Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Good, the Bad & the Great

Remember my last post when I said that our good weather was supposed to last?  I should know better than to trust the long range forecast.  We are now in the midst of a cold trough with chilly days and some nights approaching the freezing mark...again.  Spring, where are you??

Anyhow, on to the good.  I took my fig trees out of the cold cellar back in early March and within a week, buds had developed.

Fig trees on March 12,
one week after coming out of the cold cellar

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is here…finally!

Our weather has turned and rather than the one or two days of good weather followed by a few weeks of bad, it looks like this stretch will last (although I do see next Monday is supposed to dip below freezing, so I'm not too thrilled about that).

Things have been very busy this spring with lots of seeding, planting, bed prepping, etc. but, unlike last year, I am more or less on top of things - hurray!

Aside from seed starting, there have been a couple of new developments in the garden. 

The first big change was something I spoke about last year – removing the large spruce tree beside our shed.

The pros getting ready for the job

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Potatoes - The Reveal and Some Surprises

Homegrown potatoes were new to the garden last year and yum…what an eye-opener!

I grew 6 different varieties of potatoes – Yukon Gold, Caribe, Roko, Linzer Delikatess, Viking and Bintze.  Other than the Yukon Gold, I had never tasted any of the others.  Different types of potato are amenable to different cooking methods and I kept a cheat sheet in the kitchen so that I could keep all of that straight.  If I needed a baking potato, I reached for a Caribe or Viking, but if I wanted a potato that would stand up amazingly well in the slow cooker (even in 8-9 hour stews!), I would grab some Rokos.

Viking (left) & Yukon Gold (right)
I was not only new to growing but also storing potatoes.  Everyone's storage area is different when it comes to the two key variables that impact on how long root vegetables like potatoes will store:  temperature and humidity.  This being the case, I decided to give two different methods a try to see how they did in my particular situation.  First the proper method - layering the potatoes, not touching, in boxes filled with shredded paper.  Then the lazy method – plonking them into open cardboard boxes…done.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

More Seeds? Umm...that would be a yes

Just so that I don't miss documenting what is obviously an annual event around here, this is my obligatory April snowfall pic, taken yesterday -

You can make out the absolutely HUGE fluffy flakes of snow as they fall.
Funny how you don't realize such things as "it always snows in April" until you start to keep track of them.