Monthly Archives March 2017

The Driftwood Starburst

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

From my collection of collected driftwood from British Columbia I’ve made a driftwood starburst.  This was one of my winter crafting projects and I can’t wait to get it outside in a permanent home. The fun part was collecting the driftwood with the grandkids on our visits to British Columbia and then finding spots to stash it all into the suitcases.  Thank goodness it doesn’t weigh very much. I knew I wanted to make a starburst but needed some sort of backing.  On a trip to the thrift store I found an old cutting board for a couple of dollars.
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Resourceful Visitors

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

Although the calendar says it is spring the days have been chilly, windy, snowy or rainy.   The visitors keep arriving in the garden and are very resourceful at finding something to eat. The robins arrived at the end of January in a large flock that remains for the winter.   At first there were lots in the garden but lately it seems that just one or two of them have picked our garden to remain in.   We’ve had unexpected snow so far and this robin was very resourceful at finding the greenery baskets on the deck railing and
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Five Varieties of Beans

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

I’m trying different types of bean seeds this year in the garden and can’t wait to get started.  I acquired several varieties at the Seedy Saturdays I attended and while I’m waiting for planting time I’ve been doing some research and finding info on them. These are 5 different varieties for my garden, either pole beans or bush beans.  These were either purchased or came from the swap table. Heirloom Black Valentine Beans – This lovely green filet bean is known  for its sweet and “beany” taste. Mauve flowers grow on this bush variety. You can plant this in cool
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Hap-pea with Ap’pea’ling Varieties

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

After two visits to Seedy Saturdays I’m hap-pea that I’ve got five ap-pea-ling varieties of peas to grow.   Can you tell I love the play on words? I’ve got ‘purse’onality with my tote bags, ‘Soup’er Sunday recipes, personali’trees’ in my garden, 2sDay photos, craf-tea, and more. Today I’m starting a series of Be Hap-pea posts sharing different peas that I’ll be growing on the plant tables this year.  As the season progresses I will document how each of these peas grow. Tall peas – these come from a local seed source and will grow up a trellis and should be
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The Stone Tree

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

I’ve been Creative and Crafty lately and I’ve just Created a tree out of wood and stones. It was a simple project to make and will make a great addition to the garden or it can even be used for inside decoration.  It gives new meaning to that saying ‘set in stone’? All you need is a piece of old wood,  a branch or two and some flat river rocks.  You can Collect your own rocks or you can buy a bag of them from the dollar stores.  I got to use the nailer once again to fasten the branch onto the
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Printable Rhubarb Apple Crumble Recipe

Categories: Printable Recipes and Recipes.

Rhubarb Apple Crumble Recipe Rhubarb Apple Crumble  adapted from the Fruit crumble recipe from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery, revised edition 1977 Britain Ingedients 250 grams of rhubarb 250 grams of apples 100 grams to 175 grams granulated sugar Crumble topping: 150 grams of plain flour 75 grams butter, room temperature, slightly soft 50 to 75 grams caster sugar some brown sugar to sprinkle over the top before baking Method:  Cut rhubarb and apple into pieces and put into a 1 litre baking dish, mix in the sugar, as rhubarb will sink when cooking don’t be afraid to mound the fruit up
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Rattlesnake Snap Beans

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

A couple of years ago I tried a new variety of pole beans for my container garden.  These rattlesnake beans had an unusual name but they grew amazingly well. I purchase my rattlesnake bean seeds at Terra Edibles.  I’m lucky enough to live about a 5 minute drive away from this store in Foxboro, Ontario, Canada but you can order online if you aren’t close by.  They carry a huge selection of veggies and flower seeds.  Rattlesnake bean seeds are light brown with brown markings. This pole bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple
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