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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Talking %^&* – Fertilizers

Talking %^&* - FertilizersPlants need three things, sun (light), water and Nutrients. Nutrients come naturally from organic matter and elements in the soil. Nutrients will become depleted over time and will need to be replenished in the soil. It is highly...

Starting Squash Transplants

Starting Squash TransplantsWith a month and a half before the last frost date, it's time to think about those squash transplants. I have taken to pre-sprouting my squash plants of all sorts and would highly recommend it to maximize your plants. Start by soaking a...

Starting and growing giant pumpkins

Starting and growing Giant PumpkinsAtlantic Giant Pumpkins were developed through selective harvesting for decades by Howard Dill in Windsor, Nova Scotia, my hometown. Since then, the seeds have been grown worldwide and are commonly produce 400-500 pound pumpkins....

Chitting your way to more potatoes

Getting more potatoes per plant Chitting your way to a bigger cropSeed potatoes, or just old potatoes that have sat for too long will grow new plants eventually. Each potato eye has the potential to form an entirely new plant. Most people will plant an entire seed...

Grow Bags Putting your garden in a bag.

Grow Bags Putting your garden in a bag. Grow bags are cloth bags typically made from thick, non-woven, pressed fabrics. In most cases, a thick (7+year) landscaping fabric is used. The non-woven fabric aspect allows for free air circulation around the roots allowing...

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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