Vegetable Garden Update

Where did Summer go! Wow! Fall is here! Just wanted to catch-up with whats happening here in the garden, with a look at some of our summer treats!

Tomatoes! Lots more to come! My favourite way to preserve them is Slow Roasting, for sauce and confit!

Cucumbers, Jalapeños and Thai Dragon peppers have been pickled & Candied!

      

Candied Jalapeño & Garlic! Thank you Lynda for this recipe!

        

Scarlet Runner Beans, Eggplant and Zucchini have been Roasted as well! Mostly for soup!

They will all be a lovely taste of summer in the middle of winter!

         

We’ve made Pesto, Spiralized, Grilled, Roasted and tossed Veggies in Salads!

       

Thoroughly enjoying our harvest!

Oh , yes ,Garlic did well, and the Tromboncino Squash was fun to grow! Look at the length  of it!

We grew enough Zucchini and Squash this year that we were able to cook the blossoms ! My frying skills are not good but it didn’t matter, they were amazing stuffed with cheese , fresh herbs and lightly fried! How Decadent!

 

Im also drying herbs and hot peppers.

  

I just gathered these baskets and apples 2 days ago, there is still plenty growing and seeds that have just been started!

  

Loved these flowers this year! Sad to see them go but ” To Everything There is A Season! ”

Bring on Fall! 😉

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….

 

 

 

 

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…

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The onions and carrots have survived , if I get a proper cover on them they should continue to do well…

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same with celery …

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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…

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Well, I do  know, what is growing in my little garden  is looking  promising , with an early start! 🙂

Check out the Garlic!

 

 

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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If all goes well, Broccoli should produce side shoots for a couple more months…Nov. 2015 021

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 😉

Fall & Winter Garden

I started a lot of seeds about 2 weeks ago..

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Today was perfect for cleaning up some tired plants and transplanting the new ones….

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I planted Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Cauliflower,

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Parsley,

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and Butter Crunch Lettuce.

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Celery seedlings went into larger pots and I harvested the last of our mature beets and some of the Red Onions,

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and added more mulch to the beds .

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Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Spring Cauliflower still need to go in…

that’s tomorrow’s job…

🙂

 

Snow Crown Cauliflower ( Roasted)

This 4X4 patch has 10 Snow Crown Cauliflower Plants

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They overwintered beautifully, but are such big plants, I’ll have to give them more room next time…. Apr. 2015 005

Regardless they produced some good sized heads ! I discovered an Amazing New Recipe! Thank you Jamie Oliver… Apr. 2015 005

This really is so good, I ate all the left over’s cold and thought it could easily be served that way as well…Yum!!

Here’s the original recipe:

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin, Coriander & Almonds 

I improvised a little when I made it ; I was in  hurry, it was so delicious, I’ll likely do the same again 🙂

here’s my version…

1 Head Of Cauliflower, cut up into florets ( I used a lot of cauliflower approx. 1 very large head, maybe more)

2 tsp. Cumin seeds

2 tsp. Coriander seeds

1 tsp. Dried Chilli Peppers

1/2 cup (approx.) Almonds-Chopped small

1 Lemon , zest and juice

Olive Oil, enough to cover the bottom of a large skillet Butter, approx. 1 Tbsp.

Sea salt

Steam Cauliflower  till cooked , approx. 15 min and let it drain.

Grind herbs, peppers and salt till fine. you could use a mortar & pestle,  I used my herb & nut grinder, and chopped the almonds in there as well. Mix together in a hot pan , dry roast till they are lightly  browned.

Heat oil and butter in a separate pan then add the nuts & spice along with lemon juice & zest and heat through then add cauliflower. ( I wasn’t concerned about it being totally dry.)  I added some Toy Choi leaves for another veg,and cooked for a few minutes to wilt them.

I was in such a hurry I didn’t have time for pictures but I will try to add one, next time. Which should be very soon, I could eat this every day  😉

Fall is Here!

Fall has hit us with a lot of rain,  as long as we get a few nice days in, the garden will still be plentiful.. for a little while longer! Cant believe its almost Oct!

Here’s what’s happening in the Greenhouse

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This has been the best year ever for Basil- these were started in Feb !

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Peppers are  ripening, Sea scape Strawberries have done the best!

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Eggplants have flowers but they keep dropping, I’m trying to assist with pollination..they wont last much longer as the weather cools..

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More onion seedlings are in..

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Celery is huge…well..tall not really plump..

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and Radishes , I almost gave up on are finally getting big enough to eat 🙂

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Yellow Bush Beans , also took a long time to grow…but this is the shady bed, could be lack of sun. I’m getting all of the soil tested in the spring..

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Broccoli, Pole Beans and Butternut Squash in the Pot

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Purple Pole Peas have such pretty flowers

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They are the tallest already 6 feet tall with lots of slender snow peas..Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli are in is here as well, they have huge leaves on them but no sign of sprouts… yet!

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The Snap peas are doing really well in one spot but not the others.

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These Butternut Squash don’t seem to be getting any bigger..

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This was the third time planting Zucchini, 4 plants and all starting to produce.

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Raspberry and Cabbage Bed..

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Onions and Calendula

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Chard & Squash..

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Potatoes & Cucumber

These are the Potatoes we planted in Aug. and the last cucumber  plant, it looks so spindly but its still sending out flowers..

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Garlic is all cleaned up and sorted for storage . We’ll be planting it again soon..

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This is the last of our Tomatoes and beginning of fall peas..

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Some goodies for the day!

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