Harrowsmith Summer 2021

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.

Moongate Publishing Inc.
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, @MarkCullen4 (Twitter) and @markcullengardening (Facebook) and look for their latest book, Escape to Reality. ROBERT DICK is one of Canada’s foremost writers and educators on astronomical topics. Harrowsmith has benefitted from Robert’s expertise since its inception. Robert is passionate about reducing light pollution and promoting science literacy. He has been an astronomy instructor for our astronauts, and ensures that our sunrise and sunset charts, stargazing and celestial events information will leave you starstruck. ALICIA FARROW studied photography at George Brown College and has been passionate about the…

2 min
loving local

If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s how tenuous our hold is on supply and demand. “Grow your own” and “locally grown” have never been more important. And things that had gradually gone out of fashion, like baking your own bread and having your own root cellar, are quickly making a comeback. Which is why, this issue, we’ve asked our home and farm editor, Steve Maxwell, to share his advice for creating a root cellar at home. From what foods keep best in a root cellar to what conditions to maintain in your root cellar to even where to build one and how, he breaks it down so you, too, can enjoy greater freedom and independence. To complement this guide to root cellars, gardening editors Mark and Ben Cullen share their…

2 min
welcome, summer!

This issue, we go east — to Canada’s East Coast. And what better timing than in the summer, when the gardens are in full bloom and the land is serving up its plentiful bounty. Harrowsmith food editor Signe Langford is back again with another medley of delicious recipes to try out. From salt cod fish cakes to blueberry grunt, she brings the taste of East Coast classics to your table at home. Speaking of classics, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stories about Anne of Green Gables are still beloved by readers around the world today. Inspired by the landscapes of Prince Edward Island, her books also continue to fascinate Canadian gardeners, as Mark and Ben Cullen share in this issue. Ready for a road trip? Aren’t we all! You don’t have to go far, though,…

3 min

STAYCATION HEAVEN Editor’s note: In our Winter 2020 issue, we asked you to send in your favourite photos of past staycations and your favourite places across Canada. Here’s what you shared. Here is one of our memories of Mabou and Inverness, Cape Breton. We stayed at the Glenora Inn and toured the region in early October. The leaves were just beginning to turn colours. Paula Lessard, Kingsport, Nova Scotia We have lived and worked in an isolated fly-in community in the far, far north of Saskatchewan (Stony Rapids) for 5-plus years. In 2020, we’ve been even more isolated than usual, and this photo is from our only real vacation. We flew down to Saskatoon and then road-tripped to this location, a geodesic dome at Buffalo Pound Lake, Saskatchewan. A true highlight of the year…

4 min
a cup of with a local

As many know, Lisa MacIsaac is one half of the Juno-nominated singer-songwriting duo Madison Violet, along with Brenley MacEachern. (The video for their song “Tell Me,” from 2019’s Everything’s Shifting, has received a whopping 1.7 million views.) Currently working on their new album, the musicians now call Toronto home, but their musical partnership began back in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Lisa took a break from the studio to give Harrowsmith a tour of Creignish, Cape Breton, where she lived for the first 20 years of her life. Harrowsmith: So, where is the best place to sit down and have a coffee in your town? Lisa MacIsaac: Honestly, I grew up on more of a road, less of a town. We had a church, a ball field and a hall. No stores. No…

6 min
landscapes of anne

Canadian gardens are fantastic. We think Canadian gardeners are a creative lot, and every time we travel around our great country, we are reminded of this fact. Often, we see something that inspires, something that grabs our attention, and something that we need to try in our own garden. So, we whip out a phone or camera and snap a photo. Or we use a pen and paper and jot down a few notes. Reminders for later. stories about Anne of Green Gables, and we think they continue to inspire Canadian gardeners today. We recommend a trip to Prince Edward Island any time during the gardening season. You will find horticultural inspiration there and, Mark adds, good golf courses too. If you are unable to get to the Island in person,…