What a wonder this time of year is. Family, friends, food, and all things miraculous. Have a wonderful Christmas and a glorious New Year.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
On the topic of summer, I received my Westcoast Seed Catalogue today. I know what I'll be reading this weekend.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
|Some ornaments on.|
|Some of the 300 glass icicles on|
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
|The post has nothing to do with my batch of vanilla, but isn't it pretty?|
Monday, November 12, 2012
When I got home from a very long day at the store, Allan said, 'you need to get your boots on and get the flashlight. Go check the green recycle cans'. I put on my boots, grabbed the flashlight and went around to the cans. Opened them up....horse poop. Organic horse poop from much loved horses. I was really touched. Thank you husband.
Monday, November 05, 2012
|My neighbours maple. About forty feet across?|
|A quarter done|
|Very clay soil bed before|
After. With about a foot of leaves piled on top. First I dug the whole bed down about a foot. Huge, wet heavy clay hunks. I took some veg scraps and lots of leaves, layered it on the bed and started putting the clay back in place. I broke the clay up and mixed leaves as much as I could. I took the last leaves and laid them on the ground where I'm going to kill grass next year around dwarf apples. What doesn't break down in the bed over winter, will get raked over onto the lawn.
|Some under the holly|
Saturday, November 03, 2012
|Rosemary bundled up for winter|
|Asparagus fern. Looks like a female to me.|
|Callicarpa / Beauty Berry|
|These fuchsias are about 3.5 inches across|
|Calendula...found a seed pod by a fence last year and this grew!!|
|Cymbidium orchid. Third year.|
|Aunt Helen's Ontario 'lawn strawberries'|
Saturday, October 27, 2012
|Taken today...it is pouring on the west coast.|
I know that technically it is not the right time to prune a rose bush. I was looking at the rose leaves that have fallen. Ugly. My one and ony rose bush had rust, mildew big time and black spot. It was a complete mess. The Perdita roses were kind of sad this year. That's how bad the bush was. So, I hacked it. I brought it right down below the leaf line. Ummm, maybe about a foot and a half tall. Then I raked up every leaf I could get. I picked them out of the nooks and crannies with my fingers. It was awesome.
I moved on to asters. I never catch them before they seed and I end up with tens of millions of baby asters in the spring. They had seed heads, but hopefully I caught them on time. If not they are really easy to hoe out in spring.
|You can see the eight foot high rosebush is now about|
one foot tall. Look at the beautiful leaf mulch.
I took all of the flowers and seeds off the lavenders. I have spread them all over the yard for the bees next year. I know the seeds will be a bit of an issue, but I'm all over it!
Allan came out and put the bag on the lawn mower and mulched up leaves that lay in Lance and Judy's yard. They aren't using them this year. Yayyy. I put them in the compost bin and then thought, why don't I put them in the freshly winterized flower bed and let them rot over the winter. I have never fed the plants in any real way. I pulled the leaves out of the bin and spread them in the garden. I also put a layer over the rhubarb.
I stirred up the compost and watered liberally. Put up the front panel on the bin. Put them to bed.
I forgot my camera battery at the store...on the changer. So the pictures will be taken a couple days after this eight hour odyssey.
Monday, October 22, 2012
If you haven't found the Non-GMO Project yet, check them out. The food industry is fighting tooth and nail against labeling foods that contain GMOs. Just Google Proposition 37. The Non-GMO Project certifies that products are GMO free and you will see their designation logo on some products now. We own them a HUGE thank you.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
|Dibber and garlic|
|Better safe than sorry|
It was really hot. Really hot. I got out my trusty garden fork and stirred six bags of chicken manure into the garden where the garlic was going in. A lot of work but worth it. I had to move the kale and Brussels Sprouts out of that bed into the lasagna garden. I used a measuring tape to line the garlic up beautifully and evenly six inches apart, and used a dibber for the first time in my life. How on earth does anyone get garlic planted without one? It is now one of my favorite tools. There are ridges cut into the dibber to measure inches. I made the holes two inches deep. Some of the cloves were so huge that I needed to make them about an inch deeper and wider. Some were truly huge. I carefully labeled the rows this year. Last year I didn't keep track at all. I just threw the two or three types that Jim gave me in willy nilly. So while I think what I planted yesterday was Music and Red Russian, I may have two or three types from last year and not just Red Russian. Oh well, as long as it's garlic and grows well, I am truly happy with that.
|Finished garlic planting|
|My first batch of turkey soup. It is more delicious than|
it looks in this picture.