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Guelph Organic Conference Review

The Guelph Organic Conference is an annual event that attracts organic minded people from across Canada and northern parts of the US. Much of the focus is on farming, producing organic food and smaller backyard operations. This year, I was an invited speaker and talked about Growing Food in Ponds. The publisher of my book, Building Natural Ponds, New Society Publishing, is a sponsor of the event and we wanted to find a topic that would interest organic gardeners and help promote my book. It was an extremely popular topic.

The conference also holds a large Trade Show which gave me the opportunity to speak to a number of vendors. I thought it would be fun and educational to review some of my discussions and observations.

If you are one of my regular readers you will know that I am organically minded, believe in the basic organic philosophies, but I don’t blindly follow all of the dogma that is preached. Unfortunately there are many snake-oil salespeople in the organic movement.

Organic conference, Guelph Ontario 2018

Organic conference, Guelph, Ontario 2018

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10 Top Gardening Myths of 2017

2017 was a great year for as we reached almost 3.5 million visitors, since starting the blog. I also managed to publish two books Garden Myths and Building Natural Ponds and sneaked in another video on my YouTube channel before the end of the year.

The new Facebook Group; Garden Fundamentals now has 334 members and is growing quickly. If you have not joined yet, do so now so you don’t miss some any of the great discussions going on there.

Please join Garden Fundamentals Facebook Group now!

I was looking through the unpublished posts and found several in draft form that are ready for 2018. With a large back log of ideas I expect this blog to continue for years.

Thanks to all of my readers for making this such a success.

It is now time to look back at 2017 and review some of the best posts of the year: the 10 Top Gardening Myths of 2017.

Aspen Grove Gardens, my garden winter 2017

Aspen Grove Gardens, my garden, winter 2017

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Garden Myths – Meets Facebook

First of all, let me thank all of my regular viewers for making this such a popular site. We are approaching 3.5 million views, and that is fantastic.

If you are not a regular viewer, please subscribe by entering your email in the top right hand corner, under “Subscribe to this Blog”. This will provide you with an email notice each time I make a new post.

We have had a lot of good comments on the site, but comments on blogs are not a great way to communicate and discuss topics. I want to expand the ability to connect with you, my readers, and to connect all of you to each other. To meet this goal I have set up a Facebook Group, called Garden Fundamentals.

Facebook: Garden Fundamentals

As you may know, I run two blogs that have overlapping topics and I wanted to combine both discussions in one place. I had to decide on using one name or the other, and Garden Fundamentals won out, mostly because of some other changes and announcements I will be making in a couple of months. If you have not visited my other blog, have a look at

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I will continue to answer questions in the comment section of this blog, but the Facebook Group will allow some new and better ways to communicate.

  • Suggest new topics for this blog – I’d love to know what interests you
  • Start your own discussions on myths that have not been discussed here
  • Post links to false advertising
  • Ask about the validity of new products
  • Add your own myth discussions
  • Talk about any gardening topic -there is more to life than myths 🙂

I am a regular on several gardening Facebook Groups and they are a great way to learn and discuss. I learn something new everyday from those groups and it is also a great way to get to know people with similar interests.

Please join the group and let’s have some fun!

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Are Honey Bees Dying – Are We Losing Our Food Supply?

I have seen hundreds of reports about the honeybees dying. If we don’t do something soon we will loose 75% of our food supply. Chemicals are killing them by the millions. But are they really dying? Do we have a catastrophe on our hands or do we have a bunch of fear mongering authors who do not understand science?

From a myth busting point of view this is an interesting story. The truth depends very much on how you ask the question.

Are honey bees dying?

Are honey bees dying?

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Honey Bees vs Native Bees

This is not a comparison of honey bees and wild native bees. Instead I will discuss the miss-use of the word bee and how this is leading the general public to reach all kinds of incorrect conclusions.

Headlines about bees are common, but many are incorrect or at least misleading. What do these headlines really mean? Which bees are they talking about?

The Bees are Dying

Save the Bees by Planting Flowers

We Will All Starve If We Don’t Save the Bees

Is this a honey bee or native bee?

Is this a honey bee or native bee?

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