Monday, 11 June 2012

The busy season

is upon us :)

  Blogging takes a back seat to planting, weeding, seeding, transplanting, staking, watering, covering, uncovering and digging.

The greens garden is doing well - we've enjoyed kale, spinach and lettuce from it so far.  Peas are growing up along the fence, and brassicas are tucked in under the row cover to avoid the pesky cabbage moths!

Mrs. Blue is busy, too :)  She and her sister have both been broody for over 2 weeks - sadly we have no fertile eggs for her to sit on at the moment...

These strawberry plants are busy blooming and I've been busy keeping the weeds from taking over the bed! Stubborn quack grass is my enemy here...

We have (at long last) a new deck being build at the back of the house.  Work starts tomorrow!  I can't wait to have a place to gather and share meals with family and friends after 3 years of waiting...

The lumber for the project was delivered on Saturday.  We received 5 quotes and got a great deal on the whole order.  It really pays to shop around....

Rain barrels have been placed near the garden...  no time for fancy spigots just yet... it's crude, but it works to dip the watering can so until things settle down here, that's just what I'll be doing.

And again...  by the greenhouse.  This one siphons easily with a hose.  I can't wait until we have some time to side the greenhouse to pretty it up a bit.  Never mind - it's what's inside that counts, right?  Patience.

These tomatoes are 2 very early varieties that are exceptionally cold hardy (Manitoba and Stupice). They were planted in the main garden to free up greenhouse space for later and more tender varieties.  I've removed the hoop house cover to allow the plants to receive a good soaking as we've had a lot of rain lately which is so nice for the garden - much better than watering.

My herbs and flowers that are interplanted in the garden are all coming up!  These are calendula and will hopefully benefit the potatoes :)

My greenhouse tomatoes are LOADED with blossoms!  That rich chicken manure sure does a great job feeding them and the collected rain water that I've been watering with seems to be the icing on the cake.

These watermelon seedlings are ready to go in the ground ~ don't they look healthy?  They love the greenhouse.

A lovely peony, given to me by my neighbour... theirs needed to be divided and moved.  I know that it will need a long time to settle into a new home, so I'll have to be patient.  I can do that.  Good things are worth the wait!

And last but not least, tomatoes for my son and his wife.  They are now settled comfortably into a basement suite which means they have space for a little garden while they save for their house!

This is the time of year so full of life and activity... I'm in my element!


  1. Everything looks wonderfully healthy! A tribute to your care and attention.
    P.S. I think it is so very cute how you always remind yourself "patience." in many of your posts. I need that reminder pretty much daily, too ;)

  2. It is easy to see how busy you and your family are this time of year. How wonderful to have a new "deck" in the works.....

  3. Just stumbled upon your blog, love it. You have so much space around you. But it must be a busy time too. Beautiful photo's.

  4. Yes, Jaime, I have to remind myself constantly to be patient. Good grief, since moving here I've had to really stretch myself in that department, LOL! There's only so much of us to go around....

    Thanks, Meggie and Gerda :)

  5. hello
    your garden looks many good things have you the strawberry.wish you luck with the peonias.
    have a nice time,
    love regina

  6. Looks like everything is thriving at your place. It is hard to be patient seeing everything growing!