by Susan
on 21 April 2017
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Anyone who loves to cook or appreciates the taste of foods understands the importance of herbs. It is no doubt that herbs are a staple in every culinary culture around the globe. No matter where you are from or what your diet consists of, herbs are a vital element in creating the taste of each dish. This is one of the reasons we love growing our own organic herbs at home (not to mention saving a little money too)! You’d be surprised how simple and easy each of these commonly used herbs can be grown in your very own home. 

 

Chives

Chives are a very common herb used in Canadian homes! Their versatile flavour is the reason they are used to season food such as fish, potatoes, soups, cheese and many other dishes. Chives are a bulb-forming plant that grows about 12-20 inches tall. Their stems are hollow tubes with a soft texture. The stem, finely chopped, are what is typically used in culinary dishes. Chives also have insect repelling properties that make them a favourite in many outdoor gardens. Although, they are very easy to grow indoors as well. 

 

Basil

Basil is a historically common herb used in many cultures, such as Greece, Italy, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and even Taiwan. One of the most popular dishes you can find basil in is Italian pesto. While basil can be grown outside in parts of Canada during warmer seasons, it can also be grown year round inside. This is what makes fresh basil one of our go-to kitchen spices! You can grow some in your kitchen or any windowsill, so you always have some when the recipe calls!

 

Dill

Another easy to grow herb is dill! In fact, dill is unique in that almost all parts of the plan (excluding the roots) are used in culinary cuisines worldwide. For example, most people in North America use dill leaves to flavor food such as fish, eggs, and soups, while dill flowers are often used in the pickling process. Dill seeds are also utilized in cooking and dill oil is often used in creating soaps. Dill is popular in Europe, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Asia, and North America. It also popular due to a variety of health benefits, including antibacterial properties. 

Thyme

One of the most adaptable herbs in history is thyme. You’d be surprised all of the uses humans have devised for this versatile plant, including ancient Egyptians using it for embalming. Even ancient Romans relied on thyme to cleanse rooms, as well as flavor cheese and liqueurs. In modern times, thyme is most commonly seen as a culinary addition to many foods both in Canada and abroad. Thyme is very also popular in Middle Eastern dishes, most commonly seen in seasonings like za’atar. In Europe and North America, thyme typically seasons casseroles, soups, stews, and sautéed vegetables. However, due to its antibacterial qualities, it is also found in many products we purchase, such as mouthwashes and hand sanitizers. 

 

Growing herbs is a great way to start your gardening adventure or even just to expand your home's organic garden. While some parts of Canada are too cold to grow all of these herbs year-round, they can all be grown inside as well! This is another reason we are so in love with our herb garden at home. We grow ours indoors, right by the kitchen, that way we never miss an opportunity to use our home grown organic herbs. For more tips on growing organic food or to learn where you can purchase Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt products, please feel free to contact us today!

by Susan
on 14 April 2017
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When it comes to gardening, traditionally the best information available arrives in the form of good old fashion books. You may think a book on gardening could potentially be a dull rendition of painfully obvious information. However, you’d be surprised to know the books on this list are quite lively and entertaining, as well as informative. We’ve compiled a list of the best gardening books, pertaining to a variety of gardening styles. So we’re sure there is a book match for you!

 

Rhapsody in Green by Charlotte Mendelson

This gardening book is unique in that Charlotte Mendelson, is not a garden turned author. Rather she is a novelist that has fallen head over heels in love with growing her own food. While a majority of books on gardening and agriculture often write to an audience, they expect to have at least an acre of land to work with. However, Rhapsody in Green is based on the idea of small six square meter gardens, often located in urban areas. If you enjoy a dash of humor in your literature, this is the gardening book for you. 

 

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide To Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla

The idea for this book evolved from an ongoing blog written by Michelle Slatalla. This book is nothing less than inspiring regardless of your garden size or capacity. This book takes on more of a botanical and artistic approach to gardening. It gives vivid examples to help the reader soak up inspiration for their own dream garden ideas. There are also in-depth DIY projects, as well as advice on landscaping techniques and even greenhouses. For those interested in a more artistic garden masterpiece, we recommend picking up your own copy of Gardenista

 

R.H.S.  A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickell

Don’t you wish there was an “everything you need to know” guide to every plant you could possibly bring home? Oh wait, there is! A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants knows it all about the plant you may just bring back next. Let’s be honest, caring for new plants can be a challenge, especially if they have different needs than plants you’ve cared for in the past! There’s a simple solution to this problem that will solve it forever… purchasing this all-inclusive guide to every garden plant, you will ever consider purchasing!

 

New Small Gardens by Noel Kingsbury

Similar to Rhapsody in Green, New Small Gardens focuses on smaller garden concepts more likely to be found in urban erase. However, its focus on botanical gardens rather than growing food. This is a great book for anyone looking to start a new garden, especially beginners. Noel’s vast knowledge of gardening will spark countless ideas for your own artistic landscaping. This book is packed with gardening advice, as well as gorgeous photographic examples making it one of our favorites. We believe that this book is the perfect inspiration for any gardener looking to try something new, even if they are experienced. 

 

At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe that gardening is more than a hobby and is more than dirt and vegetation. We believe that gardening brings us together as a community and that’s a beautiful thing. We love sharing gardening advice and tips with our customers. If you are interested in more gardening books worth reading or learning where to purchase Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt products, please feel free to contact us today!

by Susan
on 31 March 2017
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Gardening is a great way to give your healthy lifestyle a boost! There are several yummy vegetables that you can grow at your home that even promote weight loss. These plans aren't only packed with fat burning nutrients; they are also easy to grow. In fact, many of our customers even grow them in their urban garden, since they don’t need tons of space either. These factors make the following plants some of our favorite ones to grow in our own organic vegetable gardens.

 

Broccoli

People who don't eat lots of vegetables often don't realize how filling they can be. Broccoli is one of the most well-known of these vegetables. They are incredibly filling and packed with fiber. Not to mention, they are one of the higher protein rich vegetables. These aren't the only reason that broccoli it's such a staple in most healthy diets. It also contains cancer-fighting substances as well. We love broccoli based on its versatility in the kitchen. You can bake it, you can boil it, you can steam it, and you can sauté it. In fact, you can cook delicious broccoli using almost any method.

 

Potatoes

When it comes to weight loss, most people don't think of potatoes. However, potatoes actually can help with weight loss, as well as reaching your optimal health. In fact, they contain a little bit of almost everything we need nutrition wise. They are also high in potassium, which is a nutrient a majority of Canadians don't get enough of. (Potassium is vital due to its role in blood pressure control.) One of the keys to healthy weight loss is eating nutrient-packed foods that are also fulfilling. On the scale that measures how fulfilling foods are, the Satiety Index, boiled potatoes come in at the highest of all foods tested. Plus, they are one of the easiest foods to grow in a home garden (or even in pots). You can even grow them from your own kitchen scraps!

 

Collard Greens

Collard greens are one of the perfect foods for achieving weight loss. Not only are they low in calories, but they're also loan carbohydrates as well. These leafy greens are also packed with tons of fiber, as well as a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In fact, many vegans use collard greens to each their calcium goals. Studies show that calcium aids in the efficiently of the burning fat process. Collards aren’t the only leafy greens with these qualities. Spinach, swiss chards, and kale are all nutrient dense superfood also!

 

At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe that part of our job is to help Canadians learn more about the benefits of healthy eating and the organic lifestyle. Food is what fuels our bodies. The higher the quality of food we put in, the better results we will get out! Whether you’re training for a triathlon or trying to keep up with your grandchildren, food is the fuel that drives all of our lives. To learn more about healthy foods that you can grow at home or find out where to purchase Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt organic soil, please feel free to contact us today!

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