Category Archives: Gardening

Flurry of Saturday and Sunday Flurries

 

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First I had to deal with my sprouts. The quinoa, like last time, sprouted red and green stems and had a peculiar odour which I would normally associate with socks. This is the “healthy” smell that I described before when I made Quinoa and Honey Bread. Theresa and her dad came over because they wanted to watch me feed the bees. I fed them pollen patties that arrived in the mail this week and some medicated sugar syrup. I am medicating my bees for American Foulbrood and Nosema. These are two out of about 4 causes for the recent drop in honeybees.

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After this, we went to Theresa’s and made fresh pasta to have with our spaghetti.

p3140021Then we built beehives.

p3140022p3140023p3140024But today it’s snowing. I had big plans for the garden. I wanted to do some weeding at Clam Bay. Big plans! I think Winter is haunting me. And taunting me.

I’m not impressed.

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The Nutritional Fairy

If only there was a fairy that could come along and deposit vitamins under your pillow at night, closely related to the tooth fairy. She would ensure that you were eating a balanced diet, or she would assign the tooth fairy as her hitman. But, as the obese people of North America exemplify, this is not the case.

I strive to eat healthy. I concoct all sorts of fooling devices to ensure that Marc eats healthy. I try not to go on diets (because I don’t have the self control for them.) and I try to do things in moderation. So what do you think about “Healthy Cookies?”

p31000132These cookies have everything BUT the kitchen sink. They are composed of whatever I have left after making granola. Now, I do not have a nutritional break down of these cookies, but I think the Fairy would approve.

I look forward to being able to make soup from veggies I grew. But for now, we’ll have to settle with heirloom organic lentil and rice mix from the store. Marc has a special talent with making good soups into¬† Miraculous Soups!

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To encourage ourselves with our store-bought soup we reconstituted, we took a drive to check on our seedlings. Note the one with leaves. They are not mine! Mine are the ones still sleeping under the black soil. Lesley’s seeds are a couple weeks ahead of mine so it gives mine courage to poke through their new world.

p3100015p3100017So as we cheer the seeds on, we dream. Wishing the seeds all the success and the snow to melt quickly. Thank you Fairy, for all the wisdom!

Planning the Garden

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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!

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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.

Today is Friday

Thank goodness for Friday! I’m in my jeans today and I’m getting up slowly. My head is whirring with the possibilities of starting my garden this weekend. We found a spot at a friend’s property that is already all fenced in. The gate on it is an adorable old wooden gate. I’ll take pictures next time I’m up there. I have big plans for this garden but since I’ve never had a garden, it’s hard to know where to start!

p3020014Ok, just to clarify, these seeds are not mine. But mine will look like that in another couple weeks. (Here’s for being optimistic!) The garden has been in disuse now for quite a few years. There are four fruit trees in the garden that we’d like to plant around. One cherry tree (which needs some serious care. Anyone know a cherry tree doctor?) a plum tree, an apple tree and a pear tree.

We’re going to try this “new” technique to avoid roto-tilling. We’re going to lay a layer of cardboard/newspaper, then cover it with lawn clippings, then top soil, and theoretically you can plant right through the newspaper as it deteriorates. And it kills the sod underneath. This is a suggestion from the land-owner and a glossy gardening magazine she bought me. Hopefully it works. We’ll start with a smaller garden this year. Some potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, leeks and tomatoes. Then we’ll get bigger next year. Sweet peas, melons, pumpkins, etc etc. Or we’ll realize this is way too much work and downsize a little.

Since I’ve never started a garden before, if anyone has any suggestions, I’m welcome to them!