About Playing in the Dirt

Amy Urquhart is a gardener, editor, freelance writer and blogger living in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. She gardens (mostly) organically with her husband, Graham and her cats, Farley and Rudy in their suburban back yard while their 18-month-old son plays nearby. They have also grown food in a community organic garden plot.

Amy is a member of the Board of Directors for the Durham Organic Gardeners, a local branch of Canadian Organic Growers, participates in Durham Integrated Growers (D.I.G.), and is also a Master Gardener in Training.

Amy started “Playing in the Dirt” as a way to document her progress as a beginner gardener in 2004. At the time she was living in Toronto and had only a 4 x 10 part-sun back yard plot and deck to garden in. Today she is gardening in a large, suburban back yard in Bowmanville, Ontario. She is continuously learning more about the benefits of organic gardening and enjoys meeting other gardeners in the neighbourhood and expanding the size of her vegetable garden. She is especially interested in heirloom vegetable varieties.

Amy loves gardening because it provides her with a never-ending opportunity to learn new things, and to share that new-found knowledge and plant passion with others. It’s also a great way to connect with other people who are crazy about all things green. In that same vein, she wants to provide a local resource on the web for gardeners in Durham Region (specifically Newcastle, Bowmanville, Courtice, Oshawa, Whitby, Brooklin, Port Perry, Ajax, Pickering).

Please click on the tab entitled “Events” for a list of gardening events to attend in Durham in 2011.

Amy would be pleased to review any gardening-related books, products or plants for Playing in the Dirt. Please see media kit or e-mail for more information.

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Shirley Love March 14, 2007 at 1:07 pm


Shirley again. Thank you very much for adding our event in your Events Calendar, and adding our garden club to your list.

If you are listing District 17 Garden/Horticultural Clubs (there are 12 in our District) the following should go in:
Beaverton Horticultural Society
Cannington Horticultural Society
Georgina-Brock Garden Club

Durham & District Hort. Society is not in our District, it is in the Bruce, Grey, Huron District (S. of Georgian Bay, N. of Waterloo).

I know I mentioned this in my last e-mail but, busy creatures that we are, things get missed.

Best regards


NIcole May 21, 2007 at 8:45 pm

HI! Looking for gardeners to join in a freecycle garden swap in the fall? Please email me for more details nhoney4@yahoo.ca Happy Gardening!
Thanks Nicole

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Monica April 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

I love that your blog is called “Playing in the Dirt.” That’s what my husband calls it when he catches me gardening. “Are you playing in the dirt, again?!”


Michelle May 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I am came across your blog and was wondering if you had infor about starting an organic garden. I work at a group home and would love to start one with my clients, maybe just plotted veggies etc at first and looking for information. I see compost is free next weekend so i think that is a good start and then i was wondering what i buy and can i buy it at normal home depot? any help would be great


Ellen Galloway May 16, 2009 at 11:35 am

I’m looking for a club or course for my 12 year old daughter who has taken quite a keen intereste in gardening and potting……
Is there anything out there in Durham for her?
Tx for any guidance

Theresa June 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

Hello Everyone:
does anyone know where I can find a white bleeding heart in Durham Region. I went to some nurseries/stores and can not find one. Would like to suprise my sister- whose husband accidentally pulled hers out- thinking it was a weed starting ;-(

thank you

bruce September 28, 2009 at 1:50 am

Our LED grow light can help you produce fresh vegetables 12 months,if you have intersting in it,give me a mail.: brucelwm@gmail.com

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