Jordan Johnston

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since Feb 06, 2018
I am a humble gardener wanting to make a difference in our community. I am a father of two and a lucky husband to a loving wife. I believe that each individual has the potential to impact our future in sustainability.. being a father i want my children to grow up understanding the natural world and where their food comes from as a more urbanized and industrialized future encroaches on our young ones i feel its my duty to renew and preserve our landscapes and teach our children how to grow food naturally and protect soil and the value it holds to our ecosystems. I always imagined a place where people could enjoy nature for all it has to offer and one day i plan to at least make it a possibility for my family by gardening. Also guerilla gardening wink wink ...
Ontario zone 4b
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Recent posts by Jordan Johnston

as of yet I have many favourite trees all trees are magnificent beings. But I have to say over much consideration my favourite right now would be willow any Salix would do I often think of them as the bamboo of the tree world a very vigorous and amazing plant that grows in the wettest ugliest places extremely multi functional plant with awesome potential to be a pioneer in any landscape they are medicinal easy to coppice make wonderful trellises ,rooting hormone, fences, baskets and firewood all followed by its ability to accumulate biomass and create esthetic beauty. I think everyone should have a willow very useful beautiful tree. only downside I would give it is that many suggest not to plant it close to waterlines septic tanks or weeping tile.
1 month ago
Hey all you amazing permaculture friends and peeps I am starting a new garden this year and in dire need of some plant material I really would love to find a source of Chinese yam or discorea batatas in Ontario and or comfrey bocking 4 or 14 f there is anyone out there that my be willing to share or sell these awesome plants please let me know I would love to here from you or have some feedback on where I can find these lovely beings. As a further note I just wanted to thank the people on this site for all the helpful and amazing advice I have received, over the short period of time that I have become a member people are extremely kind and willing to offer up help trades and advice from there experiences. thank yall and any feedback is awesome!!!
1 month ago
ooo sounds pretty cold up there hablitzia tamnoides is a good perrenial green aswell as good king h.enry... many flowers are edible aswell  like dianthus flowers.. corn flower..getting a valiant or fredonia grape and eating the foliage works..crosnes..camas..heavy self seeders like miners lettuce and corn salad..potatoe onion..allium ampeloprasm allium tricocum <--- hopefully spelling that right. feild garlic..turkish rocket..salad mallow..buckler leaf sorrel and french sorrel ....day lilly.. tiger lilly  ..rose hips and flowers.
1 month ago
Hey all you awesome permies out there just asking if anyone is willing to sell some chinese yam aka dioscorea batatas or some comfrey bocking 14 or 4 to mee!!! lol i need to ramp up my numbers and ive managed to divide quite a few this year but would love some more comfrey and as far as the batatas goes i would love to have some for my deck to trail up the posts nothing beats perrenial food crops!!:) any feed back would be awesome
the only thing i have noticed in my suburban area is the deer are ravenous eaters they eat my josta berry and sedums and really anything that isnt deer proof one thing i have noticed is if i chop up mint or bee balm or chive and throw it on the foliage they dont seem to want to touch it soo this year i am guilding with mint around my grapes josta berry and hopefully going to grab some bee balm to plant amongst the haskap they will not touch anything with that smells smelllyyyy!
1 month ago
I have been a huge fan of the delicious hardy kiwi vine for some time once trying the incredibly sweet fruit it made me want to grow them ...unfortunately the kiwi may grow to big for my space that i have allotted until i discovered the issai kiwi the self fertile arguta kiwi. my only concern is how hardy this vine may be is there anyone in northen ontario zone 4 growing these delicious kiwi fruit specifically this variety where i live is apparaently suited for arguta kiwi zone 4b where weather may dip into -34 celcius with -40 windchills... i have seen multiple nurseries sell these as well despite the fact that i have searched with results varying from its hardiness beginning anywhere from zone 3 to 6. anyone with info regarding growing it in zone 4 or colder not kolomitka but arguta would be awesome.
1 month ago
Hi everyone, i have a quick question about invasives in canada, to my knowledge it is my understanding that there is laws for species at risk and acts as follows, but what are the laws surrounding planting invasives on youre own property for example i have seen in canadian nursery catalogues white mullberry and black locust two trees that are seen in arboretums aswell. If i were to purchase or grow these from seed is it possible for me to plant them on my property? anyone with any info if you could give youre input i would love to know thank you..
3 months ago
I for many years have been wanting to grow american persimmon or pawpaw and i have purchased seed from different sources and cold stratified it but had no germination. my guess is much like pawpaw the seeds should not be aloud to dry soo if anyone out there is willing to sell me some spoiled fruit from either american persimmon or pawpaw so i can extract seed i would purchase it from you. 😆
4 months ago
i hope one day you will be able to expand to the point of shipping to canada...lol soo i can buy up all youre plants !!!
4 months ago
Hi everyone, id like to give a shout out to a amazing permaculturist and nursery man Sean of Edible Acres. Sean and his partner Sasha run a permaculture nursery in NY state and are among the nicest of people. Any time ive asked questions about plants water works ..they are more then obliged to awnser me back even though they are probably incredibly busy. They grow incredibly usefull plants that range in a number of uses from medicinal to edible only using permaculture methods they have taken a site and turned into paradise. Not only are the plants robust and healthy but the small microswales and hand dug yes people HAND DUG ponds are created with the most critical thought. I would encourage any people out there to check out there channel on youtube Edible Acres if any of this fascinates you.. as well as there nursery site. I am truly a fan and it has inspired me to become more involved with permaculture and the people in it. check it out!
4 months ago