Planning the Garden


This is the site of my future garden. And I’m feeling overwhelmed. There are blackberry bushes to the right, rose bushes on the inside of the wooden fence. At the back there are the fruit trees. The far back left corner is where we’re going to grow our veggies. It’s the sunniest area. Can I just say, I wish I knew what I was doing! I feel like I have not done enough reading about gardening. I’m going to have to launch into research mode and get myself caught up on the art of producing produce!


Perhaps it’s the snow fall from last night, but I’m having trouble imagining little carrot tops, leeks, onions, garlic, potatoes and tomatoes dotting the garden. We were thinking of putting sweet peas and melons against the inside fence so that the deer can’t nibble. But next year. The poly-tunnel you see in the back right is our neighbour’s garden that borders onto ours. They are excellent gardeners and produce veggies for the farmer’s market. I’m hoping they’ll be an excellent resource.

A friend on island is also hoping to start a veggie garden this year. She keeps waffling on if she should plant, or wait, and should she or shouldn’t she… And I keep saying “Just do it! You’ll learn as you go!” so I reiterate my wreckless confidence back to myself! This is not a performance. This is just vegetables. Just do it!

p3080005This is our future house. In June we’ll be caretaking a very large amount of property. Our plans for this land stretch longer than the sheep fence! We’re very excited!

Can you picture it? I’m starting to.

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Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

4 Thoughts on “Planning the Garden

  1. Ivan on 9 March, 2009 at 1:38 am said:

    Good luck with the garden. Is it located on the property you’re caretaking?

    I like your blog. One of my main problems when I blogged was the visual one — it was all very ugly and text-centric — but all the photos you’ve added goes a long way in overcoming that issue. Nice work :)

  2. Sandi on 9 March, 2009 at 2:45 am said:

    Yes, and yes. I can picture it and I know it’ll be amazing!! So wish I could be there to turf-toss!

  3. Rebecca on 9 March, 2009 at 4:17 am said:

    hey Manda! Fantastic little blog, and fantastic garden plans :) I’d love to come over one weekend, and get my hands dirty with you! I LOVE soil! lol I know you’ll do a great job, and to think I used to be weary of your plant care taking skills! ;)

  4. Hey! I’m on Gabriola and totally experiencing the same overwhelming feelings… lol You’re on Pender, right?

    This is also my first time doing a veggie garden in BC (I gardened with my mom in prairie AB growing up), so it’s all highly experimental. I’m trying a lasagna garden this year, and so far I’ve done layers in the following order (the bottom of the list if the bottom layer):

    black tarp held down with rocks
    llama pooh
    kitchen scraps
    cardboard (to kill the grass and weeds)

    I subscribed to your blog and hope you’ll check mine out at :)

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