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Harrowsmith Summer 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

4 min.
our contributors

MARK AND BEN CULLEN Mark is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and tree advocate and holds the Order of Canada. His son, Ben, is a fourth-generation urban gardener and a graduate of the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University in Halifax.Follow them at markcullen.com and facebook.com/markcullengardening and catch them biweekly on Global TV’s national morning show, The Morning Show. VANESSA FARNSWORTH is a science journalist, former horticulturist and long-time resident of the B.C. Interior. In her 25 years as a magazine writer, she has taken a keen interest in native plants, novel insects, threats to nature from within and without, environmental gardening practices and the people who pursue any and all of those things. Her memoir, Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada, was widely…

1 min.
savour the season

At Harrowsmith, we’ve been hard at work (if you can call it that, when you’re pursuing a passion) building our community and connecting with like-minded folk. We’re thrilled to continue featuring beloved Harrowsmith columnist Dan Needles in our pages (page 66), and to have our resident garden experts, Mark and son Ben Cullen, sharing their wonderful advice on how to make the most of our gardens. (Hint: It’s time to make friends with your garden pests! Turn to page 14 to find out why.) Steve Maxwell brings his extensive DIY expertise to the table this issue, walking us through building our very own deep well hand pump (page 48), as well as your property’s newest must-have: a bee box (page 25). On page 56, Vanessa Farnsworth explains why it’s so…

2 min.
coming up roses

That time we’ve been musing about is almost here: summer, with its warm, sunny days and colourful, happy blooms. Seeds are sprouting, and if you’re growing your own, you may soon be enjoying the fruits of your labour. It’s a thrilling time for gardeners and growers, to see plans turn into action, to feel the earth between our fingertips and the satisfaction of working with the land. Foodies in particular are relishing the fresh, local produce, which benefits our neighbourhoods and larger communities in so many ways. This issue, we celebrate those efforts, which help connect us to the land in deeper, more meaningful ways, and contribute to more sustainable living. We chat with Ocean Wise and Langdon Hall chef Jason Bangerter, who walks the talk and champions our local, sustainable growers…

4 min.

AMARYLLIS ADVICE The article about amaryllis bulbs (“Stunning Winter Show,” Winter 2017/18) states that a 24 to 26 cm (9 1/2 to 10 inch) bulb is very common. Where on earth do you find such a thing? Even on Mark Cullen’s website it states that his are 28 percent bigger than average. This at best is only 7 1/2 inches. I would love to get a few bulbs 9 1/2 to 12 inches in diameter. Yours truly, Cathy Suignard, Dundurn, Saskatchewan Editor’s note: Thanks for writing in, Cathy! Since Mark is an expert on the subject, we asked him to reply with his feedback and suggestions. Here’s what he said... From Harrowsmith gardening editor Mark Cullen: Amaryllis bulbs are sold in a variety of sizes. The bulbs you find at a grocery store are…

6 min.
wildlife welcome

When Mark was planning his 10-acre garden, his goal was to surround his home with nature. He made it a priority to seek out plants that would attract hummingbirds, songbirds and butterflies. Insects and other pollinators would simply follow, as his criteria for plant selection did not exclude the bees or myriad other pollinating insects. To his friends who question why he has insect hotels around his garden, he is happy to explain why his dream garden embraces rot and decay. There is a balance between the living and non-living things on this planet. It’s hard to ignore just how important every creature is and how they are part of a web, not a chain, meaning that one creature is not just connected to one other, but to many others. Our…

6 min.
water wise

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.– Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia (1732) We tend to take for granted the things we view as having the greatest abundance. We are fortunate to live in an abundant place, which means we are prone to lose sight of our good fortune. Often, we are told that Canadians have 20 percent of the world’s freshwater, but even that requires some perspective. Less than half of that supply—about seven percent of the world’s freshwater—is considered “renewable,” which is to say it could be replenished. Even then, half of our renewable water supply drains north into the Arctic Ocean and Hudson Bay, which leaves 3.5 percent of the global water supply accessible to most Canadians. We mention this to set the record straight, but…