Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Little Good, A Little Bad

We've had a mixed bag of "good news, bed news" when it comes to the garden in the past couple of weeks.  The good news is that we enjoyed the seasons first salad fixins...and oh what a treat they were.

While lettuce and greens in general may seem rather lowly in comparison to hyped up crops such as tomatoes, let me tell you, the difference between freshly picked and shop bought is just as awe-inspiring.  I always say that skipping the salad section of the grocery store is up there when it comes to things I look forward to each season.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Don't Save It....Use It!

Over the past couple of months, I've had this need to use things up.  In our consumerist society, I'm just as guilty as the next person of buying, buying, buying - and then letting some of those purchases sit there, sometimes for years, waiting for the "perfect moment/occasion" to use them up.

These are a few of the seed packets that I had saved over the years
as I never really had the "right spot" for them.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Not the Usual Start to the Season...

First things first – Hello, my friends.  Hope that you are all well physically and hanging in there emotionally.  I was supposed to come out of “hibernation”, so to speak, at the end of March.  But, to be honest, my writing mojo had left the building...for obvious reasons.

Hanging from an upstairs window: 
A big colourful Thank You to health care workers & first responders

And here we are.  Needless to say, it’s not where I expected to be at the beginning of May 2020.  And the most unbelievable bit is that it’s almost certainly not where YOU expected to be either.  And by “you” I mean every single one of you, regardless of which city, country or continent you happen to live in.  That, to me, is mind-blowing.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wrapping up for the Season

While most people consider the start of the season to be the busiest time in the garden, that's not necessarily so, especially in my case.  With final harvests, beds to clear, equipment to clean, pots to empty, etc., etc., the end of the season is just as busy (sometimes more so!).  The list is seemingly never-ending.

While the other winter squash I harvested this fall are curing by a sunny window,
these Delicata are long gone (and delicious they were!)

Monday, October 7, 2019


I love surprises especially the kind that are delivered by the post office in a box 😃.

This week, I received one such mystery box.  What made this package a surprise was not so much the receiving part (I knew it was coming at some point as I had ordered it waaaaaay back in July) but rather, what was inside.  I ordered so long ago, I completely forgot what I had ordered.


Friday, September 27, 2019

One Bed Down and 99 To Go

The garden is slowly winding down and I’m getting into clean-up mode.  This has been a so-so year in terms of productivity, both in terms of the gardens yield and how much I got done.   I’ve tried a few strategies in the past in the hopes of getting ahead of the game and none have been as successful as I would have liked.  One of my goals this winter is to spend some time thinking about the basics of what I want to accomplish and how to go about doing that.  More importantly, I need to be (more) realistic when it comes to time restraints, which I realize has been my major downfall up until now.

But I’ll get into all that once I figure out my plan.  For now, I’ll share some pics that I took this morning.  I’m harvesting a bit of surprise kale recently:

Red Russian and Red Ursa Kale

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Onions Harvested...and all is good :)

The summer has, once again, flown by and we are now into the cooler (and dare I say, much more pleasant!) autumn weather.  I’ve been away in Salt Lake City and, now that I’m back, it’s time for some final harvests and garden cleanup to begin.

The onions were the first crop on my “to harvest” list.  My intention had been to harvest them before I left, in the first couple of days of September, but I ran out of time.  I was actually quite concerned that they may not be fairing that well over the past couple of weeks as we’ve had a lot of rain.  Well, my concern was all for naught.

Hello my pretty...