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.

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 🙂

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!

 

 

More Tomatoes…

Last night I went out to the garden to see what needed to be tended to,

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Some Tomatoes were ripe, I stated with these  two baskets…

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then had this bed to work through and a couple of pots…

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The Gold nugget have been amazing

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they are loaded .

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This is what I ended up with …

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🙂

 

August Garden Update

The beautiful aroma of Basil is filling the Greenhouse these days…

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The plants seem to be doing well:  Eggplants, Melons, Peppers, Yams and Basil of course 😉

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My fist attempt at growing Cantaloupe, checkout the little melon…

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In the Garden, the Kentucky Blue Lake Beans are just starting to flower

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we are getting our first Cucumbers, finally!

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More Zucchini on the way

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and Limes

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Swiss Chard

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Yellow Beans

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Strawberries

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more Tomatoes…

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and the second round of Broccoli is producing a decent crown! The first wasn’t successful. I guess sometimes perseverance pays off 😉

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Our winter veggies are progressing…Parsnips for the Fall,  are tucked in between  2 rows of Tomatoes

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Carrots

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Brussel Sprouts

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and Cauliflower, are looking healthy under their tents….

Aug. 2016 025We have more Broccoli seedlings waiting to be transplanted and seeds that need to go in soon; Peas, Spinach, Arugula, Kohlrabi, Pac Choi, Radishes and Winter Greens.

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Todays Ripe Tomatoes, Zucchini & Basil 🙂

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Tomato Season

Its been a great start , a bit unusual, as the Big Boys are the first ones that are ready, aside from the Cherry’s

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as you can see , keeping them off the ground is a challenge as well…

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at the end of the day it is a real treat to have these …

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Now its time to decide what to do with them, process, make relish,  salsa, sauce or freeze and wait to see if they ripen 🙂