Friday, March 25, 2016

Plenty o' Peppers

This is my third year growing peppers and, not surprisingly, my collection of varieties keeps expanding - from 2 (2014) to 10 (2015) to 16 this year.  Of course, I only have a limited amount of space for peppers in the garden – this year I’ll be squeezing them all into one 8'x4' bed – so I’ll be growing only 1 or 2 plants for most varieties.

Pepper Seedlings - 5 weeks old

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Allium Troubles

Onions are always the first seeds of the year to get sown in early February and this year, leeks joined the mid-winter party as well.

Four of the storage onion varieties I’m growing are repeats from last year – Copra, Rossa di Milano, Red Wing & Ailsa Craig.  The Ailsa Craigs are a large, sweet(er) onion that only store for a couple of months so those are always used up by late fall.  The other three, including Red Wing which was a new variety last year, are storing very well - I still have several bags & braids hanging in the basement.  So far, only a in literally two...of the onions have sprouted/gone bad on me.  Hurray for netting that kept out (most of) the onion flies last year!

Every couple of weeks I refill the onion basket in the kitchen
with a selection of onions from the basement

Thursday, March 17, 2016

2016 Seed Orders

March break is in full swing.  This year, we decided to have a staycation…and it’s been exhausting, in a good way :)

Nature Trail at Guelph Arboretum

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2016 Garden Plan

One of my favourite garden tasks is completed in the middle of winter, while the garden is fast asleep - Planning.

Each year, the garden provides us with a fresh start and seemingly limitless potential – pests, diseases, and wacky weather are optimistically thought of as “possibilities”, not certainties.  In my plan, the weather is perfect, not too cold/hot/wet/dry/windy, all my sowings are perfectly timed & every seed comes up, my netting keeps out all of the cabbage white butterflies, the slugs are kept at bay by my liberal and consistent applications of diatomaceous earth, and I am able to pick off every single Japanese beetle from the plum tree.   As the snow flies and the temperatures outside are well below zero, such is the optimism that I feel while working on my plan for the coming season, .

Old plans, new plans & current seed listing