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!
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
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
My husband has an appointment at the heart clinic in the city today, so I was out a bit earlier to do my rounds this morning. As I write this, it's still only 1C (33F), with a "real feel" that has warmed up to -2C (28F) since I last checked. Our high today is supposed … Continue reading Frosted
Today, for the first time since we had produce we could harvest from the garden this summer, I collected nothing at all this morning. Normally, I would have at least collected a few sunburst squash. With the cooler temperatures, though, the many little squashes out there are growing a lot more slowly. I like to … Continue reading Zero
It's a good thing we started so many squashes, and ended up transplanting them as such different times. The ones that sprouted later and got transplanted later got missed by that last frost of the season, and have been quite prolific. A couple of frost damaged ones in the first bed, both zucchini, recovered enough … Continue reading Follow up: frost damaged squash
Last night, a massive storm system passed over us. In parts of the province, there were tornado warnings. Here, we had rain. Finally. It started to rain somewhere around 2am, and didn't stop until about 7am, and we might still get more, later. For all the watering of the gardens we've been trying to keep … Continue reading Resilient
Zucchini and sunburst squash I gathered this morning. Yesterday, I made a sort of hash, first browning potatoes, cubed small, in butter, then adding leek and frying until softened. I cubed sunburst squash, a green zucchini and a grey squash (the lighter coloured, kinda striped, kind of zucchini; our grocery stores label them as grey … Continue reading What shall I do with you, today?
I realized I've neglected to take progress photos of some of our garden beds, so I got a few this morning. Here are our two potato beds. I was shooting blind, because my phone's screen went completely black in the sunlight. Still, you can see the potatoes among the mulch, separated by a path of … Continue reading How does the garden(s) grow?