The Canadian Garden
Wanda at bakersbeans from Calgary, Alberta, offers a carrot and mint salad using ingredients harvested from her own garden. Her parents passion for gardening inspired her to grow her own garden with her kids, sharing the love of eating and picking fresh food, fundamental to living in the Alberta prairies, me thinks. Or, anywhere in Canada, for that matter!
My Urban Canadian Prairie Zone Three Garden was posted later than the challenge at the onset of Spring this year, but the season was odd. We were traveling and I have been working at forgiving myself for not meeting this deadline. But gardening? Oh, I live for this short season on our Alberta prairies each year. Absolutely smitten and grow a lot of edible food on my urban lot!
Sarah at Delish in a Dish from Victoria, British Columbia claims she doesn’t have a green thumb so writes about her version of a Canadian garden: heading to the Farmer’s Market, a seasonal highlight, as she discovers lovely fresh veggies. She concocts a hummus and olive tapenade dip covered in fresh veggies that look like they’re just in from the garden. Click over for a peek!
Barbara Mayhew at My Island Bistro Kitchen from the gorgeous city of Charlottetown, Prince Edward island (that I finally visited this past April) pays a visit to Vesey’s Seeds in York, on the island. This is the 75th Anniversary of this Island seed company that markets and ships over 700 varieties of seeds known for their ability to grow in locations with shorter growing seasons which is a perfect fit most regions across Canada.
Dale at EatsWritesShoots from Ottawa, Ontario, writes this about gardens: “As a child, I hated the family garden. It represented work. It represented indentured servitude. It represented poverty.” His story doesn’t end there. He writes how the cultivation of herbs ultimately changed his perspective … and how the early arrival of chives inspired a post dedicated to both spring and his love of gardens. “Now, as man who has lived, lived without the land, lived away from the land, I now understand that my garden represents pleasure, represents freedom, and represents abundance.” Want to taste the emotion of his discovery? Dale provides his latest creation, Spring Tarts which showcases the pure pleasure of spring flavours and his early-to-arrive chives.
Tout est prêt pour la saison du potager, ne manque que la chaleur!