The Nature Boy Show Gardening Guide
5. When to sow your seeds /  Maple syrup origins

5. When to sow your seeds / Maple syrup origins

January 31, 2017

Show Notes:

Know your last frost free date.

We picked 3 hypothetical cases to illustrate how to plan out your seed starting strategy:

  • Growing a Brandywine heirloom tomato in North Carolina, USA

    • A Brandywine takes about 8 weeks to develop into a seedling.
    • The last frost date in Wake Forest, North Carolina is March 28th.
    • March 28th minus 8 weeks is approximately Jan 31st.
    • Start your seed germination on Jan 31st.
  • Growing onions in Dusseldorf, Germany
    • Onion seedlings take 10-12 weeks to develop from seed.
    • The last frost date in Dusseldorf, Germany is April 20th.
    • April 20th minus 11 weeks is about Feb 3rd.
    • Start your seeds around Feb 3rd.
  • Growing a Montreal Musk Melon in Kahnawake, Canada
    • Melons take 2-4 weeks to develop from seed.
    • Kahnawake's last frost date is May 20th.
    • May 20 minus 3 weeks is about May 1st.
    • Start seeds in early May.



United States:



Aboriginal Maple Syrup


Maple covered walnuts


  • 2 cups walnuts or your favourite nut
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • pinch of salt


  • Melt butter and pinch of salt in a skillet.
  • Add maple syrup stirring constantly until concoction browns and thickens.
  • Add nuts stirring constantly until nuts are well coated absorbing all maple syrup.
  • Remove nuts to a baking sheet covered with wax paper to cool.

Great snack or added to salads, ice cream or your favorite dessert.



4. Seed Starting

4. Seed Starting

January 24, 2017

All about starting your seeds.



Gardeners supply company Seed starting equipment

Damping off

Hardening off


Jacques Pepin on writing recipes:


3. All About Seeds
2. Ornamentals and Edibles

2. Ornamentals and Edibles

January 10, 2017

Show Notes:

What is an annual, a perennial, and a biennial?

First, it is important to realize that  a grower may treat a plant's status as annual, biennial, or perennial depending on the growing conditions.  A biennial may be grown as an annual, for example.

An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to seed production, within one year. Annual plants provide us most of our vegetables in zone 5.

A perennial is a  plant with a life cycle of two or more years.  The perennial may flower in the first year, die back during winter, and then grow back from its rootstock the following spring.  In the lower growing zones, perennials may be grown as annuals.  Perennial seeds can be started as soon as you receive them from your seed suppliers under indoor lights.  There are very few vegetable perennials.  Asparagus, rhubarb, and Jerusalem artichoke are perennial vegetables.  Many herbs are perennials.

A biennial is a flowering plant with a two-year life cycle.   In the first year the plant will develop its root structure, leaves and stems.  It then requires a winter cold cycle before flowering in the next spring or summer cycle.

Gary's tip-of-the-week:  
What seeds need to grow into seedlings ( heat, light, humidity, a bit of a breeze ).

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

January 3, 2017

Episode 001 - Introduction

In this show we introduced ourselves and got right down to the 2 segments: plant hardiness zones and ordering seeds.
Zones segment:
Garden Zones range from zone 1 to 10. The far north being zone 1. The further you travel south the zone number increases. Its important to know your regional zone when gardening.



Seed segment:
Seeds and plants are designated a zone number where they will thrive. When ordering seeds or plants, they must be able to thrive in your zone.