Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
|My very hard working man. I think this was right before he cut |
through the yellow extension cord with my loppers.
Thank goodness for rubber handles.
|The Cotoneaster seedling made it!!|
|What it will look like in a few years.|
The shed is beyond awesome. There are just a few things that need to be moved in there from the greenhouse. When I get the potting bench done, all the little pots can go on the shelf under the bench. Why does that excite me so? Does anyone else get this excited about their garden shed?
I did a little watering and pruned dead bits off the blueberries. As I was pruning, I was wondering...will we get enough berries to make a batch of jam? I wonder.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
It says it is eight degrees outside. I suppose technically it is, but yet again, there is arctic cold in the air. It may be eight, but it feels like zero. Due to the arctic freeze, I snugged the fig up beside the greenhouse.
Monday, March 19, 2012
I mixed up a batch of fish fertilizer and fertilized the fruit trees, the growing veg and the rhubarb.
|Baby lettuce's bursting forth by the hundreds.|
|A great lover of humor and whimsy needs a gnome|
I then planted some white onion bulbs in the garlic bed.
Last but not least, I planted ten Jersey Knight Asparagus in the lasagna bed in two rows. Approximately half the bed will be asparagus. So now we hurry up and wait. About three years I hear.
|Newly planted rows of asparagus|
Thursday, March 15, 2012
|Not too clear...but you get the idea|
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Seeding bedding plants with a torn Rotator Cuff, out of place shoulder blade and a back rebelling because of it all.
*update. It wasn't a torn rotator cuff after all. After months of it getting steadily worse, I booked a massage at the urging of my chiropractor. Thank you to Britta at Phi Massage in Sidney, for fixing it!! Two massages and I'm just about perfect.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Jess and I went on a garden centre extravaganza today. I found a large terracotta plant dish. It was glazed...presto...birdbath. I have an upturned pot by the greenhouse. It has a depression in the bottom which is full of water. The birds have been using it as a water source and a birdbath all winter. I want to provide them with a larger dish.
Jess has a huge terrace at her new condo. We picked up a bunch of veg and flower seeds for her. I'm going to provide her with tomato plants. She grabbed some netting and plant ties. She's good to go.
I have been looking for Sluggo for a week. I've checked Home Depot, Marigold, Elk Lake, Home Hardware and Capital Iron. I had all but given up. I wrote to the company that makes Sluggo and they told me that I would find it as Scott's Ecosense slug and snail bait or slug b gone. (I don't really want to buy from Scotts, but no one else seems to make this type of bait in Canada. I finally located it at, gulp, Walmart. A double whammy.) It is composed of Iron Phosphate which is supposed to break down in the soil as it is a naturally occurring compound in soil. Thank you Erica of Northwest Edible Life!!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
1. There is an old 33 year old willow tree in the corner I wanted it.
2. This willow corner floods in the winter. The water table rises to about five inches above ground.
So yesterday, long suffering husband Allan, took out the tape measure to figure out if it would squeeze along side the huge willow trunk. Barely. Then he hatched a plan to elevate it. Using pier posts, 2x4's and plywood, he raised a platform. Today when I got home..ta da, shed is done. How lucky am I.
Monday, March 05, 2012
I started my day with a Marigold Nursery run. Picked up a load of compost, manure and potting soil. Just happened by the berry section and grabbed a black currant and a rhubarb plant. When I dug the hole for the Strawberry Red Rhubarb, there was no sign of last years plant that I grew from a root. I do believe I am one of very few people that can kill one.Allan and I carefully scoped out the location for the Rainier Cherry. It is behind the Shiro plum. It was really cold, but we took our time and planted it very well. Bone meal, manure, compost, staked with rebar, and planted with love.
Oh yes...when I was at Marigold, I found out the fruit trees will be in next weekend. I think I'll put some larger fruit trees in the front yard. I like the idea of the four different varieties on one tree.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
I got a dozen Lily of the Valley pips from Marigold Nursery and planted them in my front garden under the Japanese Maple and Rhododendron. My mother always had them at whatever house we were living in. They were a constant, so I have a real soft spot for them. They don't seem to grow really well on the coast, but I keep trying anyway.
My sister Jess came over for her chive division. She dropped off a nice chunk of garlic chives for me. How fun.
I perused the yard for about a half hour and scouted a location for the Rainier Cherry. I was thinking of putting it in the front yard, but I don't think it would be a good idea to put a lovely dwarf cherry in the front. I'm thinking maybe a semi-dwarf fruit tree. Apple? Nectarine? What do you think? A Semi-dwarf would have a lot more fruit, which could be shared among passers by and still have lots left for us.