Fall & Winter Garden

I started a lot of seeds about 2 weeks ago..

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Today was perfect for cleaning up some tired plants and transplanting the new ones….

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I planted Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Cauliflower,

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and Butter Crunch Lettuce.

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Celery seedlings went into larger pots and I harvested the last of our mature beets and some of the Red Onions,

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and added more mulch to the beds .

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Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Spring Cauliflower still need to go in…

that’s tomorrow’s job…




Filed under Aug. 2015, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce / Greens, Seed Starting, Top Dressing, Veggie Beds

Organic Shallots

Actually,everything in our garden is Organic!

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Its a shame the grocery store takes such advantage of “that” term. Maybe it’ll encourage more people to start a garden ;)

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What we don’t grow we support Local and Organic, perhaps more demand will bring those prices down a bit more!

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Garlic- Red Russian

This is just one of the dozen that we planted in Oct!

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Normally I save my own Garlic to plant but the Garlic Rust was so rampant last year I didn’t want to take any chances so I ordered fresh seed from Salt Spring Island.

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It worked out well! We used the Scapes for pesto …

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and we have a bumper crop of lovely large bulbs , which have been cured and cleaned  for storage!

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The rust hit again this year but much later , in June, so I’m going to try using our own again for  planting in the fall  :)


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Walla Walla Onions

It’s time to pull up Walla Walla Onions..

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they have never been so ‘Huge” this baby was almost 2 lbs.!

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Lots of dry warm days must be the trick! I really don’t wish for a regular drought,

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but I do love our little harvest :)


Filed under July 2015, Onions, Veggie Beds

In the Garden Today! Greek Salad is on the Menu!

Every day we’ve been collecting Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

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Squash, Fresh Herbs, a couple of Green Peppers..

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we are just starting to get Red Tomatoes and now we have an abundance of Onions!

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This makes for the best tasting Greek Salad, ever  ;)

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of course, I cant grow everything, as much as Id like to :)

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Do you make Greek Salad with fresh Herbs( Basil & Oregano)? Add a simple Olive Oil and fresh Lemon juice dressing, it really makes an amazing difference in flavour! Nostimos!

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Bob’s Veggie Garden

Here’s a quick look at what’s growing at Bobs ( my garden sharing friend) July 2015 007 Sunflowers,Tomatoes, Basil, Peppers, & Squash , 5 varieties, which are quickly taking over the garden… July 2015 008 along with Cucumber’s, Kale, Lettuce and Beans! Not bad for throwing a few plants and seeds in; just over as month ago! June 2015 006 What  a difference! ;)

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Jam Making; with Local Berries

Do you go berry picking? Its a fun way to spend some time outdoors, your berries are a much better price and you know they are fresh ! I certainly don’t have room or the right location to grow a variety of Berry plants for Jam making, but, fortunately  I live close to several U-Pick farms for Raspberries, Strawberries & Blueberries.  I forgot to bring my camera on most trips .

Here is the Organic Blueberry Farm and their very sweet dog.

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It was a beautiful day and the bushes were loaded with fruit!

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We left with about 9 lbs. each

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which I used to make jam :)

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This is a pectin free and low sugar recipe, I love making jam this way!

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I made Strawberry & Raspberry Jam with the same method, it is a bit tricky but worth the effort! The flavour is pure! If you’re interested here is the website that I found explaining this technique The High Heel Gourmet

Our berries were about 2-3 weeks early this year, and may very well be finished by now, they only last a short time. Blackberries are next and should be ready soon! Here you don’t usually go to farms for these, they grow wild and most locals have there own favorite locations , I know I do ;)


Filed under Jam, July 2015