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A seasonal update with timely articles from the Harrowsmith team.
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The Holidays Are Almost Here!

The days are colder and shorter. Hearty soups have replaced garden-fresh salads. And holiday dressings now cheerfully decorate shop windows. If you needed any more reminders that winter is almost upon us, this newsletter is here to jolt you out of your unseasonably warm fall daze.
 
Indeed, while preparing the Winter 2016/17 issue of Harrowsmith
, we already craved the quiet, cozy evenings of winter. With this latest issue, you’ll find plenty of suggestions to keep you warm and active this season.
 
 
For many, a favourite winter pastime is curling up with a good read. This issue, we share some of our top picks of what to read and listen to now. Of course, gift giving is high on our to-do list at this time of year. Our Food Editor, Joanna Notkin, shares some delicious recipes that make gorgeous gifts. We also describe how to create your own wreath—something that can be a great gift as well.



 

Even with the cooler weather, we’re enjoying our walks in the woods, and after our fascinating chat with Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees, we’ll never look at forests the same way again. If you need more proof of the miracle of life and the genius of nature, read our interview with him and you won’t be disappointed. In addition to sharing a fresh look at trees, Wohlleben advocates for tree-friendly forest management practices—something we hope catches on here in Canada.
 
 
Speaking of trees, this issue, our Gardening Editor, Mark Cullen, shares his picks of which trees make great choices to plant at home. We also profile an Ottawa home that’s making an example of environmentally friendly Passive House design. In the south-central Ontario region of Kawartha Lakes, we meet a chef who’s bringing foraged fare to the table for an ultra-local take on dining. And birders will be particularly drawn to our story on how to attract birds and other wildlife to your property, especially in winter.
 


Stay tuned for more next spring, when we’ll be back with stories on how to grow your own bird seed, a profile of rooftop gardens across Canada, and an exploration of eco-wines and changing industry practices.
 
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Spiced Granola Nuts


These are so fantastic as a snack or with cocktails before dinner or a party, but more importantly they are perfect as a gift. You can make them weeks in advance, as they keep for about two months.

Makes 5 cups


INGREDIENTS

1 cup oats

3 tsp kosher salt or 2 1/2 tsp table salt

7 tbsp dark brown sugar

3 tsp smoked chili powder, or any chili powder you like, to taste

2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary

2 egg whites

4 cups mixed nuts, but pecans and almonds work best

3 tbsp honey

3 tbsp olive oil

 

METHOD

Preheat oven to 300°F.

In a food processor, pulse oats along with salt, sugar, chili powder and rosemary. 

In a large bowl, combine egg whites and nuts and toss to coat well. Stir in the granola mixture and toss, making sure all the nuts are well coated. 

In a small bowl, mix together the honey and olive oil and drizzle over the nuts. Toss together one last time.

Place the nuts on a parchment-lined sheet and bake until crisp and the nuts are toasted through, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely before wrapping.

Scoop into beautiful jars or bags and secure tightly with a lid or ribbon to ensure freshness. 

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Whatever happened to geothermal energy?

Homes aren’t the only things heating up this winter: as the temperature cools, our bills go up. If you’re thinking about alternative energy sources, you may recall that geothermal was a buzzword—and it’s something that’s dropped off our radar in recent years. We called on the experts to find out what happened, and also spoke with them about what it takes to make a green energy source a popular choice for mindful citizens today. Read our story in the Winter 2016/17 edition of Harrowsmith.
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Winter gardening tips
If you haven’t already, it’s time to prep your garden before winter weather sets in. Here’s how.
  1. Protect container plantings from harsh winds by moving containers out of direct contact, such as in an area close to the house or under the eaves.
  2. Mulch, mulch and mulch some more. Not only does it help block weeds in spring and summer, but it also keeps soil warm and moist throughout the cooler seasons while protecting roots and bulbs from frost.
  3. Bundle up perennials, saplings and young shrubs during the coldest days of winter to protect plants from frost. Opt for natural cloth covers, like burlap, as plastic bags can trap moisture around the plant, causing freezing that can damage plants. Just be sure to remove the covers as soon as the temperature goes back above freezing, or trees and shrubs may come out of dormancy.
  4. Make sure your plants have enough food and water before the cold sets in. Compost delivers organic nutrients to the soil, while water helps plants take up moisture before the ground freezes.
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