Its Time to Start Seeds

Hello February!

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Here is A Vegetable Planting Guide for Coastal B.C. from West Coast Seeds

Planting Charts Coastal British Columbia

You can find their planting guide for anywhere in Canada right here: West Coast Seeds Planting Guides

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I’m working on organizing my growing collection and looking forward to getting a few started ;)

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We have used the last of our “Snow Crown”  Cauliflower . It was a stellar winter veggie, along with Arugula and Broccoli, which are still producing.  :)

Oh yes… these will be grown again for next year….






Filed under Cauliflower, Feb. 2016, Lettuce / Greens, Seed Starting, Veggie Beds

January 2016!

This month has flown by! We are busy working on a reno, so there hasn’t been much time for the garden or this blog ;)

I’m getting anxious to get outside to do some real work , I did manage to take a few quick pictures..

These came from the garden last night …

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Arugula is thriving, even with dark cool damp days…


The onions and carrots have survived , if I get a proper cover on them they should continue to do well…


same with celery …


Cauliflower sure has made news these days, veggies in general, with sky rocketing prices! Crazy! I don’t really understand why we are buying these from other countries when they grow virtually trouble free, in the dead of winter, right in our own backyard! Hmmm… What do I know…


Well, I do  know, what is growing in my little garden  is looking  promising , with an early start! :)

Check out the Garlic!




Filed under Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Garlic, Jan. 2016, Lettuce / Greens, Veggie Beds

December in the Garden

It has been stormy lately with wild winds !


Look at the waves on the waterfront ( not my home)

( Photo courtesy of Peninsula News Review)

Yesterday was a balmy 12 degrees C and today is mild: got to love El Niño weather! In between storms and frosts we’ve been busy cooking to preserve some produce, making  soup, baking and preparing for Christmas.  I’ll share some recipes later. There really isn’t anything new in the garden, but  there is growth!

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Check out this Cauliflower, its ready to use, we’ve harvested several and  there are more to come!

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Broccoli Shoots

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Kale with a nasty Cabbage Worm,…they seem to love this warm weather too :(

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Carrots & Walla Walla Onions

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Kohlrabi & Parsley

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Spinach, this is my latest experiment , there  are 4 varieties here , I’m hoping one will grow better at this time of year, so far they all look terrible, I’m going to try covering them and put out more slug bait…

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This isn’t the most attractive time of year for veggie beds, luckily there are other nice features in the garden.

Pyracantha loaded with berries and the Calla Lilies in front, which never look like this at this time of year, may bloom…

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There are always a few cheerful Pansies

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and the Pieris add some color..

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Seed catalogues are arriving in the mail , I love getting them, time to start planning what to plant next month :)





Filed under Dec. 2015, Veggie Beds

Our Garden In November; Fall/Winter Veggies

Fall is quickly feeling more like winter, with cooler, damp , short days.

When the sun shines  its a welcome reprieve! I grabbed my camera to capture it and some of the plants that are still thriving…

I love the color and texture of the Kohlrabi with Parsley..

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Kohlrabi is an odd looking plant, completely edible, we used some leaves in our smoothie this morning.

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Cauliflower should be ready in week or so…

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Basil, in the Greenhouse, “In November” ! Crazy, but its is not happy with the cooler weather, maybe its the short days, well, its all coming out today!

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New Zealand Oka needs a good frost before its pulled up.

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The Potatoes seem to be growing well, but no baby spuds, yet!

Kale & Spring Sprouting Broccoli is loving this  weather.

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along with Arugula, Cauliflower and Cabbage

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In this bed there is Celery, Spinach, Lettuce, Chives and Thyme.

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Yes, the Celery is still growing, fingers crossed, that we get the mild winter predicted !

Endive, Mustard Greens and Alyssum need to come out of this bed to make room for Garlic…

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Blue Alyssum borders  Carrots, Onions and Kale

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Today all the remaining Peppers , Broccoli  Crowns and Beans were collected

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Everything has had a good feeding with Kelp Extract!

Now its time, to get the Garlic in the ground and start a few more seeds for the greenhouse, more cool weather greens should work ;)


Filed under Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Lettuce / Greens, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Spinach, Veggie Beds

Bobs Veggie Garden-Update

Here are a few pictures to show the progress of our Garden Share Project :


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September; These are just a few of the beautiful Squash that we harvested :)

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Fall Transplants

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This has been a fun project, providing us with beautiful fresh produce and lots of smiles!



Filed under Bobs Garden, Squash, Veggie Beds

Thanks Giving Garden Update

It feels like fall with cooler temps and rainy days,  we are still pretty busy in the veggie garden and for that, I am very Thankful!

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Daily Harvest

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a few tired Tomato plants are slowly finishing up…

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we have a second round of Basil in the green house

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these peppers are huge : the weird red glow is from my umbrella :)

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My first time growing Kohlrabi , with success  :)

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we have Carrots for Thanks Giving Dinner

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and this has been the best season for  Broccoli

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I’m still hoping our late figs will ripen

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Romaine Lettuce along with other greens are filling the beds

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we have several Lemons & limes

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and lots of fresh growth (Alyssum, Broccoli and Spring Cauliflower, Pole Beans along the wall with the Apple Trees)

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Snow Peas, Beets and Broccoli Pots

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The beds are pretty full, this one has some room for Garlic, its time to get it planted!

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Fall Potatoes, these were planted mid September, they are starting to flower now..

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and I have just planted a few more in hopes of serving them for Christmas  :)

Happy Thanks Giving to all my Canadian Family & Friends !!!


Filed under Basil, Beans, Lettuce / Greens, Oct. 2015, Potatoes, Veggie Beds

Green ,Yellow & Striped Beans

We are growing several varieties Blue Lake Pole, Carson, Serengeti and Dragon Tongue.

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This has been the most successful year for Beans.

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We planted them after removing the peas, which meant, we had to wait patiently for a late crop,

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but it was worth it! We are filling up freezer bags and have had many good meals!

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I like them simply steamed on their own or with onions & potatoes, topped with basil butter. I tried something new, making a nice hearty warm salad, another favourite  ;)

Here’s what I did;

Beans, cut in 1 in. pieces, steamed or lightly boiled

Summer Squash, sliced thinly (approx. 1/4 in)

Arugula or Lettuce ( dressed with olive oil, salt & pepper)

Sweet Onions finely diced

Apple sliced a little thinner than the squash

Apple Cider Vinegar

Maple Syrup

E.V. Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Crumbled Bacon ( warm )

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Cook beans, Sauté onions  in olive oil and salt till tender( 5 min. approx.)  add the summer squash and sliced apples cook till squash is tender, then add vinegar & syrup, mix and remove from heat,  top a dressed bed of Lettuce or Arugula with mixture, and add additional toppings of grated sharp cheddar, crumbled bacon bits. Add more seasoning if you need to .

( I do think adding some toasted chopped nuts , instead of bacon, would be awesome too)

Sorry no picture , next time  ;)


Filed under Beans, Recipes, Sept. 2015, Veggie Beds