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I am confident I can answer any questions about planting, growing and harvesting vegetables and culinary herbs. I am very knowledgeable and experienced in garden site planning and design, propagating, soil preparation, transplanting, pest control, disease management, watering, fertilizing, and composting.

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I have been growing vegetables organically since 1993 first in my small backyard, then moving to a 2 acre plot where I grew vegetables for sale at our local farmers market and through a CSA (community shared agriculture). I started a popular website in 2007 and have answered questions from all over the world through that site. I have 3 published Everything series books on gardening as well as several self published books for sale on my website.


I volunteer and assist teaching disabled adults how to grow their own vegetable gardens. I have set up raised bed gardens in the front yards of their group homes and the gardens help to feed the households. I am very involved in our local farming community and am the treasurer and a garden mentor for a local society called One Straw, which promotes organic and sustainable practices for growing local food. I am a board of director for a government committee that is involved in keeping our ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) safe.


I have 3 published Everything series books: The Everything Grow Your Own Vegetables Book published in 2010. The Everything Root Cellaring Book published in 2011. The Everything Small Space Gardening Book set to be published Jan 2012. I have 3 self published garden design books: Vegetable Garden Plans for your Raised Beds. Vegetable Garden Plans for Square Foot Gardening. Vegetable Garden Plans for Row Gardening. I have a self published book on soil building: Why is Soil so Important? Tips on Amending and Fertilizing I also publish a yearly journal promoting garden planning and planting by the moon cycles. The current one is called "My 2012 Vegetable Garden Journal" I write articles that are published at EzineArticles.


I teach gardening classes on propagating, pest and disease management, and soil fertility at our local community center. My education came from my mother, mentors, and growing my own gardens.

Past/Present Clients

I write a monthly newsletter for my gardening website and send it to a email list of over 1200 gardeners. I write articles for EzineArticles. I have had numerous local clients through gardening classes and mentoring.

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Recent Answers from Catherine Abbott

2016-09-21 Rototilling:

Hi Ian,  Sorry I have not replied sooner.  When composting it is best to have an even mix of green and brown matter as well as proper moisture.  The mix of materials will keep the smell down, flies away

2016-08-25 Growing vegetables:

Andrew,    I have never used molasses in my water when growing vegetables, so I do not know if it would work or not.  I feed my soil using organic fertilizers and amendments.  I dig or till these in just

2016-07-19 birds:

Will,    Birds can wretch havoc to a garden.  The best way is to cover the plants; try to find out what time of day the birds are worse and cover them then.  Another option is to attract the birds away

2016-07-02 All year cropping of tomatoes using green house:

Laurie,    I do not have any specific site or book that could give you blueprint on growing.   When planning to grow for sale the first thing I would recommend is doing market research on who is your market

2016-06-26 All year cropping of tomatoes using green house:

Hi Lanre,    I have only grown tomatoes in Western Canada, so not sure what your climate or seasons are.  Are you thinking of growing them inside a greenhouse or outside in a field?  Do other farmers grow


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