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! 😉

May Showers

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The veggie garden has been very productive, we’ve been enjoying fresh chives, their flowers , and the variety of greens.

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Tatsoi is a new Asian Green that we tried, it has such a nice light , sweet cabbage flavor , it’s very tender and can be used as a substitute for spinach. Very easy to grow.

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There hasn’t been any shortage of spinach, the plants in the greenhouse grew very well.

Its all been harvested and most of  it was used in a lovely large Spanakopita. It was my first attempt and we were all very happy with the results.

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We have Scapes, from the Elephant Garlic, the Purple variety is just starting to come up….

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Another new plant that we are attempting to grow is cantaloupe, the seeds are just coming up here along with cucumber, basil( 2 varieties ), summer savoury, a variety of squash, lettuce and beets.

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The Apples are a good size already…

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Today the sun is back and for once I don’t need to water, Yay…

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Everything has grown like mad in  the last month., except the peas, devoured by birds, that is going to be another post…

The 3 beds on the left are all Tomatoes, this year we have 40 plants!!!  I hope its a nice hot Summer …..

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You cant see them , yet, but there are a few Tomatoes in this yard too….

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Today I’m planting  Beans and Dill






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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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 😉

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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Here we go….

Happy 2014!!!

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We’re off to a great start….its been mild and dry for us on the Wet West Coast, with signs of spring starting to show…

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Iris & daffodils are popping up…

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The Robins have left us some berries…

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winter broccoli is producing well..

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more broccoli

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the peas have been struck by frost..

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but new flowers are growing..

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the celery I transplanted is sending up new shoots…next year they’ll go into the greenhouse

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isn’t the color of the January King Cabbage beautiful?

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Red Ball Brussels haven’t grown much, perhaps I didn’t transplant them early enough, something to try again this year….

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Looking forward to seeing how early we’ll have Walla Walla onions…they’ve done well under cover

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Garlic is just starting to show some signs of life…

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My list of what to do in the garden is starting to grow too 😉

Don’t you love the beginning of a New Year, there are so many possibilities…

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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