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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When to start planting seeds

When to start planting seeds - indoors firstAre you planning a garden this spring? As last years run on seeds has made the early ordering of your seeds for the coming year is a bit more critical now than in years passed as many vendors sold out and some varieties were...

Germination testing your seeds

Germination testing your seedsAs seeds age, their ability to grow is reduced, and eventually, they become unviable and will not sprout/grow at all. The long term viability of seeds is dependent on the variety as well as the conditions they are stored in. Seeds should...

Looking for sources for seeds?

Over the coming months its the prime time for planning, ordering and maybe even planting. The preparation leads up to our last frost day on or around June first when we can plant outside once more.

Sourdough Pancakes

So what do you do with your sourdough starter besides bread? How about sourdough pancakes or sourdough bagels? For pancake day – try some sourdough pancakes.

Plant of the week: Straight-eight Cucumbers

Straight-eight cucumbers are a small dual-purpose cucumber commonly grown throughout the region. These heirloom cucumber plants get their names from the continuous harvest of eight-inch straight cucumbers which make great slicing cucumbers. They also make an excellent pickling cucumber when picked earlier.

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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