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 a number of envireonmentally friendlt mesh bags, stainless teel straws, biodegradeable 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 plansts and seeds will be available in limited quantities starting spring 2020.

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The State of Berries July 2019

Berry watch 2019 Looks like it may be Blueberry picking time. Early Saskatoons are ripe and there are definitely pick-able patches of Blueberries and late Saskatoons. Raspberries seem to be coming along.  Blueberry bushes with early Saskatoons (large purple) and later...

The state of berries – End of June 2019

Berry watch 2019 After a slow start, late spring, tons of snow, the berries of the boreal forest are progressing to ripeness. I visited my boreal garden to check on the status of all my berry plants and took some pictures along the way.  It looks like the berries in...

Simple Garden boxes

Simple Garden boxes   A garden box can be anything with sides and open on the bottom: tires, old canoes with holes, bathtubs, window boxes and of course the simple wood box. To start a single simple 2-foot by 2-foot box, you will need an eight-foot length of 2x6...

Yes it will grow here!

Yes, it likely will grow here! I moved here a little over a decade ago from Nova Scotia where the climate was substantially different than it is here. I moved to the middle of town and had a large, empty back yard. Immediately this blank slate of a yard intrigued me,...

Morels – springtime mushroom hunting

Morels - springtime mushroom hunting Early spring is a time of regrowth, as forageable plants start to grow after their long slumber. Still months away from peak mushroom hunting, the humble morel mushroom likes to make its appearance in the early spring, just as...

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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