Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city.


It’s not too late to start your native, urban garden!

If you’ve had a frustrating spring with all this rain and insufficient heat, don’t despair. You can still have a garden this summer, and this post points out a bunch of resources to help you – especially those of you in Montreal, Quebec, and eastern Ontario, where most of these resources can be accessed.

First, if you are francophone or able to read French, download the Guide potager urbain, written by the couple from Drummondville who were given a legal hassle in 2012 about having a front yard full of vegetables (and whose before-and-after pics have made the Facebook rounds). This 240-page e-book is a handy guide to getting your own urban garden out of (as opposed to off) the ground.

After you know what you want in your garden, double-check if it is something that can be planted in your zone (we are Zone 5) in the middle of June for a harvest in a short timeframe, up until October. Here are the next steps: Continue reading

Gardening for Wildlife: Free Backyard Certification

What Rewilding is about is making your architecture and garden hospitable to nature. We want to help you do that – and so we’ll offer you a free backyard certification to make sure it is wildlife-friendly ($10 for the certification itself with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, free for the Espace pour la vie). Our service will help give you great ideas to make your back yard as zen as can be (such as the pond pictured here), while welcoming wildlife and beneficial insects. The CWF will, for a low ($15) cost, send you a sturdy outdoor sign that you can hang to show your guests and neighbours – a well-earned right to brag!

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