Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A great day in the yard

It was beautiful today. Hot, sunny...perfect.
The White Rabbit in the Japanese Maple garden
Allan and Noel helped me move the raised beds to their new locations. Everything is pretty set, so we just need to start filling them. I planted the strawberries my sister gave me in the garden, but by noon it was getting pretty hot and they were wilting...badly. So I dug them up, put them in pots, gave them lots of water and moved them to the shade. I expect they'll perk up over night. The fig however took to it's new pot perfectly. I actually moved it to the full sun. We noticed that there are actually more baby figs on it. Unbelievable. Cut the basil back to about five inches. I ended up with an armload of it. Whipped up a batch of pesto. The organic fertilizer is perfect. The leaves on the basil are huge. I've never had such huge plants. After the rocky beginning, it is very satisfying.
Freshly cut basil


Gardeningbren said...

Erin, thank you kindly for your comments on my blog. White custard seeds were from Italy and crop is prolific. Will send some seed.

What a great start with your raised beds; in your climate they should do very very well. I love your seed list also...and yes, I was in your enchanting shop when there a short while ago. I love Sidney.

Thanks for visiting, I am enjoying your blog also.

Erin said...

Thank you so much. I would love some seeds.
I really enjoyed your blog, and I would recommend that everyone read the archive.
Next time your out this way, let's go for tea.

Mark Willis said...

Nice to find another devotee of the raised beds! I sense also that you are "in to gastronomy" a bit too, like me. We will no doubt find much in common.
BTW: I didn't realise there was a place called Sidney - I had only heard of Sydney (Australia)!

Erin said...

Hi Mark. Nice to meet you.
I really do love food and gardening. I am on the most solid clay imaginable, so I REALLY love raised beds. I am hoping to get at least one of them filled this weekend. We are finally having summer type weather here.
Sidney is on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada. I've heard that our climate is very similar to the UK. I have a very cottage style small perennial border. Most of the plants I choose are inspired by my grandmothers garden. My grandfather had a veggie garden that was about an acre. I remember sitting in the garden pulling sweet, juicy carrots, rinsing them and eating right in the garden. Then I'd move to the raspberries.
Thanks for popping into my blog. I love yours and will be following. I'd love to keep in touch.

Mark Willis said...

Hi Erin; Nice to "meet" you too. I visited Vancouver last Autumn - maybe you have read my blogpost about it (especially Granville market!)? A also did a post about a Brie-baker I bought in Granville market that came from somewhere near where you live, and this has proved to be one of my most popular posts ever.
I'm looking forward to reading how you do with your raised beds.