Planted!

Finally! Yesterday was a glorious day, warm, sunny, no wind…perfect day to plant the garden boxes. Trouble is, I have been struggling a lot with my health, and just could not make my self get outdoors. I have done a bit of work each day (3 or 4 hours of cleaning out the winter dead stuff) and putzing around. Overall though, I don’t have energy and am going through a cyclical depression. One day I am good, the next day…not so much. For the most part, I am just mad and annoyed that I am so flat! Great. Because that is so helpful for my mood!! I was a social worker in a past life and worked in mental health, so I ‘know’ all the things I should do…trouble is, when you are thrown for a loop, motivation completely goes with it!

On the upside, Hubby is amazing and has supported me the entire way. I have always had a bit of anxiety, but last year I suffered a major concussion when I was flipped in the ocean in Costa Rica, and also broke my collarbone…since then I have had a few more struggles. But, it is a learning curve. I finally went to the Doc, and he is super. Very no nonsense kind of doc, and realizes I need practical advice. I am already doing the holistic stuff…oils, vitamins etc, and using my diffusers…but I have stopped my yoga and he said ‘do yoga everyday’ in his South African accent. ‘And ride your bike’. And he added a medication that will help out. So, it’s a new day…I will follow his rules.

The garden looks so good, all planted! My garlic is growing madly from fall planting, the rhubarb is almost big enough to pick, strawberries have started to grow, although I lost a few to winter kill. Now I have added beans, peas, lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots, broccoli and brussel sprouts! And onions….a whole raised box of onions, complete with the diatomaceous earth to keep the darn onion maggots away! My little greenhouse has the cucs, watermelon (a trial), cucamelon (another trial) and basil. Just need to wait for the frost days to pass and I will get my peppers and tomatoes from a local nursery!  I actually feel a lot better getting that accomplished. It wasn’t easy but ….

It was Hubby that encouraged me to take a look at something he had done outside, that got me out there. I am so grateful for him, and for his patience with me.

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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Bugs!

It’s awfully hard to ‘spring into action’ when the flu bug smacks you down!….and there is no ‘good’ time to be sick but, come on, just when it is nice enough to not need mittens….oh well…today I felt up to a walk about. Spring is my favorite time for walk abouts in the yard….I always discover something new and wonderful. Hubby is putting his man skills to work and finishing the lower level siding, right by the raised garden beds. I went to see how he was doing and what did I discover?

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Bugs!!!!! Lovely little lady bugs…just coming out for a sunning session. I LOVE lady bugs….do you no how many aphids these natural ‘insecticides’ can eat???

Last fall I planted garlic, first attempt at fall planting…I was a bit concerned because the majority of my gardens are raised and naturally get a bit colder then ground soil in our harsh winters. I added leaf mulch to the beds and was pleasantly surprised to see…

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Little greens poking out! Yay! Of course, following up with some snooping to find…

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Rhubarb and, of course,

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Strawberries. This is the sunny south side of our yard and a heat trap but still early and makes me happy!

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Spring into action….

Time to get outside! Amazingly, it is not even April yet but the temperature is warming up….I must remember not to get too hasty though. An icy blast can still hit any time. This year has been remarkably warm though so I will chance setting up the mini greenhouse and get lettuce bowls started today…..