Archive | March 2014

The Door Dudes

The Door Dudes.

Since 1988, The Door Dudes have been offering excellent quality, efficiency and craftsmanship you can depend on.

The Door Dudes offer a wide variety of windows and doors, which will leave your home looking beautiful and brand new.

The windows and doors of your home are a direct reflection of your personal style, and enhance your curb side appearance offering fabulous accents to your home.

The Door Dudes is a full-service company, more than willing to do it all! It is of the highest priority to offer the best possible solutions to customers at a competitive price.

The Door Dudes will create custom fit windows and doors, ensuring your home looks and feels great. The Door Dudes offers doors in a wide variety of materials and designs including steel, steel/wood, and fibreglass, vinyl windows, patio doors, wood interior doors, garage doors, and much more.

These are the people that did 6 of my windows so far.  They are coming Monday to quote on the last 2 doors that were damaged in the fire – well by the fire department kicking them in, not by the fire itself.


Now to figure out what kinds of doors I want that I can afford.

DIY Basic Natural Medicine Cabinet

DIY Basic Natural Medicine Cabinet.

As all the chatter continues about what we eat, what we put on our bodies, and what we put into our bodies, it stands to reason that we would also turn toward how we treat our bodies for minor illness and injury. I’ve been looking into this for quite a while for my family and have decided that it’s time to pull together a natural medicine cabinet of my own. I’ll be sharing today how you can get yours started as well.

Living Alone

One good thing about living alone is that you can do things that most people would not do when they have family.  Bringing up the wood to start building a few raised beds & trellis in my living room.

Now if I could only figure out how to take a few pictures & share them….

The Seeds are in…

I got the last of my seed orders yesterday.  Part of last night I spent planning what to plant where.  At some point the thought popped into my head – what about cross pollination?   So I sent Farmgal  an email asking for some advise.  She recommended a book “ Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners” by  Suzanne Ashworth.

Funny how over time I can forget things and it just takes a single word or picture for the filing cabinet in my brain to open.  After a bit of reading, I realized that I actually “knew” the information from when I was trying to cross pollinate 2 types of day lilies.

What I didn’t realize or know was how far apart some plants need to be before the risk of cross pollination is reduced enough to do seed saving.  A 1/2 mile distance for cucumbers is recommended to maintain the “mother” plant seeds.  The other choice is to bag the flower heads…not going to do.

So this year I think I will just buy a bushel or 2 of pickling cucumbers when the time comes and just grow the lemon cucumbers.  I wonder how many people that collect seeds find out the hard way that the 2nd generation of plant is not the same as the 1st generation?

A little help needed

I am trying to figure out the “rules” / paperwork that was in place when my grandfather died & part of his farm was donated as park land:


Located in the Town of Dunnville, this 6 hectare (14 acre) property helps protect the floodplain of the Welland River. The site is leased to the Town of Dunnville and is used as a passive recreational park. Fish on the bank of the Welland River for pike, bass, and panfish, or launch your canoe or kayak and paddle the river.

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above are a few shots of the creek that ran through my grandfather’s farm

$117,603 from the Local Food Fund! Hooray!

Lovely store, I was there this week. Maybe if I grow more then I need, they will sell the extra

LocalFoodFundAnnounce Everybody was smiling after the big announcement! From L to R: Emma Cubitt (Board), Damian Wills (Local Food Manager), Graham Cubitt (Board), Ted McMeekin (MPP), Richard Adshead (General Manager), Nrinder Nann (Board), & Sarah Botham (Board).

March 14, 2014  –  A huge thanks to the government of Ontario for establishing the Local Food Act last year, along with the Local Food Fund!  The Local Food Fund is designed to support innovative local food projects that celebrate local food, and help create jobs and economic growth in Ontario.

The Mustard Seed has been chosen to develop our Local Food Networks Strategy through a two-year pilot project. The $117,603 grant covers 50% of the expenses for the two year development phase, with the other 50% coming from The Mustard Seed Co-op budget.

Key components of the strategy include:

  • Two full-time positions : Local Food Manager and Marketing & Community…

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