We have been really fortunate with the frost holding off so far. If the long range forecasts are right, we won't get a frost for at least two more weeks, possibly longer. Other areas in our province have already had their first frost, so I am really thankful that it's held off in our area … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: late season growth progress
Well, it is getting decidedly cooler when I do my morning rounds! Fall is just around the corner, but things are still holding out in the garden. Here are the gourds growing on the south facing chain link fence. The yellow flowers that you see are the Ozark Nest Egg flowers. If you look at … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: morning in the garden
The last few days have been cooler and damp. Thankfully, we have not needed to do any watering at all of late. I think some of the plants in our garden have gotten confused! 😀 We are finally getting some "big" Tennessee Dancing Gourds. Most have been turning yellow, soft and falling off before reaching … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: progress
Today is turning out to be cooler than predicted - as I write this, we are at 16C/61F, instead of the hourly forecast temperature of 22C/72F we're supposed to be getting. I'll take the cooler temperatures. Especially since the predicted rain has not happened. Oh, we're getting the odd spittle from the sky, but that's … Continue reading Brightness through the haze
As we were reaching the hottest part of the day, I had concerns about the garden. Specifically, at the squash tunnel. The summer squash are well mulched and can stay cooler and moister longer, but the melons, winter squash and gourds are not as well set up, and they need more water than most other … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: another attempt, and we have Pixies!
Today was our day to head into the city for out monthly shop, so my morning rounds were a bit earlier than usual. Which seems to confuse the outside cats! 😀 Yesterday evening, when things started to cool down, my younger daughter was a sweetheart and crawled around inside the upside down kibble house, to … Continue reading Kibble house and other progress
Today, I built what should be the last garden bed for the year. This one is for the climbers. Here is what the space looked like when I started. The original plan was to use the remaining chimney blocks, like the one in the photo, as planters along the chain link fence, but they remain … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: one last bed, and transplants
Gosh, it was so lovely to do my rounds this morning! It has finally cooled down (for all the rain we had yesterday, it was still hot and very muggy!), and as I write this, it's a lovely 17C/63F outside. There is the possibility of more rain, then things are expected to get hot and … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: progress, and some mysteries
Yes!!!!! We managed to finish transplanting tonight! I thought we might have to move beyond the squash tunnel, but since these will be trained to climb, we were able to plant them closer together than we normally would, and they all fit. Also, I was sure we had the little pumpkins to transplant. I was … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: corn, gourds, squash and melon transplants DONE!!
Just before heading inside to get out of the heat, I made sure to mist the transplants waiting for their new homes, and I found a surprise. My apologies for the out of focus photo. There is a new gourd seedling! A Thai Bottle Edible gourd sprouted! It wasn't there when I took the trays … Continue reading I almost forgot…