Adventures in Hydroponics

Hydroponic lettuce

(for lettuce) (this article was originally posted on Medium last winter). I’ve been (trying) to grow lettuce in the winter, in the basement of my 112 year old home, for three winters now. Up until this year, I had very little overall success. This past year, I decided to try something different. In previous years, […]

British Columbia Restart Plan – COVID-19

Today, the government of British Columbia and the public health authority came out with a definitive restart plan for our province, coming out of the COVID 19 pandemic. I’ve been mostly thankful, and sometimes critical of how things are managed in British Columbia during the global pandemic. I think the authorities had the luck of […]

Microgreens – a Primer

microgreens

For several years now, I’ve been thinking about growing microgreens at home. I have been buying them for about a decade at the fruit and veg stores, dropping $5-$7 for a paltry 100-150g of them, at least once a week because I like them so much as my “green” choice on… everything. Burgers. Sandwiches. Pizza. […]

Chilean Guava – Ugni Molinae

One of the reasons I garden for food production is I can grow things you simply cannot find in any fruit and veg store locally. One of those things I’ve chosen to grow is a plant called, in latin, Ugni Molinae; it’s more commonly known as Chilean Guava. It’s much more popular in Britain than […]

Egyptian Walking Onions

“Say, what’s that type of onion there; I don’t recognize it.” “Well, let me tell you. Plant this onion in an area with good soil that drains well, and then basically ignore it. Come back in 2 to 4 seasons, and your entire area will be filled with them. “How’s that possible?” “Because this onion […]

CHEATS Pizza, Improved

Cheats Pizza

With COVID-19 and the whole stay at home thing, I’ve been watching a lot more telly of late, and I discovered two of Jamie Oliver’s shows on CTV Life in Canada: 15 Minute Meals, and 30 Minute Meals. There’s actually quite a lot of good tips in both of those shows for cranking out quality […]

Changing up my Twitter (Again)

Donald Trump. That’s the only time I’ll mention his name in this article. I refer to him almost exclusively online as “45”, or SCROTUS (So Called Ruler of the United States), or circus clown (🤡) (ed.note 2021 – I only refer to him online as clown since 2017). I do that out of complete disrespect. […]

Why I Won’t Buy Another Volkswagen Again

Volkswagen Jetta

Nearly 12 years ago, I bought my second Volkswagen; a then brand new 2004 Jetta TDI Diesel Sport Edition (TL:DR — it’s (supposedly) not one of the models caught up in diesel-gate; those are cars from 2006/7 onwards). My first VW was a used Rabbit I briefly owned and drove in Ontario in the late 1980s. I […]

Instagram Forgot Their Name

Instagram

Recently, Facebook-owned Instagram changed how their timeline works, with no regard to how it’s product (that’s us, folks — we’re IG’s product) actually uses the service. They introduced a new “algorithm timeline” claiming to show you posts they assume you care most about. Reality is, it’s done 100% for advertisers to force more ads into […]

How to Save $1,650 on a Major Appliance in 5 Years

LG Dishwasher

I’ll give you the TL:DR right now. You can save $1,650 (or way more) on major appliances by doing one thing: Do not buy an LG product. I’m talking specifically about the LG LDF7932ST Steam Direct Drive dishwasher, which is apparently a disposable product. Avoid it, and all LG appliances all costs. Why you should […]