do you know what I love most about Harrowsmith? It’s how you can be in one place but be transported to another, immediately. You can be in a downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland, coffee shop reading about exploring Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, by kayak. You can be in a cozy farmhouse kitchen in Dauphin, Manitoba, waiting to pull an asparagus and goat cheese frittata out of your oven while eavesdropping on the life of a sheep farmer in Perth, Ontario. That’s the neat thing about a magazine and its community. Despite the geography that separates us, there is common ground. There is a union found in food, flowers, and the dogs and cats we love. Our Spring 2018 issue builds on this tight-knit, like-minded community with familiar faces that you recognize in…

2 min.
early birds get the worms—and serve breakfast in bed!

Just as the first daffodils add a stroke of colour to the winter-weary backyard, it’s still easy to stay in bed a little longer. Grabbing a coffee and climbing back into bed, curled up in warm flannel sheets, is the best way to watch (and hear) the return of our songbirds from southern migrations. Better yet? Coffee and breakfast in bed! For ambitious sorts (the early birds who get the worms), our savvy food editors, Latham Hunter and Rebecca Kinghorn, have shared their best foolproof recipes for a gentle wake-up (page 35). The biggest decision of the day might be “Pumpkin pie oatmeal or egg and bacon bundles, honey?” For nighthawks (the category I reside in), staying over at a bed and breakfast might be the optimal route. Coffee and a…

4 min.

THE LEGEND OF SAM MAGEE I bought a wood stove from an ad in your magazine in 1979/1980, when I lived in Belleville, Ontario. It is a cast-iron, airtight wood stove model called Sam Magee. I don’t remember the name of the manufacturer, and they may have been bought out. I need to buy some parts and would appreciate it if you could send me a link to any back issues of Harrowsmith that might have the ad. I have inquired at a couple of stores where I live, with no results. I live in Nova Scotia now, but I will continue to search out all possibilities. Thanks for any assistance you can offer. Jan House, Pleasantville, Nova Scotia Editor’s note: Hi Jan! Our readers are an awesome collective of resources and archives.…

6 min.
the best big bloomers for your garden

An acre of land between the shore and the hills... A garden I need never go beyond, Broken but neat, whose sunflowers every one Are fit to be the sign of the Rising Sun...– Edward Thomas, “For These” Shopping for garden plants is much like shopping for anything else: there are plants that provide great value and others that, well, not so much. In my books, the plants that put on the best show are worthy of my attention when I am looking over the inventory at a Canadian garden retailer. Many plants provide a shot of colour that is paramount to fireworks in the garden. Here are some of my large-blooming favourites. Peonies What they lack in the length of their blossom time, they more than make up for with big colour! I…

5 min.
how to create a pet-friendly garden

“Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire.”– Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com If you are fortunate enough to have a yard where a pet can run and skip and chase squirrels, I have some advice for you: before you bring a pup home, consider how you can design your yard and garden to best suit your beast and your lifestyle. Here are 10 ideas for a pet-friendly garden. 1. Remember that dirt equals mud. If you already have a pet, chances are that you know where they like to travel in the yard. A beaten-down path through the lawn and garden is your cue to put down a hard surface like patio slabs or interlocking brick. Dirt, after all, becomes mud—especially in the fall, when the rains come,…