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 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.

Sourdough Everything Bagels

This is a modified recipe which I have been experimenting with for a few weeks now. Utilizing the overnight first rise, as mentioned in a previous article allows for an easier and shorter day when making this bread as well.

Plant of the week: Bush Beans

Bush beans come in yellow and greens, and a few other exciting colours, grow very fast and can provide large yields in smaller spaces. The plants only grow a foot or so high, unlike their vining pole bean cousins.

Eastern Butterwax beans are a common variety of yellow bush bean. Bush beans require very little attention, grow very fast and provide good yields of four to five-inch tasty yellow pods. With some prep work and a few tricks, it is quite possible to produce two crops of bush beans in a season, even here.

Starting your garden indoors

Time to start planting those seeds inside for a June outside transplant. The seeds planted now are the ones needing longer mature times including tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, giant pumpkins and some of the larger squashes (Hubbard). Some plants that you may desire an earlier crop like cucumbers and summer squash (zucchini) can also be planted indoors now to allow a 6-10 week sooner harvest.

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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