Biding Time

We seem to be smack in the middle of a stretch of typical “June-uary” weather, and my poor eggplant and pepper plants can do nothing but stare longingly out the window, wishing for the arrival of the warm weather so they can join their friends out in the garden. Some have even started flowering inRead more

My Mind’s In the Gutter

I guess that should come as no real surprise following last week’s post, but this time I actually have gutters on my mind, not deformed produce.   Ever since we built the coop, we’ve been planning to install gutters on it in order to harvest rainwater for the vegetable garden (which lies directly behind it), but withRead more

Today’s Post Is Brought To You By The Letter “S”

Just a few quick photos from my day in the garden yesterday. The strawberry patch is suddenly bursting with flowers and fruit. Now as long as I can keep the robins in check, it looks like we’ll have a bumper crop. The wild salmonberry bush on the edge of my garden is also loaded withRead more

On Orchards and Reattaching Limbs

One of the joys of moving from the city is having enough room to put in a small orchard. While our city garden did have a few small fruit trees, it was never going to be enough to supply our apple habit. We were fortunate enough to be able to bring our trees with usRead more

Garden Markers on the Cheap

I think I’m going to have to file this one under “Now why the heck didn’t I think of that?”. I was perusing Pinterest a while ago, and came across this brilliant idea for cheap (free, actually) row markers for the garden. I was happy with the stone markers I made for my potato bed, butRead more

Planning 2012

Late winter is a great time of year. Not only do I get to cozy up and enjoy the occasional snow day (having one of those today, actually), but I can use that time to dream and make plans for the garden to come. The days are getting noticeably longer, the trees have buds on them,Read more

Mid-Winter Deals

Well, it’s that time of year again, when garden centers everywhere are clearing out old stock to make room for this year’s crop of garden delights. Sorry, dark cell phone photo! Yesterday, I headed out to my favorite haunt for a little late January garden center therapy, and was elated to see racks and racksRead more

Winter Garden 2011

I spent some time in the garden this week (in between rain storms), cleaning up the last of the summer crops, harvesting potatoes and onions, and transplanting small starter plants from the nursery bed into their roomier winter beds.    Thinning the carrot patch. Sweet babies!   I like to leave my carrots in placeRead more

Book Review: Keeping Bees

I’ve just had a look at a new book called “Keeping Bees”, by Pam Gregory and Claire Waring (the book is part of Flame Tree Publishing’s Green Guides series). Claire Waring was a contributing writer to The Beekeeper’s Bible, which I read and thoroughly enjoyed last summer. At first glance, the book appears to beRead more

Wild Huckleberry Tarts

Red (highbush) huckleberries grow wild in our area, and we’re lucky to have an abundance of these bushes on our property and in the neighbouring park. My daughter went for a sleepover at a friend’s house last week, and those crazy girls spent the evening terrorizing the neighbourhood, stripping the shrubs of every last huckleberryRead more