This is the prettiest time of year on the coast… Grey rainy days are brightened by fresh green lawns, new growth and colorful flowers and foliage Every year I remind myself to put in more spring flowers… which needs to be done in the fall.. and for some reason , is often forgotten…”Maybe this year!” :)
Our trees made it through the winter and this is our first small crop :)
Who knew that limes turn yellow when they’re ripe? I thought something was wrong …
It turned out this is a trait of the Bearss Lime and it was just time to pick them :)
The lemons are very small but considering the tress are still immature they are quite nice!
I love having organic Lemons & Limes and utilizing all of it including the peels for their amazing flavors. They are great for candied peel , here’s the link for that info if you’re interested…
There are many more ways to preserve them, check out this article from a blog I follow, I’m definitely going to try these …
The garden season really begins this month, here , I know some friends and family will be wondering how we can possibly live in the same country! This year has been terrible out east, much worse than usual, lets hope that will come to an end soon! Its never too early to plan your garden, If you have the space for a couple of trays and provide some good light, you can go a little crazy, like me :)
These were started the first week of Feb. : Arugula, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Pak Choi, Corn Salad, Leeks, and a mixture of Onions, Walla Walla, Red, Scallions and Shallots.
The Greens have been transplanted but the Onions will need to stay on the heating pad till they get a little larger …In the meantime all plants are in the garage under light…
Broad Beans were put out in the garden 2 days ago and more seeds will be planted in the next week , starting with Tomatoes, Peppers , Eggplant and Basil . I’m going to try something new this year, pre-sprouting Peas, according to garden guru Linda Gilkeson, this the best way to avoid damage by pests that are prevalent in the springs damp soil…I’m hoping that means an early crop :)
Its a real treat to have tomatoes from the Garden in Jan :) even though they are frozen! If you are anything like me they were thrown in the freezer skin & all in the middle of the season.. its actually really easy to clean them up, I thaw them a little on a cookie sheet, you could run them under warm water, the skins peel off readily and the core is very simple to cut out. Simmer them in a pot slowly to thicken and you are ready to make soup, sauce, what ever you like. I love that they are organic and full of flavour! This will need some garlic, don’t you think ? :) No problem we still have a stash.. There it is, yup, that’s all of it, washed dried topped with olive oil and ready to be roasted slowly on the BBQ… we took our time and took out the smaller cloves as they were done.. peeled them, which is super fast once they’re cooked.. popped them into the freezer ,so now we should be set till June or July…I hope ;)
Its January and Spring is in the Air..I hope :)
Its been a mild winter, so far, fingers crossed, here’s a quick look at what’s happening in the garden…
The Lime and Lemon tress have survived and have some nice looking fruit on them.
The garlic bulbs are getting some new growth …
Daffodils are popping up
Rosemary is blooming
Heathers are at their peak
Pieris are developing some lovely color
and the Sarcococca is covered in tiny flowers. They packs a punch of fragrance,
that is truly delicious …especially at this time of year :)
In the veggie garden we have a few items to harvest: Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Jerusalem Artichokes, Parsley
Planted for early spring harvest are : Purple sprouting Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale
Feb 1st is when I plan to get some seeds started, maybe a little sooner for a few onions. Have you thought about it yet?
and it looks like we are ready for Christmas :)
but, we’re not :) These lights are just what we need to keep our Lemon & Lime trees happy through the winter…
good old fashioned 7w Christmas lights! Right now we only have enough for the lime, I’ll be searching for more..
In the meantime, they are all covered with frost cloth; a trouble light & heating mat will keep the other 2 warm should the temps. dip below 3C
The winter veggies need winter protection too….
Garlic has really grown since we planted them in Oct. I’ve never seen them grow this fast! Is that good? Bad?
They have all been tucked in for winter with lots of straw! Except the Brussel sprouts…
I’ll add a leaf mulch to them, mixed with grass clippings for a little nutrition…
Carrots will be left in pots till we need them, and
the celery is going to be left in the garden!
just a little longer ;)
I know, It’s Nov 1st!
Here’s a few pictures of what has been happening :)
Carrots grown in pots, worked well , I’ll do that again next year…we still have 3 pots to harvest
The last of our cucumbers were pickled..
Strawberries are still looking good..
All the peppers have been pulled out of the Green House and are slowly drying..
Sigh…this was the last of our fresh basil & dill
The Tomatoes were still blooming mid Oct
and some were ripening on the vine
but it was time to clear the beds..
Thee end of a great Tomato season-
I’m still hoping to get some Brussel Sprouts for Christmas…
Crazy Big Celery, and it is still growing…
Beans and peas are now finished..
Scarlet Runners for seed saving
Their flowers & vines are so pretty and hardy, but they have to go….
Planted Garlic on Oct. 10 ( the earliest ever for us)
Taking advantage of a nice fall day ..
Potato Pots were emptied, they did much better this year!
The Crazy Artichoke plant was cut down, it must have been close to 12ft!
A gift from friends
used for …Brandied Apple Butter…
& Apple Pie
Its been a busy month …