The Season Begins

Its time to start some seeds!


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


by doing a small layout drawing and seed list.


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


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.

Planning a Winter & Spring Garden for The Pacific Northwest

I know its hard to shift your thoughts to winter when its just starting to feel like summer …

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but if you would like to have fresh veggies in the garden all winter, its time to get your seeds purchased, organized and  started!

This next week is the time to seed Brussel sprouts and Cabbages that require a long growing season, like January King or Late Red.

Mid -late June is the best for overwintering Cauliflower and Purple Sprouting Broccoli. The first week in July is when you can seed your last crop of carrots and beets , this is also a good time for kale & chard. In August,  seed fall and winter lettuce, Chinese cabbages and other spinach and  frost hardy lettuce.

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Ok, I’m heading out to the greenhouse to get a few of these going….



Today In the Garden:Feb.2016

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli is almost ready, I love its colors and flavour ūüėČ

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Look at all the side shoots! I’ve just read that you should plan 2- 3 plants per person , we have 9 , so¬† we’ll see if that’s enough.

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Seedlings are sprouting already ūüôā

This is what I’ve started so far;

In the Garden:

Broad Beans-Windsor

Peas-Purple Pole

In the Greenhouse:

Radishes – Pin pong & Early Scarlet

Peas-Sugar Snap & Cascadia

On Heat In the Garage:

Peppers- Thai Dragon & Red Bull’s Horn


Kale-Red Russian, Blue Scott, Lacinato & Improved Siberian

Pac Choi-Toy Choi

Asian Greens

Onions-Walla Walla, Redwing, Sweet Spanish,Scallions, Shallots(Ambition)

Artichoke-Green Globe

Swiss Chard-Bright Lights

Kohlrabi-Purple Vienna

Spinach – Corvair, Samish, Tyee


Check out the yams, they¬†are sending out roots¬† ūüôā

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I know its not the nicest picture, but I think its very interesting, cant wait to see what they do!




So it begins…

Seeds have been started; here we go….

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although, we didn’t really stop…

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We¬†still had¬†some overwintered carrots and New Zealand Yams to harvest…

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Kept the lemons warm

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and found a few ripe Limes…

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Romaine Lettuce is still growing and we should see some spring Broccoli and Cauliflower soon. The plants are huge!

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Onions are under cover in the centre,¬†trying¬†to stay dry ūüėČ

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and Garlic and mixed salad greens look like they are moving along..

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The Arugula is bursting..

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This is my new experiment, Growing Yams, AKA, Sweet Potatoes ! If all goes well each one will  produce several plants !

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These will be in the garage on heat for a while , in the meantime more seeds will need to be started and the soil prepped  !

Looking forward to¬†trying some new¬†varieties and seeing how¬†the garden grows this year¬† ūüôā

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 ūüėČ

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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. ¬†ūüôā

Oh yes… these will be grown again for next year….





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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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…



Starting Seeds Feb.2015

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The garden season really ¬†begins this month, here , I know some friends and family will be wondering how we can possibly live in the same country! This year has been terrible¬†out east,¬†much worse than usual,¬†lets hope that will come to an end soon!¬†Its never too early to¬†plan your garden,¬†If you have the space¬†for a couple of trays¬†and¬†provide some good light, you can go a little crazy, like me ūüôā

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These were started the first week of Feb. : Arugula, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Pak Choi, Corn Salad, Leeks, and a mixture of Onions, Walla Walla, Red, Scallions and Shallots.

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The Greens have been transplanted but the Onions will need to stay on the heating pad till they get a little larger …In the meantime all plants are in the garage under light…

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Broad Beans were put out in the garden 2 days ago and more seeds will be planted¬†¬†in the next week , starting with ¬†Tomatoes, Peppers¬†, Eggplant and Basil . I’m going to try something new this year, pre-sprouting Peas, according to garden guru Linda Gilkeson, this the best way to avoid damage by pests that are prevalent in the springs damp soil…I’m hoping that means¬†an early crop¬†ūüôā