My New Experiment; Growing Yams

This started in Feb with the attempt to sprout 3 Yams ; 1 is organic

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It was the only one that sent out slips

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the other two had a few roots but no signs of sprouting..

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This is what the slips looked like before dividing them into..

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4 healthy looking plants

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I planted them in potting soil and let them root for 2 more weeks,

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then transplanted them into 15 gal pots

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They love the heat so we’ll keep them in the greenhouse.

Looking forward to seeing how they progress:)

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May in the Garden

Hello May!

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The empty veggie beds are tilled, fertilized and ready for planting….

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and the weather is looking warm enough to do it :)

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The Tomatoes have put out amazing growth over the last 3 weeks ! They need to be transplanted!

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We’ve hardened them off over a few days….

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along with the Onions,

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and Herbs! Time to get busy….

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Peppers & Eggplant  in the greenhouse are also ready for larger pots…

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The Potatoes and Peas planted last month are  popping up, although most of the peas have been devoured by , something! On to round 3 of planting peas….fingers crossed they will get a chance to grow!





Filed under Greenhouse Gardening, Tomatoes, Veggie Beds

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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The potatoes that I planted late last year have actually grown through the winter! 015

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