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
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
I have been using the food and water bowls outside to slowly get the little kittens used to coming to the cat house, where they will hopefully get curious enough to go inside and discover how nice and dry and warm it is in there. There had been quite a crowd at the food bowls … Continue reading Getting a little closer, and… another one
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!
Before heading outside to do my morning rounds, I spotted 3 kittens out the window... ... playing on the roof of their cat house! Of course, as soon as I went outside, they ran off, but mystery kitten stayed to spy on me. It was so funny to see her hide behind the frame, pop … Continue reading Morning cuteness, and a sad little gourd
Yesterday evening, while doing my rounds and walking around the back of the house, I startled some babies! Butterscotch seems to have moved her kittens from the junk pile to under the garden shed. Her kittens are getting so much bigger and more adventurous, wandering further afield in the yard. I suspect this has something … Continue reading Getting bigger
Check out this sunflower!! It's just towering above the others! I figure it's getting close to 7 ft tall. 🙂 There are a couple of others that are getting really tall, too. Like this one. You can really see the huge seed head developing on this one - and it should get much, much bigger! … Continue reading How does the garden grow?
I was feeling a lot like this, today! We normally try to keep Sunday as a day of rest, and today, it seemed I really needed it. It's as if the heat from the past couple of days have sucked the energy right out of me! 😦 Thankfully, today has been a much "cooler" 24C/75F. … Continue reading Quiet Sunday, and thinking seeds
With this being our first attempt to do any gardening since we've moved back to my family farm, we are learning quite a lot. One of those things is, there are a lot more rocks in the old garden than I remember as a kid! I had broken up some of the hillier parts that … Continue reading Garden stuff update, and shortened term plans