For at least a decade, there has been an increase in people who have decided to move out of the cities, get themselves an acreage, and live as self-sufficiently as possible. Which is basically, how I grew up. Things have really changed, though, and modern homesteaders have a lot more resources, options and choices than … Continue reading So you want to grow a “survival garden”
With all but one order of seeds having arrived, I decided to do an inventory of what we have, including what we have left over from this past year's garden. I was a bit surprised by some of them. One surprise was the Spoon tomatoes. We had two packets of those, and while I thought … Continue reading Our seed inventory, and a feedback request
Last night, I heard from one of our neighbours, asking if we were missing some kittens. It seems that several kittens were sighted on the road by our place, and while one was caught, there were others around. They were not ours; by the age estimate, they were about 5 months younger than ours, plus … Continue reading Our 2021 garden, still going!
Here we are, in the middle of October, and still there are things in the garden to pick! Yesterday evening, I went out to work on the high raised garden bed a bit. The notches at the north end needed to be finished. In particular, I needed to deepen the ones at the ends of … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: final harvest? Yes, no and maybe!
This morning, I went through all the sweet corn blocks and harvested anything the looked like it might have a few kernels on it. 😀 I can't remember which variety I'd planted in each block, but you can really tell the difference in them! I'd started with the southernmost block, which almost filled my giant … Continue reading Our 2021 garden; enjoying a sad little corn harvest
If you're on Facebook, you know how they pop things into your news feed that you posted, X number of years ago today? Yesterday, I saw one of those, with a photo I posted, three years ago. After a snowfall. Not only have we blown past our average first frost date of Sept. 10, but … Continue reading More garden surprises
One last garden update to post, interrupted by having to make a run to the post office to pick up a package before they closed! 😀 With the kittens mashing down the netting on two of the beds in the old kitchen garden, I finally gave in and removed the mesh completely. With the beets … Continue reading Fall garden update: carrot and beet surprise!
In the main garden area, which will be a permanent garden, we've still got the two beds covered with mesh to protect them from the deer. Unfortunately, that leaves them pretty neglected, due to the difficulty in moving such long frames. Of the radishes we planted, there are two French Breakfast radishes that survived the … Continue reading Fall garden update: the covered beds
I was rather pleased with this morning's harvest! I am just amazed that we still have beans to pick, this late in the season! Even a single yellow bean. 😀 If the mild temperatures continue, we will be getting more yellow beans, too. There are new beans growing, all over the row! From what I … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: morning in the garden, and first lettuce!
When I did my morning rounds, I didn't harvest anything, as there didn't seem to be any need, yet. Then I did my evening rounds, and found that a lot can change by the end of the day! Spoon Tomatoes (and Potato Beetle)Mosaic Medley tomatoes As you can see, the tomato plants are dying back, … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: evening harvest