Fall planting: the garlic is in!

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!

Thanksgiving lunch, mulch experiment and outside kitten progress

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

Fall planting; Bulls Eye Tulips

I needed to head into town today, and when I got back, the girls were just finishing planting the last of the bulbs we had. Bulls Eye Tulips. These have more finicky requirements. They are larger bulbs that need lots of sun, good drainage, and if we want them coming back year after year, deep … Continue reading Fall planting; Bulls Eye Tulips

Fall planting grape hyacinth, day two, and planning ahead

The girls were sweethearts; by the time I got outside, they had already planted at least half of the second bag of grape hyacinths. One daughter was still using the broken trowel to dig the holes! It's really unfortunate that the auger couldn't be used. 😦 That would have made the job must faster and … Continue reading Fall planting grape hyacinth, day two, and planning ahead

Frosted carnage, and we’re back to 1 1/2

After seeing how great the sunflowers did, after last night's first frost, it was time to see how the squash beds looked after a day of relative warmth. You can see how all the leaves that got hit with frost have shriveled and darkened. There is some hope, though... For many (not all) of the … Continue reading Frosted carnage, and we’re back to 1 1/2