Monday, July 21, 2014

July 20 - Weather Back to Normal

Just through a two week hot spell and the squash and nasturtiums are loving the weather - have a look at the baby Luongo zucchini

our new compost bins have arrived - a big thank you!!
Sugar Ann peas are up but nibbled leaves are evident ........ even the carrots managed to sprout in this heat with intermittent watering!!  no parsnips showing yet though

the assorted green beans look lush (and over crowded) but only three wee beans to be found ........ hopefully next week we will have a crop -

the harvest ...... beautiful dahlias, fragrant sweet peas, baby squash, chard, kale, potatoes and lettuce - although the lettuce is likely finished as milky sap was evident on harvest

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 6 - Water Weed and Harvest

Garlic rust this year in the garden ........ so decided to harvest - bulbs are still edible but tops are put in the trash, not the compost  - will monitor how well these cure with shortened tops ....

This  rust only affects alliums - our chive plants were removed earlier as they were the first to show rust

out comes the garlic to make room for fall/winter crops - Gladiator parsnips, Nantes coreless and Nutri Red carrots and two rows of Sugar Ann snap pea

Tomato plants are looking healthy with some nice tomatoes starting to size up - these are Fish Lake Oxheart

Volunteers hard at work .......

and today's harvest - Silverado and Eldorado chard, garlic, mint and Amish Deer Tongue and Sweetie Baby Romaine lettuces

Saturday, July 5, 2014

June 29 - Lots to Harvest

Just two of us at the garden today - so we decided to tidy and harvest .....

looking good - a big shout out to Tom for taking on this job!!

the cucumbers thrive while the peppers struggle

tomatoes in new Bed 3A are looking very healthy - Fish Lake Oxheart, Yasenichki Yabuchar, Margaret Curtain and Maglia Rosa

neat and tidy - almost time for garlic and potato harvest

The harvest - shelling peas, raspberries, blueberries, mixed lettuce, chard, kale, garlic, chives and potatoes!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 22 Summertime!

Summer's here ...... and time to harvest raspberries (yum) and sow squash (Delicata Honey Boat, Early Butternut and Sunburst Scallopini)
Garden overview - pole beans just starting to climb (far left), tomatoes, potatoes and nastursiums all looking good;  lots of mint to harvest in our herb garden - chilled mint tea is a great summer refresher and this looks good too - the Nojito

Also time for garden maintenance - new broom test run and time to get the raspberries under control -  new post should help
Can't forget the harvest - Little Marvel and Alderman peas, Green Pearl Gai Lan, assorted lettuce greens, kale and raspberries

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 15 No Need to Water Today

The morning started out with harvesting and trimming ........

the cabbage moth's favourite food in our garden is kale - lots of chewed leaves - but still lots of baby kale to harvest

tomatoes are looking healthy and the potatoes are flowering - Bed 8 Yukon Gold was harvested for some tasty baby potatoes ....... and just in time before record breaking rains came - what a team - totally soaked but still working!!

and the fruits of our labour - mixed kales, potatoes, mint, lettuce and garlic scapes - yum

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June 8 The Garden Green

An explosion of growth in our garden as mid-June approaches ...... the garlic scapes are ready for harvest - check out this site for recipes
and the potato plants are in flower - almost time to harvest a few baby potatoes

Little Marvel peas approach harvest time, the tomatoes are now staked and the cucumbers are thriving
a great harvest of baby kale and salad greens
and check out this little critter - a ladybug larva

June 1 Garden Improvements

We now have two rain barrels, and after much digging and levelling they are looking good - our hope is to improve our watering routine with easier access to water .....
and the garden continues to grow - garlic and potatoes - assorted green beans - kale and super gourmet salad blend
we harvested the few remaining spinach plants gowing to seed in Bed 11 and filled the space with a row of Ella dill

also time to stake tomatoes .......

Monday, May 26, 2014

May 25 Rain is Good

Managed to get lots done in the garden this morning before the rains came ......

arrived to find two of our precious peppers gone - this was rather heartbreaking as they were started from seed and nurtured for three months!!
but on to happier times - harvested some wee potatoes and planted a nice selection of greens and flowers

garden beds are full and look wonderful - May is such an encouraging month ........

and the harvest:  potatoes, radishes, mint, Gai Lan and Yu Choi Sum