Yes, it's only the middle of November, but the girls and I are already planning for next year's gardening. We learned a lot in our first year of gardening here, and will be using that information as we expand our food growing. We have several goals and things we keep in mind when deciding what … Continue reading Garden plans for 2021
With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, we're already thinking ahead to what we can do next year. Since moving here, our long term goal has been to be as self sufficient as possible/realistic for our needs. Growing up here, my parents were subsistence farmers. My mother had a huge vegetable … Continue reading First year gardens: what worked, what didn’t
Along with the three types of garlic that came in, my daughters' flower bulbs arrived. The tulip collection included 10 bulbs each of Orca, Pinksize and Brownie, and 8 bulbs each of Black Hero, Pamplona and Vanilla Coup. There was also 6 bulbs of Gardenia Daffodil. So while I was having fun working in the … Continue reading Fall planting: the last of the flowers, plus other progress
I was so excited to finally get our bulbs this morning! Here are the three varieties of garlic we ordered. I appreciate how they add things to the label, like "best for roasting" , "rich, spicy flavour" and "big cloves with bold flavour". This is what 1 pound of each variety looks like. I wasn't … Continue reading Fall planting: the garlic is in!
Lats this morning I headed over to my mother's place with a turkey dinner to have lunch with her. On the way out, I spotted three sets of ears in the window of the cat shelter. Tiny sets of years belonging to the little kittens! I didn't dare go closer for a picture, though, because … Continue reading Thanksgiving lunch, mulch experiment and outside kitten progress
Since I went and build up a bed and walkway yesterday, I kinda had to continue today! 😀 Here is where I left off, yesterday. The goal was to create another bed with compostable material buried in it, and make a second walkway. The first thing that had to be done was to break up … Continue reading Fall clean up: preparing the second garlic bed
When I cleared out the old wood pile from the yard last year, the soil I found below was a very pleasant surprise. Still, there was a whole lot of clean up that needed to be done this spring, before we could plant anything. We were still finding some pretty strange things in there! The … Continue reading Fall clean up: I think I went overboard!
Today, I finally got to harvesting the garden beds we planted where the old wood pile used to be. This is what we started with, in the spring. You can read about how the garden plots were doing by August, here, so I won't repeat myself in this post. One of the things I've been … Continue reading Harvested: what I expected, and what I got
Yay! The squash beds in the old garden area are now all done. Also, where the pumpkin mounds were, we now have three new beds. Here is how it looked when I started. The bamboo stakes are marking where I planted the seed potatoes I found while digging up the potato beds. It should be … Continue reading Fall clean up: squash beds done
On my list of things to do today was to prep the squash beds for winter. Of course, things happened, so I started much later than intended - past 2pm - and didn't get as much done as I'd planned on. Here is how it looked when I started. The first thing I had done … Continue reading Fall clean up: starting the squash beds, plus… this could be bad!