Monthly Archives April 2014

P for Potatoes

Categories: Vegetables.

I’ve grown potatoes in large bushel baskets for a couple of years now.  I had been doing some reading on the internet and came across some articles about folks that grew potatoes in containers or bushel baskets and I decided to give it a go as I had some bushel baskets just sitting in the garage collecting dust.
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Here, There, but not Everywhere

Categories: Garden areas, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

Every garden deserves some garden whimsy and yesterday we added another piece to the back garden.   I’ve always wanted some sort of sign post in the garden and last year when we had to remove an almost dead tree from the back of the garden the sign post started to take place.  The trunk of the tree was left in the ground and a small garden was shaped out around it.
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Reuse, Recycle, Re-invent

Categories: Container Gardening, Craf-tea, and Whimsy.

Earth Day should be every day, so why not reuse, recycle and re-invent new ways to pot up your plants this year.  It’s time to think outside the pot. Years ago I acquired an old metal washing machine tub.  It is full of natural drainage and can easily be moved to anywhere in the garden.  I’ve planted many things in this tub from veggies to plants.  This big pot of nasturtiums is one of my favourites. I’m very craf-tea and love old kettles, teapots, and tea cups.  They do take a bit more maintenance but are worth it. These are displayed each
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April in the Garden

Categories: The Garden 2014.

The weather has finally been nice for more than a day and we have been taking advantage and working in the garden.  The first big job we tackled was to get the plant tables into their new home.  They were in 3 different locations last year and by the time we got around to thinking about moving them all the plants were well established.  So it was put off till this year.
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N for Ninebark

Categories: Plants.

Ninebark or Physocarpus  are deciduous shrubs that are easy to grow.  There are several varieties, diablo and  summer wine being two of them.  This native shrub prefers full sun to part shade and  grows in the wild from east coast to Manitoba.  Most shrubs are purchased from garden centres. This ornamental shrub was planted in 2010 and is doing really well. It blooms early to mid summer.  If you need to prune this one do it in late fall or wait till well after the blooms have finished.  This is Diablo with the dark plum leaves and pink blooms.  Some times the bark peels
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It’s All Starting

Categories: The Garden 2014.

 After the long hard winter the garden is waking up.  I didn’t think I would be doing any garden review posts yet, but all of a sudden the weather has improved and I’ve been out puttering around the garden doing bits and pieces.   We’ve been taking advantage of some nice days and working outside.  Some garden art has been put up and I’m closely inspecting the gardens for signs of growth. Last year I started an almost weekly garden review so that I could keep track of what was growing, what was blooming as a means of tracking my
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I’ve Got More ‘Purse’onality

Categories: Crochet.

I recently finished another tote bag with some of the green yarn that was left over from the latest afghan.  This is a cross body bag, great for when I’m out walking.  It was made using 4 shades of green Loops & Thread Impeccable yarn. I use the pattern from Trend Setting Totes.  It’s a favourite of mine and I’ve made a few of the Jaunty Shells pattern.  Some were given as gifts but the latest ones were for me.  I love co-ordinating my bags to my outfits.  I made one in black and greys last Fall.  I’ve also got an all
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