Gaaaarden Tour!

For those of you who read the blog for the cute kid, the rowdy bees, and the gulf island mayhem, then this entry will not be for you. This is written because of our inexcusable record keeping. This is to remember the garden but basically they are a bunch of pictures of leafy greens sprouting from the ground.


This is the far left of the garden. Last year we had onions in this bed. This year we think we may still plant bush beans. After lots of hard work turning it over, we may forget about it entirely. To be seen.



This bed is entirely tomatoes with one parsnip plant that we are letting to go seed. (Much to the bees’ delight.)IMG_1349

The second bed is also tomatoes. This year we have Scarlet Heirloom tomatoes, Romas, Manitobas, Purple Calabash and Garden Delight Cherry tomatoes. The first ripe tomato this year was June 17th. Last year it was June 27th. 10 days early this year! But it isn’t until the first or second week of July that they really start pouring in.


Next to the tomatoes are the potatoes. And a sunflower at the end of the row. We didn’t have enough potatoes to plant the whole row, so we have just put in some beans to finish the row. I did that a couple days ago. They haven’t sprouted yet. I find planting seeds such an act of faith. Hoping against practicality that something will shoot forth and grow.IMG_1351 IMG_1354 IMG_1355 IMG_1357

Next to the potatoes are onions. We did half the bed from sets and half from seeds transplanted from the greenhouse. Onions are ‘White Wing’, ‘Red Wing’ and ‘Walla Walla’ from seed. Sets were called ‘Yellow’… ?


Next to the onions are the beans. Now this bed got all funny. We took compost to enrich the soil and out sprouted a bunch of chard, and a lot of tomatoes! We don’t know what kind they are but they are flowering and setting small tomatoes on them so I guess we will see. They were crowding out the beans so we had to move the tomatoes into other beds and give away a lot of plants. The beans are Scarlet Runners and Kentucky Wax Wonder.


Next to the beans are some leeks, some onions, some carrots and our third attempt at planting parsnips. We have never had success growing leeks. Yeah I know everyone says they are easy. But it’s all about what your garden wants to grow. Ours apparently didn’t want to grow leeks. Until this year. Also, we have had very limited success with carrots. This year, our carrots are rock-awesome. Last year we had so many parsnips we could have eaten them throughout the winter. This year, we have 3. 3 plants! I have replanted again so maybe the heat will help sprout these babies.IMG_1361

This bed is Gabrielle and my bed of “organic gardening.” Marc is the computer scientist among us who makes sure we rotate the beds properly, and plant according to a plan chart. This bed was labeled “Greens” on garden chart. So Gabrielle has her nasturtiums in there. (They don’t taste as good as she imagined.) We have kale, chard, beets, mustard, arugula and radishes in there. A mishmash. Which truly is what the whole garden would be if it weren’t for Marc’s organization.IMG_1365Next to the Greens bed are the peas. Which were a bit of a disaster. They are producing peas. But we started planting them in February and we planted probably 4-6 times to fill in gaps and combat slugs. Next year, we will stick to planting peas in April because we get the pods at the same time anyway.


And this (above) is where the garlic was. We just pulled it. It’s a bit early to pull the garlic out but it was looking sad and yellow. And now we get to use the bed for something else. All those seeds sitting in our seed drawers, and the dirt in the ground. It is like potential screaming to be realized. The soil yells at me, “I could be food!” So I try to fill the space so I can sleep at night without this shouting in my ears.

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The plum tree dips it’s fruit into our garden and the beans climb up their poles to meet them. When the wind blows we get to see them dance.

….yes, it’s that enchanting.IMG_1387 IMG_1388 IMG_1397 IMG_1402 IMG_1404 IMG_1408

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

5 Thoughts on “Gaaaarden Tour!

  1. love seeing all the goodies growing in your garden. And what a fun way to keep a record of it :)

  2. Megan Oriah on 12 July, 2014 at 6:39 am said:

    AMAZING! We just bought out house, so it will take a lot of work from now, but this is what I hope my garden will be like by this time next year. You’re an inspiration in every way Amanada. And thanks for spreading that compost so I could end up with a few of those voluntary tomato plants!!!

    • Megan Oriah on 12 July, 2014 at 6:40 am said:

      *AMANDA, I meant. I seem to have a particular affection for the letter ‘a’.

  3. sandi on 13 July, 2014 at 8:37 pm said:

    Ah, lovingly said as lovingly planted. Thank you for the tour and another reason to smile. xo

  4. Your garden is just amazing Amanda — it might be the one thing that makes me want to stop sailing and find a house somewhere!! Thanks for sharing :)

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