Grow Your Own Fresh Greens Indoors

Could you imagine a bruschetta without basil, or a guacamole without cilantro?

Herbs

Who would have thought that a few leaves could make such a difference in the success of a dish? A good cook knows the benefits of using herbs to bring meals to the next level. Fresh herbs can be simmered slowly in a dish adding depth or added right before serving, providing a fresh hit of flavour. Either way you’ll want to have a supply of fresh herbs on hand!

Many tender herbs such as basil, chives, or parsley taste better fresh. Outdoor markets, grocery and specialty stores carry many of the most popular fresh herbs.  Yet nothing is worse than buying expensive herbs and have them wilt before you get to use them all.

When stored properly herbs can last several weeks. There are several ways to extend their life:

  1. Trim the stems, place in a glass or jar of water and cover with a plastic bag, secured with a rubber band.
  2. Wrap the herbs in a dampened paper towel, and place in a ziploc bag. Keep refrigerated until needed.

Another way to have a fresh supply of your favourite herbs and greens on hand when needed is to grow your own. Herbs are easy to grow indoors, and it doesn’t matter where you live or what season it is! Herbs can be grown in just about any container, on your counter, floor or in your window sill.

You might also consider an indoor herb and plant grower. There are many indoor growing kits on the market that can provide just the right amount of LED lighting. You’ll never have to worry if your house or apartment is providing the right lighting and humidity.

Microgreens

such as micro-mustard greens, micro-arugula, and micro-pea shoots are extremely healthy, fast-growing little plants that you can also grow in your plant grower. When grown indoors, they’ll yield year-round magic. They add greatly to the presentation and nutrition level of your meals. And they’re delicious!

Salad Greens

Ditch those expensive mixes of organic greens sold at your grocery store and grow you own! There’s nothing better than a regular cut of home-grown greens.

Keep a steady stream of salad greens growing by harvesting often cutting away the largest leaves every few days. Mix in some of your fresh herbs and microgreens and you’ll impress your guests with a delicious and nutritious salad.

Pining for a Refuge Away from the City? Are you Ready to Become a Cottage Owner?

Tired of the urban rat race and longing for the tranquility and beauty of a sanctuary along the beach in Northern Ontario? You are not alone: many of us who spend the majority of our lives in busy, overcrowded, polluted and cities think about spending our golden years in an inviting place with far less hustle and bustle.

So, you’ve decided you want to have your own cottage. You can buy a preexisting one or build your own. The latter might be a little cheaper, but creating your own Northern refuge allows you to have one that meets your every need and desire.

OK, you’ve decided to build your own cottage. Unless you are extremely handy with a hammer and drill, your next step is choosing a cottage builder. Investigate home builders in Ontario and pick one that specializes in cottages. Read reviews, make calls, ask friends, relatives, and current cottage owners for recommendations.

Now think about where you would like the cottage to be. Find a lot that is in an area you like and is big enough to accommodate the structure you have in mind. Before purchasing the land, investigate its history and the quality of the infrastructure already in place, if applicable.

Once this is complete, you are ready to work with your chosen builder to decide on what sort of structure meets your fancy and falls into your price range. Make sure to choose a cottage layout that is big enough to provide rooms for everyone who will use it, while also leaving a decent sized lot for you to do outdoor entertaining.

Cottages can be a major investment, but they also improve quality of life and can be a tremendous source of relaxation. Enjoy!