Garden Sharing with a New Friend!

Its great when you meet new people with common interests. For the last few years I have been giving away most of our extra garden plants to  neighbours.

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One of them  told me he knew a guy that would love some of my tomato plants, no problem! That year I received a beautiful polished stone pendant on a black rope , made by him, I hadn’t met him yet. It turns out Bob walks by our house every day with his Norwegian walking sticks, eventually we were introduced, and met up again the following year for more plants!  He also dropped off some lovely seed catalogues in the middle of winter, I loved that! This year , Bob asked if I had any squash plants. I felt so bad…No..  I had only started a couple, they are such huge plants and I just didn’t have the space, Bob replied,”well I do” so I told him it wasn’t too late to start some seeds! The offer to work together and share the garden was there!

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Great!!!  We took what we had over to his place, and it turns out he has a lovely sunny spot!

Ha! Bobs your uncle!  (He says this all the time, he, he)

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This is Bob with Jeff, he is 86 and let me tell you he is one busy man!

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We are so happy to be able to garden share with our new friend!

We planted squash, beans cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and basil!

After a couple of weeks it is filling up!

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A little shady patch has kale & lettuce.

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These are gifts from Bob! He has collected, cut and polished these stones and then makes Jewelry and Belt buckles from them. This is only one of his many accomplishments! Amazing !

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Early Potatoes

Our first harvest of the year!

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They are from the tubers that we stored  last season.

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I ‘m not sure of  the variety, but it has to be either Red Chieftain or Big Rosie.

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I wish I knew, this is a great tasting potato!

We steamed them with an onion, snap peas and served with melted butter and fresh basil.

:)

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Happy Summer Solstice 2015!

The longest day of the year….

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the first day of summer…

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always makes me think of the fun worry free times as a child….the excitement of summer holidays….

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and warm long lazy days…

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I think we all crave that in the summer…

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along with some time to enjoy the rewards of hard work preparing;  pretty planters, veggie gardens,

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or just a nice  patch of freshly cut lush green  grass!

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Hope everyone has time to enjoy what ever it is that makes summer special to you :)

Happy Solstice and to all the Dads out there Happy Fathers Day!

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Garlic Scapes, Peas, Beans & Greens

There is an abundance of growth right now ; Pole Beans have just been planted and this is what we’ve harvested in the last few days.

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Swiss Chard & Spinach

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Garlic Scapes, Broad Beans, Basil & loads of Peas…

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Have a look at the Sugar Snap Pea Jungle…

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Some crazy tall Snap Peas

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and the Alderman Shelling Peas, which are really large Vines too…

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:)

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June Garden Update

It has been a Busy month! Personally, with a wedding out of town , visitors and night school !  Its been a challenge to catch up in the garden and it is exploding!!! Here’s a quick look!

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The peas on the right are 10ft! Purple pole peas!

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They do have lovely flowers and are loaded with nice long snow peas!

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I may have to recruit some help when these shelling peas are ready  ;)

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more Snow & Snap Peas….

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Broad Beans are almost ready…

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Lots of Lettuce & Tomatoes

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Potatoes in Pots are looking great, so far….

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More Greens & Onions…

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The dry warm weather has been amazing and everything is early.

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All of the Tomatoes have blossoms.

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The Sun Gold are remaining true to their claim and have the earliest fruit!

:)

Back to catching up…..

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Spring Greens in May

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It’s amazing  how quickly things grow at this time of year….

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and the different textures and shades are pretty too!

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In the flower garden it doesn’t take a lot of color to stand out….

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The veggie beds are exploding with Greens!

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New Zealand Oca looks like the perfect Shamrock.

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New transplants; are mostly all in…

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and the Jonagold apple is producing fruit ;0

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Potatoes are filling the pots and the Berry Trellis should be covered in Green, soon & berries too , I hope! May 2015 023

I love the color of this Grand Rapids Lettuce! It is huge and has great flavour …

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as do all the lovely assorted mix of prolific greens that spring provides…

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:)

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Garlic Twins or Triplets

The Red Russian Garlic from Salt Spring Seeds are growing well..

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so well, that they are sending out more than one shoot..

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2 or 3 actually! This happens often with bulbs, they should be thinned to allow a single bulb to develop to its full size.

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Its easy, hold the soil around the base of the shoot you are keeping and try to get the whole bulb you are removing by gently working it out of the ground.

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Cut off the top greens and enjoy!

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This is an early treat! We roasted a few finely sliced with mushrooms , it was so good :)

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