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 🙂

 

 

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!

 

 

Garlic- Red Russian

This is just one of the dozen that we planted in Oct!

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Normally I save my own Garlic to plant but the Garlic Rust was so rampant last year I didn’t want to take any chances so I ordered fresh seed from Salt Spring Island.

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It worked out well! We used the Scapes for pesto …

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and we have a bumper crop of lovely large bulbs , which have been cured and cleaned  for storage!

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The rust hit again this year but much later , in June, so I’m going to try using our own again for  planting in the fall  🙂

July Garden; Catching Up

We are pulling up the peas, they are done!

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Round two!

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Beans this time! Maybe… there is  enough space to squeeze some peas in for the fall 🙂

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This volunteer Elephant Garlic is nice and we are ready to dig up the garlic patch…

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Here’s a few more pictures of what’s happening in the veggie garden..

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Its been a challenge to keep everything watered, we’ve had a crazy spell of hot dry weather…

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some things are thriving others , not so much…

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overall, we have had some lovely meals and have been able to put a few goodies in the freezer…

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…we could grow more potatoes for the fall ..

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and a little more basil,  it is flowering very early ..

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Onions are loving the heat…

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so is the Zucchini

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and Patty Pan Squash..

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Marion Berries are ripening…

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If you are growing fall veggies, there is still time, I’m getting some more seeds in today 🙂

( The weird orange haze in the pictures is due to smoke from local fires. It is improving and we are really hoping that they are all under control soon! On the west coast we don’t wish for rain often but I tell you “A Good Rain would be Nice!!!)

 

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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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 🙂