Growing Your Own Urban Garden

As the price of produce in Canada soars, growing your own fruits and vegetables in a garden can be a wallet-friendly — and healthier — alternative.

The popularity of urban gardens has increased significantly in the last few years, with even condominiums allowing small green spaces on terraces or rooftops. Here are some tips for growing your very own urban garden!

If you are limited to space, you can maximise your space by using shelving and placing pots throughout the tiers. Another option is to build an herb and vegetable box, which can give you the space and depth required.

As for feeding your plants, its key to emphasise the importance of opting for organic over synthetic fertilizers, especially for plants that you intend on eating.

Avoid watering on top of your plants, keeping plant leaves wet for too long can promote unwanted pests and diseases. Instead, always aim to water the soil around the plant and keep the plant itself dry.

Optimize the organic component by utilizing rain water for your garden. Most garden centres sell rain barrels.

So now one can enjoy the freshness and versatility of harvesting your own produce, as well, one can enjoy the maturing and nurturing process and take pride in knowing one can survive a short term interruption in the normal food supply chain. ‎
And lastly, we enjoy the added special benefits…birds, bees, butterflies and more of mother nature’s little helpers.

 

The Do’s and Dont’s of Hot Dog Etiquette

This may come as a shock to some of you – but did you know you may have been eating hot dogs wrong your whole life? With summer in full swing, we at RLPS want to ensure you are the most knowledgeable in hot dog etiquette in time for your next backyard bbq!

Don’t…

Put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always “dress the dog,” not the bun.

Condiments should be applied in the following order: wet condiments like mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper.

Do…

Serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns with hot dogs.

Do…

Eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns.

Don’t…

Use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper is always preferable.

Don’t…

Take more than five bites to finish a hot dog. For foot-long wiener, seven bites are acceptable.

Don’t…

Use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18. Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.

Don’t…

Send a thank you note following a hot dog barbecue. It would not be in keeping with the unpretentious nature of hot dogs.

Don’t…

Bring wine to a hot dog barbecue. Beer, soda, lemonade and iced tea are preferable.

Don’t…

Ever think there is a wrong time to serve hot dogs.

We hope these tips will help you develop into a top hot dog connoisseur – we at RLPS wish everyone a happy #NationalHotDogDay