Winter Abundance

I’ve posted before about how much I love the winter garden, but it bears repeating. Don’t get me wrong, the summer garden is a wonderful thing, with its sweet fruits and vibrant colours, but a lot of the time, the summer garden is all about waiting for things to be ready. The winter garden, on theRead 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

Scrumptious Sorrel Tart

I made this tart for the first time last month, but it’s actually been two years in the making. The idea of using something like sorrel in a tart wasn’t even remotely on my radar until I read about itΒ over on Tara’s blogΒ (which is a must-read, if you haven’t already discovered it) almost two fullRead more

First Asparagus!

While I was out planting sunflowers this afternoon, I stopped to check the recently planted asparagus patch to see if there was anything growing yet, and there was! It’ll be a couple of years before we can start harvesting spears to eat, but asparagus has always been one of my favorite vegetables, and I’m just happyRead more

Spud Order

Maybe it’s the little bit of Irish blood that I’ve got running through my veins, or maybe it’s my tendency toward carbohydrate addiction, but potatoes have always been one of my favorite things to eat.  As far as I’m concerned, they are a food group in and of themselves.  We often make a meal outRead more

A Good Egg

Here it is, the thing I have dreamed of for so many years – a fresh, homegrown egg from my own hens!! The layer of this beauty remains a mystery, but I have my suspicions.  It was just laying there in the middle of the coop floor when I went in to clean their watererRead more

What We’re Harvesting Right Now

Aside from complaining about four-legged invaders, I haven’t really spoken much about the garden this summer so I thought I’d do a brief update. Our soil is still really awful, so things still aren’t doing as well as I would like.  One of our friends described the soil here as “rock flour”, and that’s exactlyRead more

My Summer So Far

It almost seems unnecessary to explain my absence anymore – it’s pretty much a given that there will be a good month or more between posts these days. Here’s a brief update. We’ve been busy working on “outside” things while the weather is good, namely the chicken coop. The coop during the framing stage. There’sRead more

Made ya look!

Guess what I spotted while I was out planting my potatoes the other day… No, this doesn’t belong to a naughty garden gnome. It’s actually a rather peculiar shaped Russian Fingerling seed potato, but (or should I say “butt”) it gave my husband and I a good laugh. I might be jinxing myself by sayingRead more