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! 😉

Happy Canada Day & Hello Summer Bounty!

Yes its time to harvest Garlic Scapes!

They are lovely, this is just a few!

There will be plenty of Pesto made for the freezer! 🙂

Its been a wonderful month for Broccoli…

and Greens!

  

Strawberries!

A few perfect Radishes and Beets, with more to come….

Lots of Sugar Snap Peas

The Shelling Peas are now ready to be picked , this is approx. 10ft. long, 8ft high!

They are loaded!

Broad Beans are also ready!

Tomato bushes are looking good!

Can’t wait till they are ready 😉

  

As well as the Peppers, Eggplant , Melons, Beans, Cucumbers…..hmmmm…Love Summer Time! Love where we live ! Happy Canada Day ❤

Veggie Garden Update

Sometimes it just takes a cloudy rainy day to sit down and catchup here. Ok, so it’s not really “Rain” just a drizzle…never the less appreciated, since its been terribly dry!

The Elephant Garlic has scapes and the green house has worked well for spring greens in the gutters and radishes in pots.

                            

The Tomato transplants were planted May 10th

What a difference, in just a few weeks

            

We’ve enjoyed spring Cauliflower, Asparagus and Turnips. Note to self;  I need to plant more Asparagus! We only have 3 plants, but they started producing spears in April and they are just finishing now! Pretty darn amazing, and the flavour can’t be beat!

      

Figs are growing on my new little tree and the Citrus blossoms are abundant. Their sweet fragrance fills the air!

We have some Sugar Snap Peas ! Cabbage and Broccoli are doing well and are under cover to protect them from the Cabbage Moth.

Here we are June already! Lots of work to still be done. I have emptied out the gutters and filling them with fresh soil for Basil transplants. Staking tomatoes and beans. Planting peppers and eggplant into large pots…Im sure there is more…

Happy Gardening 🙂

 

Organic Seedling Sale

I can’t resist  a good plant sale or Nursery, seeking out new and different varieties ! I just heard about this local farm! Thanks Genie!  It’s  family run, and  they have had it for generations,  The Greene Farm! All of their vegetable seedlings are organic. There is a really good selection of Tomatoes, assorted veggies, herbs as well as perennials, annuals and shrubs. Fun for any gardener to visit! I’ve copied a list, below,  of times and location for any of you that live here and would like to check them out! 🙂

Plant List for April 28/29, 2018 Sale

Dates for Plant Sales this year:

Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 26, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Our Location:

We’re located at 1500 Munro Rd., in North Saanich, BC.

  Prices (unless otherwise marked):

1 gallon — $8.00 each

            4” — $3.00 each

            2” — $1.50 each

            4-packs — $2.00 each

            Tomatoes in 1 gallon pots — $5.00 each or 3 for $14.00

*******    PLEASE NOTE     *******

Because of the cold spring, we will not have cucumbers, squash, and melons at the April 28/29 sale.  We will have those for the sales in May.

Also, we will have only a few varieties of peppers and basil this weekend, and the tomato plants are still pretty small.  (I suggest you wait until the May 12/13 sale.)  There will also be more selection of annuals as well at the May sales.

We do not grow from GMO seeds.

Spring Garden

I truly adore this time of year!

The colours, smells and signs of new life

Even the rain is welcome …..most of the time!

Ha, ha…

  Asparagus 🙂

Seedlings in the greenhouse!

Its been a slow cool season, but the ground had warmed up enough for peas to be planted and the overwintered Kale and Arugula has produced lots of fresh greens! Today is another rain day , so thankful for my little dry greenhouse as there are more seedlings to be tended to!

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!