April in the Garden

This my favourite time of year and its going by quickly…

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Here’s what happening in the garden…

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Spring flowers…

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Lilac Blossoms

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The veggie beds are growing wildly with warmer , longer days..

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Lots of Broccoli Sprouts

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I took this picture of the Apple Blossoms to post 2 days ago ..

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this one is from today

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Over wintered lettuce, spinach, thyme , celery and cauliflower..

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Spring Onions

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Garlic & Greens..

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more Broccoli

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Over wintered Cauliflower is almost ready for the table:)

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more broccoli plants…

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Spinach & Radishes are in the Green House along with some new transplants…

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& Peas…

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Tomato plants are ready for bigger pots…

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so are the yams….they are starting to grow leaves under water…

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Not a great picture, but, Cool…well I think it is…ha!


Filed under Apples, April 2016, Veggie Beds, Yams

Today In the Garden:Feb.2016

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli is almost ready, I love its colors and flavour😉

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Look at all the side shoots! I’ve just read that you should plan 2- 3 plants per person , we have 9 , so  we’ll see if that’s enough.

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Seedlings are sprouting already:)

This is what I’ve started so far;

In the Garden:

Broad Beans-Windsor

Peas-Purple Pole

In the Greenhouse:

Radishes – Pin pong & Early Scarlet

Peas-Sugar Snap & Cascadia

On Heat In the Garage:

Peppers- Thai Dragon & Red Bull’s Horn


Kale-Red Russian, Blue Scott, Lacinato & Improved Siberian

Pac Choi-Toy Choi

Asian Greens

Onions-Walla Walla, Redwing, Sweet Spanish,Scallions, Shallots(Ambition)

Artichoke-Green Globe

Swiss Chard-Bright Lights

Kohlrabi-Purple Vienna

Spinach – Corvair, Samish, Tyee


Check out the yams, they are sending out roots :)

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I know its not the nicest picture, but I think its very interesting, cant wait to see what they do!





Filed under Broccoli, Seed Starting, Yams

So it begins…

Seeds have been started; here we go….

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although, we didn’t really stop…

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We still had some overwintered carrots and New Zealand Yams to harvest…

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Kept the lemons warm

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and found a few ripe Limes…

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Romaine Lettuce is still growing and we should see some spring Broccoli and Cauliflower soon. The plants are huge!

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Onions are under cover in the centre, trying to stay dry😉

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and Garlic and mixed salad greens look like they are moving along..

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The Arugula is bursting..

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This is my new experiment, Growing Yams, AKA, Sweet Potatoes ! If all goes well each one will  produce several plants !

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These will be in the garage on heat for a while , in the meantime more seeds will need to be started and the soil prepped  !

Looking forward to trying some new varieties and seeing how the garden grows this year :)


Filed under Feb. 2016, Seed Starting

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