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!

by Susan
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on 24 March 2017
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Canada is known for having a variety of climates. However, this doesn't mean that Canadians can't grow superfoods in their home or backyard. In fact, growing your own superfoods is a trend that is currently increasing in popularity all over North America. These are some of the easiest superfoods to grow at your home…

 

Parsley

Many people don't realize that parsley is the superfood powerhouse that it is. In fact, parsley is a great source of vitamin C, iodine, iron, and even phytochemicals. Parsley is also well known for being able to grow a majority of the year. While it is considered so easy to grow, it typically takes about a month from them to sprout. We recommend sowing about 30 to 40 seeds to start, adding ten more seeds every month. Parsley is often used in salads, tabbouleh, and many other dishes. It is also a standard garnish for a variety of foods as well.

 

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is another superfood that doesn't get the credit that it deserves. They are packed with not only vitamin a, but also vitamin C, and vitamin K. They are full of fiber and minerals as well. Swiss chard comes in a variety of colors including yellow, white, green, and magenta. This variety of colors makes them a fun vegetable to work with in the kitchen. They're also one of the easiest plants to care for since all they need is water once they are planted.

 

Spinach

It's no surprise that Popeye loved this leafy, green super food. Spinach is packed with a massive variety of vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in both iron and calcium as well. In fact, many vegetarians and vegans rely on spinach as an alternative source of these nutrients, rather than eating dairy and red meat. If you plan on cooking the spinach that you grow, it is important to plant enough since it shrinks down throughout the cooking process. Spinach is one of the most dynamics of the super foods, as they can be incorporated into nearly any dish you can imagine.

 

Beets

While they are not one of the most popular vegetables, beets are one of the healthiest. They are loaded with phytonutrients, carotenoids, and a variety of antioxidants, including betanin. They are also very diverse vegetables when it comes to cooking. The baby beet tops are often enjoyed in salads. However, the roots are the most commonly consumed parts of these plants! They can be boiled, baked, pickled, or even juiced! Their sweet and earthy flavor give them a unique taste worth trying! It is best to plant your beet seeds between May 1st and August 1st for the most profitable harvest. The best thing about growing your own beets is that you’ll have beets for at least seven months of the year!

 

At Delicious Dirt, we believe that part of our job is to share relevant information and organic news with our customers. Spreading details and statistics on organic food and soil is a vital part of increasing the momentum of the organic movement. For more information on the organic movement or to learn about more superfoods that you can grow at home, please feel free to contact us today.

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