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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