My Everchanging Garden

Gardening That Grows With Me

Welcome to my garden blog

I love to garden. I also love to experiment. Throw the two together and you have my everchanging garden.

In 2004 we purchased a little over 2 acres in the country in Southern Ontario. My garden has taken many twists and turns since then and I have made many discoveries along the way. My blog is a simple record of how our garden landscape has changed over the years. I also post our family recipes, something I can refer to easily and share among family and friends.

I post here for my own garden record. It’s my garden journal and bullet journal of to-do lists and goals. If you manage to stumble upon a page or two, I hope you enjoy a little of what is here.

Latest from the Blog

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Carnitas

Category: Let's Talk Recipes

My son slow cooks his carnitas in fat, I prefer this version submersed in beef broth. It has less fat but is just as flavourful. INGREDIENTS: 1.25 grams cubed pork shoulder, large fat sections removed (measured after cut) 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion… Read more »

Base Pasta Sauce – Butter & Onion with Pasata

Category: Let's Talk Recipes

This is based off the famous Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce 5 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion (vidalia or red) – cut in large chunks 1 quart pasata Add all ingredients to sauce pan, bring to simmer for 30 minutes

May Blooms in the Garden

Category: Let's Talk Gardening

Jacob's Ladder Purple Rain blooming in May

The gardens have certainly reacted to our strange weather patterns this year. We had a very mild winter followed by a warmer-than-usual spring. The mean temperature for May was 15.4C in our area, well above the 12.9C we saw in 2023. The result is that much of the ornamental garden has bloomed earlier than usual.… Read more »

April Blooms in the Garden

Category: Let's Talk Gardening

Hellebore and lungwart

Until the last few years, April in my gardens meant mostly daffodils. Adding some woodland garden plants changed all that. My three go-to perennials for April: Hellebore, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) and Carex. These perennials combine very well in a woodland or shade to part-shade situation and add a lot of spring interest. Here’s what my April… Read more »

New Strawberry Beds. Trying Again in Raised Planters

Category: Let's Talk Gardening

New strawberry beds in raised planters

I can’t believe we’ve lived here for 18 years and I’m finally getting around to planting a dedicated strawberry bed. I did try strawberries in the back when we first moved, but the only mammals that got to enjoy them were the chipmunks. I even tried covering the plants with an elaborate chicken wire cage… Read more »

Redoing the Bird Sanctuary Garden Patio

Category: Let's Talk Gardening

final bird garden patio

It never ceases to amaze me how much a garden evolves over time. When we first moved here in 2004, our gardens were pretty bare, with just a few small evergreens and a lot of ground cover. Bit by bit, I started adding different features and creating separate garden spaces. One of my favourites was… Read more »

Pork or Chicken Stuffing Ideas – Dinner for two

Category: Let's Talk Recipes

I’ve been into stuffing either a port tenderloin or 2-3 chicken breasts each week with a different stuffing. This works out to a good serving size for two people with a little left over for a lunch. My general recipe is a vegetable, cheese, some herbs along with some kind of spread. The method is… Read more »

Butternut Maple Soup

Category: Let's Talk Recipes

Almost everything tastes better with home grown maple syrup! This was a small batch soup made with left over roasted butternut squash and made just after finishing our maple syrup for the season. Measurements are very rough INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped large bunch thyme, left on stems… Read more »