May in the Garden

It is that time of year, May Long Weekend! Please; bring on the sun! This is when most Canadian gardeners are busy planting ….Ill be joining you!

I took these pictures a week ago, everything has grown since and need to be transplanted..today 😉

Basil, Tomatoes, Eggplant & Peppers.

Most of the plants are now in the greenhouse hardening off.

All of the onions are planted in the garden , and a few in gutters in the greenhouse, a new experiment!

The beds are filling up slowly, I’ve been seeding a few rows and I picked up Cauliflower starters that are growing beautifully. I haven’t been here or in the garden as much , its been a difficult, stressful time, as my mom was very ill, but now that she is better, I hope to catch up !

The Season Begins

Its time to start some seeds!

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I like to start by sorting out what I have and planning what I would like to grow,

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by doing a small layout drawing and seed list.

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I was finally able to get my hands in the dirt, it felt so good 😉

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Even if it was only a couple of rows of beans and peas. The rest of the seeds will be resting on their heat mats indoors! It is time to start Celery, Onions and Greens for cool weather. Just a reminder, if you want Artichokes, its time to get them growing, but choose a variety that requires a shorter season, January is normally when the larger varieties need to be started.

Happy New Year!

Hello 2017!

Where did December go?

This winter has bought much cooler weather than we’ve seen in years along with snow,

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not too much, its gone now. We have beautiful blue skies today along with chilly temperatures and strong winds. It’s been difficult to keep covers on the beds, as you can see I’ve put every bucket to use and some firewood to weigh things down. I need a different strategy , any ideas?

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We’ve lost several seedlings, they were a bit of a risk anyways. Luckily the Broccoli crowns had been picked , the stems may send out side shoots in the spring. We’ll see what survives, if anything Ha! Still it’s a treat having it dry and clear 🙂

Hoping 2017 will be Happy and Heathy for all 🙂

November Garden Update

It was a very dull, dark and damp evening when I went out to the garden to pick some veggies for supper, but the greens in the garden were vibrant, so I went back in for my camera, besides an update is overdue.

Here’s what’s growing…

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(Endive, Parsnips, Potato Volunteer and Parsley)

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(Green & Purple Kohlrabi)

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(Arugula, Leeks, Peas & Beets)

Some things we can harvest while others need more time…

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like these Leeks and Baby Beets.

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Carrots are also very slow,  we may still have some for Christmas. There are more Leeks and Turnips in here.

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The Broccoli has been incredible .

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Turnips & Celeriac.

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Cauliflower for the spring

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The Lime Tree is loaded with fruit 🙂

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And I do believe we will get to enjoy some Brussel Sprouts, this is a Red variety.

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This is all Celeriac, I’m planning to cover them for some extra heat and rain protection, and hoping that they will mature in the spring.

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Peppers & Herbs in the Greenhouse,

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along with Yams and Potatoes.

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That covers most of it ! This is what I brought in for our supper, Kale…

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and Yams 🙂

Planting Bulbs; Garlic,Tulips & Daffodils

Its catch up time this past week for planting bulbs…..late: but not too late for the Pacific North West, there is still time if you haven’t put yours in…

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Garlic was the top priority 210 planted 10 Elephant Garlic and the rest were Red Russian

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Next 100 Tulips :Red

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and 100 Daffodils:Yellow

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We’ve been working on a small remodel on our little North Garden, with more planned for early next year,  we are working on filling in some spaces with these bulbs, cant wait to see how it will look in the spring!

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It looks  bare and  pretty messy after us tramping all over the yard when its muddy and wet….this is after we cleaned up ….Ha! More pictures of our progress in the new year 🙂

 

 

October Garden Update

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the last summer Cucumbers were pulled out yesterday along with a few of our fall Radishes, Turnips, Yams and Herbs; all  were served with our Thanksgiving supper 🙂

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Now we wait for a few more fall treats; Peas, Beets, Leeks, Spinach, Brussel Sprouts..

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Broccoli, Carrots , Beans

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more Turnips..

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Parsnips , Kale, Lettuce and Cauliflower.

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In the Greenhouse the Basil is waiting to be pulled out, it wont last much longer with our cooler nights, but the Peppers and Yams are still growing 🙂

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Thinking of all my Family and Friends, especially this past Thanksgiving weekend and feeling very grateful for each and everyone of you!

 

 

Happy Fall Equinox !

It was a beautiful Summer

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and a great day today for the beginning of Fall!

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The vegetable garden has been very productive, here are some of our most recent treats…

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Lovely Squash

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The last of this years onions, cherry tomatoes and cantaloupe…

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Basil

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Tomatoes…

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and baskets like this…

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There are still many other veggies growing for the fall and winter to look forward to!

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The new seedlings are under cover from the sun for a few days…

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and the peppers are slowly changing color.

The days will change all too quickly, enjoy the Fall season!