Me and the Crew…
I'm Tanja and I live on the east side of Vancouver Island (the wet and wonderful PNW), with my husband of 30 years, our sweet but lazy English Mastiffs, Penelope and Hemingway, plus two kitties, Beaner and Mr. Pickles.
We all live happily on 1.1 acres on the outskirts of a small city. Not rural, but not quite suburban either, somewhere in between, kinda like a country-style 'burb ; )
The gardening here is pretty fantastic, a Zone 7 gardening area with mild and wet winters followed by (usually) dry, temperate summers. Winters are wet and rainy while summers are super dry, nary a speck of rain for months on end.
Who am I?
Tanja at Home… I love to grow! I have been growing fantastic, healthy, all natural foods in great, organic gardens for nigh on 25 years now.
Work… I have pretty much done everything in the horticultural industry, all sorts of jobs, but my main job has always been the sharing of information, the information girl. Love to talk gardening, to help you grow great gardens and figure out your dilemmas and how to fix them. I have been the perennial flowers manager/grower, the tree and shrub manager, and the garden centre gal who figures out your problems and issues.
Here at Olde Thyme… I grow and sell fabulous organic veggie starts, plus the flowers that help you attract beneficail insects to your garden (plus make them pretty: ) to help you grow great, organic food gardens.
I have teaching workshops all about how to grow great no-dig, organic food gardens. We also make great baskets at the basket workshops each year : )
Blog and stuff…
Some of you may already know me from my old blog The Nitty Gritty Potager and/or have shopped at my wee garden centre, the Nitty Gritty Greenhouse. The blog is still up and running, with many years worth of great information about what to do in your organic food garden and when to do it. The link to that blog can be found here.
In the spring of 2018, I changed the greenhouse from a retail 9 to 5 garden centre to a weekend garden market instead. A new name with new hours, while retaining the same ideals, ethos, and practices. I now have a new blog, one for Olde Thyme, plus an Instagram page, Pinterest and Facebook, too.
I love to grow and hope to inspire you to grow your own foods, too, a little or maybe even a lot.
Happy gardening and growing!