Monthly Archives March 2016

Out and About During March

Categories: Out and About and Through My Lens.

March came in lovely and March is leaving with a rainy day.  In between the weather was changeable from ice storms to snow to rain and some nice warm days.  We took advantage when we could and got out and about enjoying ourselves – from walking to attending different events. We went to the second Seedy Saturday for this year.  This one was held in a school in the next town over and was smaller than the first one we went to but it was just as interesting. We got to talk to knowledgable people about growing garlic, worm factories, and making
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Purple Hyacinth Beans

Categories: Plants, Seeds, and Vegetables.

Purple hyacinth beans or lablab purpureus. This is an ornamental, annual vine that I grow for the lovely flowers and coloured beans. Plants like full sun and will grow well on a south facing wall.  Soil should have good drainage. The interesting little seeds made me think of a mouth on a head with no eyes.  Plant seeds outside after all chance of frost has passed.  Or start inside about 4 to 6 weeks before planting outside.  Seeds will germinate in 10 to 15 days. About 7 days later the seeds were sprouting. And a few more days after that the
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Rescue Nests

Categories: Crochet.

Here is a fantastic project to do some yarn stash busting and help an amazing wildlife cause.  I’ve been busy with the crochet hook making rescue nests. Thanks to Nicola at Nicola Knits for sharing this information about the Wildlife Rescue Nests site.   From the website you can download individual patterns or all of them in pdf format.  Their Facebook page has lots of photos showing how they use these rescue nests with injured and abandoned animals. The nests are crocheted with a double stand of worsted weight yarn to enable close stitches and little space for tiny feet or claws to poke through.
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Growing Bags of Potatoes

Categories: Vegetables.

Nothing beats that taste of homegrown potatoes.  Here is how I grew several bags of potatoes, easily and without the back breaking work of digging them up. The past couple of years I’ve grown potatoes in bushel baskets and containers and you just have to tip them out when it’s time to harvest them.  But last year all the containers were accounted for but I had been getting some big bags over the past couple of years and decided to grow potatoes in bags.  I was inspired by seeing huge bags used as planters at Canada Blooms last year. I started with
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Getting Out and About

Categories: Out and About and Through My Lens.

February has come and gone with very changeable weather.   We try to get out and about when the weather is nice and of course the camera is always a companion. One of the places we drive by and frequently have to stop is the traffic lights in Frankford.  Right on the corner is an old building with a lot of history. It was originally a Molson Bank.  This was a bank founded in Montreal 1855 by the sons of John Molson, who founded the Molson brewery.  Did you know Molson was in the bank business as well as the brewery
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