Cool days

It has been a wonderful season, soon I will go and take pictures to post. Today is rainy, lovely rain. Unfortunately, my writing gets interrupted by  life, but for me, that is why I write! It’s not about the best garden story, it’s about a journey through my life.

My edible peas are now ready, and I picked the first tomatoes last night. The cucs are babies, barely there, and the beans are just flowering! We have managed to harvest almost all of the new potatoes, and I see beets! Real beets…I am so excited. It has taken some trial and error with raised bed gardens, to find just the right location for various plant but I am finally getting it right! The beets settled in nicely in a warmer location, while the beans are flourishing in a shady spot!

I planted the green house full of basil, peppers, cucs and watermelon. Full indeed. It is a tiny space that is overgrown again! I love it! The peppers have peppers on them and the basil did amazingly well! But the green house is only 4′ x 6′ so….overgrown it is and …. it makes me smile.

Hubby had a set back with a minor heart attack so I have been a bit distracted to write, however, we are both home and taking on a new lease in life. I haven’t walked so much…ever! Grateful for the health we have and even though I am distracted a bit from writing, I am still enjoying that garden! Pictures coming soon…I hope

Rhubarb Juice

What happens every spring? The Rhubarb grows like mad…and I LOVE it. I make rhubarb juice and freeze it to enjoy all winter long! Simple.

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Pull the stalks of rhubarb, remove the leaves and a bit of the bottom stem (or leave it if it is clean. Wash, cut into 3 to 4 inch chunks. Put in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off. Add honey (or maple syrup) vanilla and/or cinnamon. Let stand overnite. In the morning, drain through a sieve. Bottle, or put into freezable containers and ‘voila’. You are done! Yummy

Glorious Rain!

Timing is everything so they say! Garden is planted and today the moisture arrived. A lovely slow rain that is greening up the earth and refreshing the land! One would think that with a low mood, rain would not be a welcome site, but it is really a nice soft rain, the kind that you would love to stand in, if it were just a tad warmer! The temperature dropped significantly last night and all day today, so nope, I am not interested in standing out there.

I did go outside to get to my truck, on my way to a massage therapy appointment. That may account for an uplift in mood as well. Massage is something I invest in for myself, on a very regular basis. I have for years. I know where I carry my stress and I also am not of great stature, so some heavy gardening, and my back is hooped. Regardless, I have a great relationship with my therapist and when I occasionally forget my appointment, she calls me, and squeezes me in. Because I do that…today…not the first time!

I also slept last night for 11 hours! Sleep is the cure for so many things. Part of my life I spent working in mental health and we had a saying: tired mind, strange thoughts. It is true. Not enough sleep affects not only our thoughts, but our whole physical and mental well being. I finally relented the fight and took melatonin and slept! Why do we fight ourselves when we know better?

Now I am looking forward to warm days and to getting to a couple of my favorite nurseries for some tomatoes and peppers to complete the veggie side of the garden. I have a wonderful friend with a wonderful greenhouse that I worked at for 3 seasons, and I usually purchase there. I will again this year, but I also have a friend who is in my community and she just opened a small operation this year, so I will support her too.

T’is the season to be planting.

Garlic is fine!!

garlicThis lovely garlic is what made my day 2 days ago….I have experimented with places to plant and failed in several, but it would appear we have landed upon a great spot. Barely raised with warmth from the house, basking in south sun. Mama’s happy!! Have I mentioned that garlic is a food group?

Sentimental Gardening

One of the things I like about gardening is the sharing side. Often I tell my friends to come and ‘shop’ in my garden…or come see what you like and I will share. I have an abundance of perennials and love to split and share. Equally I love to receive from others. I have a few things that make me pause as I pass by, and remember the giver. Perhaps my favorite is an old pump, given to Hubby by my brother in law. At the time he still lived on ‘the farm’ and had a nice attachment to Hubby. The gift of an old pump was not a small matter….it was heartfelt and respectful. This is the second garden our pump has graced….sadly, my brother in law has never seen it. He left this earth 10 years ago….he was the biggest male role model influence in my life…having come into it since before I can remember.

These are the gracious gifts we receive and what better place than to live in a peaceful garden!

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Lady slipper from my neighbor who has moved away

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Iris from my past home neighbor

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More iris from a friend whose garden we helped while her husband was ill.

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And yet another (geum) from a neighbor!

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You get the picture….someday I’ll show more! Happy sharing!

Columbines

Oh the joy of watching the garden bloom! I particularly love seeing some

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of these heritage plants thrive….I admittedly have had some issues related to bugs and, like many of you, am leery of using pesticides. The better choice is to take the time and focus on soil health. While we know that we cannot keep pests out of the garden, using proper plant management will go

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a long way in ensuring plant health and thus, resistance to bugs.

I have worked to build compost and add amendments to the soil for tilth and nutrition. I have also tried to ensure air movement around my perennials and not crop things too tightly. In years past, my columbines have grown in spring,  only to be de-foliated by little chompers.  This year, we are enjoying

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the good health and consequently, good blooms. I love these ‘old-fashioned ‘ ladies….hope you enjoy them too.

Mood changers

For those who have been following my post for a while, you will know that Hubby and I moved to our current location in central Alberta 6 years ago…..with the move came a new unfinished house (read boat load of work) and a whole lot of dirt! At first it was exciting to think of all the amazing possibilities but that excitement wained a bit as the inside took priority.

Suffice it to say it has been a process but my goal has always been to create outdoor rooms where you WANT to be…calmness from the day and a flow throughout the garden. We have achieved that and more….my friend recently visited from Germany and said “you know you live in paradise”, which, having toured gardens throughout Germany, was a great compliment to receive.

This year saw one of our final garden projects….which simply means a major build/construction project….changes are inevitable. We have small water features throughout but wanted one main water feature we could enjoy in the back AND one that’s child friendly for all the Littles.  We had a lovely berm created for a bit of privacy and we have completed this project. Can I tell you properly how it feels to sit and enjoy the sound of water, or watch a little enjoy it so much, or watch the birds bathing and drinking…..it is, honestly, a mood calming addition….and we love it!

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Before….

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During….

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After…or now!

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Bunny proofing

So I love living in nature and all the aspects it affords. …but once in a while you have to take dome preventative measures!  It appears a bunny likes my lettuce and celery more than me….

A little fence and I’m trying some row covers too….here’s hopping……I mean…hoping!

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