Welcome to Northwest Ontario!

At the northernmost point of Lake Superior where the mighty Nipigon River enters the Lake. In a plant hardiness zone 2B to 3 it can make for interesting gardening, difficult at times however things do grow here.

With growing your own, northwest Ontario also abounds in edible and medicinal flora as well as the abundant fish and wildlife.

These pages and the information I collect and create is based on my own trials, exploration and local knowledge I have acquired over the past 10 years and counting.

We now carry several environmentally friendly mesh bags, stainless steel straws, biodegradable dishes and utensils as well as foraging and berry picking equipment. Located at 21 Second Street in Nipigon. – Nipigon River Baiut Tackle and Souvenirs.
Garden plants and seeds will be available in limited quantities starting spring 2020.

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Sourdough Part two – Baking a simple bread

Sourdough - making a simple breadMaking sourdough bread is not for the impatient; it takes time and timing. Sourdough bread can take over twelve hours to rise and another hour to bake. The end product, however, is one of the healthiest loaves of bread you can eat.  ...

Plant of the Week – Hubbard Squash

Hubbard Squash Hubbard squash can get large, up to 50 pounds, have a delightful taste and an extremely tough outer skin making them ideal for winter storage.Hubbard squash will require a full growing season of 100 days. They will also require room to grow and spread...

Plant of the Week: Pollock Tomatoes

Pollock Tomatoes There is a type of tomato that has been developed for cool, short growing seasons. It is even considered frost resistance. Andy Pollock of Houston, BC developed a variety of tomato over decades in his mountain-based (100m) unheated greenhouse in the...

Making a sourdough starter

Make a sourdough starterSourdough is a living culture of natural yeasts and lactobacilli bacteria (Lactic Acid) found in flour. It is created by fermentation of wheat flour when mixed with water or unsweetened pineapple juice. Since it is a living thing, it needs to...

Making your own corned beef

Make your own corned beef Upon moving here to Northwest Ontario, we tried a few different brands of corned beef, with none meeting our tastes of what we grew up with, in Nova Scotia. After a little research and finding some pink salt. I now carry pink curing salt at...

Northern Gardening

What grows here, special tips on gardening, square foot gardening and some of my experiments with gardening.


Wild edible and medicinal plants, berries and mushrooms grow in abundance, if you know what to look for.

Recipes and preserving

You've grown it, foraged it, now you need to preserve and prepare your bounty to extend through the winter months.


The myBackyard blog hosts numerous articles and resources for all subjects related to living here in Northwest Ontario

Some of the bounty

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