End of June Garden II

End of June Garden II

The Secret Garden The gated community  where we live is a dream come true. Mature trees, gardens, ponds, beautiful views, wonderful neighbours, great strata council. The only thing that we both really miss is personal land to grow food, make compost, and experiment...
End of June Garden

End of June Garden

The spring planting scramble is a thing of the past and we are starting to enjoy the first fruits of our labour. It occurred to me that a look at what’s been keeping me busy (and tired) might be of interest, especially to all my urban gardening friends.  We live in a...
Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead

Last year, our kale plants provided delicious salads right through until early spring. I didn’t manage to get this year’s winter kale crop seedlings in as early (actually I was a full month later) so I can’t expect the same production from these...
Fortextacies

Fortextacies

I continue to be impressed by this amazing bean variety. At the beginning of September, I expected to pull the plants after what I considered to be a full harvest, but I’m an optimist and when I saw new blossoms, I left them alone. The vines are bedraggled and...
Tucked Up for Winter

Tucked Up for Winter

I thought about calling this post The Dark Side, but that wouldn’t be fair. The north end of the plot is getting ready for winter and won’t have any more work to do until early spring. As a result of covering this quarter with black plastic, the soil will...
The Sunny Side

The Sunny Side

Saturday defied the forecast of rain, so we headed over to the garden to do a little harvesting and cleanup. The south half of the plot yielded one zuchinni, two quarts of beans, eight carrots, seven stalks of rhubarb and a grocery bag of kale. Jim also took some time...
Kale Borscht

Kale Borscht

You’ve probably guessed that we’re big on soup. We each take a jar to work for our lunch every day and it’s always homemade. Yesterday’s trip to the garden gave us two onions, two zucchinis, a quart of Fortex beans, four gigantic Cylindra beets...
Green Velvet Soup

Green Velvet Soup

I made another easy summer soup on the weekend. Necessity is the mother of invention and I didn’t feel like using those giant zucchinis for baking. This soup turned out to be velvety, creamy and delicious. 1 sweet onion, diced 1 tablespoon butter 5-8 cloves garlic,...
Snap Pea Soup

Snap Pea Soup

I picked the bulk of the snap peas last week. After two weeks of hot, dry weather, not many of the pods looked nice enough to serve raw, although they still tasted fine. I also noticed the occasional pod with a worm inside, another reason not to put these out on a...
First Beans

First Beans

The very first of the Fortex pole beans were ready on Wednesday when I visited the garden with my almost-seven-year-old granddaughter. I fed one to her like a mother bird giving its baby a delicious worm. According to the West Coast Seeds catalogue: This stringless...

Bumper Crop

Spaghetti squash are trying to take over the entire garden. I have to keep pinching out the growing tips of the vines. It seems early to have squash this big – looks like we’re going to have another bumper crop. Last year we stacked spaghetti squash against the...