Archives for The Garden 2017

Getting More Seasonal

Categories: Birds, The Garden 2017, and What's Been Happening?.

~ The weather is getting more seasonal as we move into October.  The Fall colours haven’t been as spectacular this year and the past few days have been rainy and windy causing the leaves to flutter to the ground. We have a few different ways to check on the weather, besides just looking or standing outside.  One of them is a Fitzroy storm glass.  For just about all of the summer this barometer didn’t register anything and I was beginning to think it wasn’t working and needed resetting.  But in the past couple of weeks the crystal formations have been
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Fall-ing into October

Categories: Lens Friends and The Garden 2017.

  We are into a new season now.  September finished off with a really hot spell, in fact some of the days were hotter than the in July and August.  A quick rain storm abruptly brought that weather to an end and in a matter of minutes the temperature started dropping down. It was so hot the squirrel was relaxing under the back tree. The garden has been un-decorated and all stored away in the garage and shed.  I planted up a new couple of new yucca plants that I had grown from some root when a big plant got
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Seedy or Potty?

Categories: The Garden 2017.

    September has arrived with cooler mornings and evenings as summer winds down for the last 20 or so days.  It’s that time in the garden when gardeners go potty or seedy! The pots of plants are coming to an end and most of mine are getting emptied and stored.  The veggie pot garden has finished and the last of the plants have been pulled and composted.  We had a wonderful harvest of rhubarb, tomatoes, peas, beans, radishes, lettuce and potatoes.  Now it’s time to get seedy … and gather seeds from various plants in the garden. Seeds and
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A Busy August

Categories: The Garden 2017 and What's Been Happening?.

  On a really humid and muggy day when we are having thunder storms and heavy rain pass through I’m taking some time to share some August activities.  It’s been a busy month of day trips, reading, crochet and some gardening.  I’ve been neglecting my garden journal so it is a good day to catch up. We went to visit the grandkids at the trailer and did lots of dipping for sunfish off the dock.  We’ve also been out on some lovely backroads drives especially into The County.  We visited Mount Pelion, Cherry Valley, Picton and The Unconventional Moose in
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Moving Right into August

Categories: Books, Crafty's Projects, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

  Another month has made it’s appearance.  The weather has been changeable – from hot and humid days, to wet and windy ones.  The garden either needs watering or it is water logged with rain! The beans did amazingly well and I’ve picked lots and lots.  We’ve had several dinners and I’ve frozen lots for the winter.  They came in all shapes and sizes, each with their own taste. But no matter the colour or shape when they were chopped up and put in the steamer they all looked kind of similar.  The different varieties are labelled above if you
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Harvest Time

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

The harvesting of peas and beans is happening.  Actually the peas are just about finished but all the varieties of beans are just starting.  I planted several types of beans and peas this year so I could document the growth and compare them. The purple pole beans grew really well, tall, lots of purple blooms, and lots of long purple beans.  When trimmed, cut and steamed they ended up being green.  Darn, I was looking forward to purple beans on my plate. The yellow Gold Rush beans also grew really well with lots of white flowers and plenty of long
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Be Hap-pea with Monk Peas

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

Monk peas have a fascinating story with them and are classified as heirloom seeds.  Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, discovered the basic principles of heredity.  after extensive studies and used peas most of the time because the offspring could be quickly and easily produced.  These seeds grow into dwarf plants with pink and white flowers and are perfect for making pea soup.  They were planted on May 14, 2017 and by May 19 they were sprouting. The pretty pink and white flowers started to appear by mid June and the small pea pods developed as the flowers finished. On July 12, with the
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The Promise of Tasty Veggies

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

  The month of July has arrived.  June broke all rainfall records as it just kept raining and raining and in between we had a few lovely sunny and warm days.  We all know we shouldn’t over water our plants but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature!  We are on the verge of being water logged! On my last garden update I shared the different garden areas and this time I’m sharing the kitchen gardens on my plant tables.  I love popping out the back door and just off the deck to pick the fresh veggies.  The plants
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Visiting the Gardens

Categories: The Garden 2017.

June is just about gone and it was a wet and wild month.  We have received more than the usual amount of rain for the month and there are still a few days to go.  The gardens are LUSH!  So many of the plants are bigger now than they were towards the end of last season when we had a drought. I name all my gardens and wanted to share some photos of them with you.  Frequently I just share various plants in each garden. First up is the windmill garden, one that I’ve been working on this year with
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Yellow Bloomers

Categories: The Garden 2017.

  The garden is amazing and there are so many different yellow blooms this week.  Who knew yellow came in so many different shades?  We had a few very hot and humid days and we’ve had some terrific short downpours of rain.  I think I’ve only had to water the veggies once or twice. The yellow honeysuckle vine is blooming.  I can’t get too close to get photos as the wren’s nest is among these branches and the young are hatched and busy being fed by the mom and pop. I”ve been able to move lots of plants from the
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