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Monday Garden Update

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Drought continues. We had a slight break in the heat over the weekend, but we’re back up to the high 30s again (up over 40C with humidity). The pepper plants seem to like the heat, and I’ve made it out to water most days – either early morning or mid-evening. Tomatoes are still coming along, but still nothing edible yet (other than the herbs). A hummingbird decided that the hanger for one of the baskets was a lovely spot to sit the other evening, but flew off before I could get a photo. I really need to start keeping a camera in the kitchen…

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Monday Garden Update

July 9, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s still hot, but cooled down enough that we’re back to windows instead of a/c. We got a tiny amount of rain on the weekend, but I’m still out watering twice a day (early morning & late evening. The positioning of the climber makes using a sprinkler impossible, so I’ve started looking into irrigation options for next year.

Tomatoes are starting to form, and the oregano and one basil plant are starting to flower. I’m really happy with the way the herbs have filled out, and am considering how best to expand them for next year (which planters and beds, including where to put new ones).

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Monday Garden Update: Holiday Edition

July 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Happy Canada Day all! Missed last week’s update due to a series of technical issues, but since not much is happening out back other than heat, I figure that’s okay.

The theme for this past week has been animal invasion. Our new deck is now a lovely polka-dotted purple thanks to birds dropping mulberries from the end of the yard (I actually do quite like the effect).

The birds have gotten stupider and have hit three of our kitchen windows fairly frequently. Fortunately there’s only been one casualty (funnily enough to a window that has a stained glass panel hanging and a wire shelving plant rack in front of it, making it a pretty full window), but that was a good opportunity to talk to K about death and dead things. It can be tough to talk to a small kid about death as a non-religious person, but I think we managed to strike a good balance by talking about how others can live on in our memories.

The last invaders this weekend are definitely more pestilential – something has eaten all the swiss chard and has mown across the carrot tops in my planter box. Not sure if it’s a brave rabbit, a squirrel, a raccoon, or a cat, but I’ve seen all of those around lately. I was so happy before that the critters hadn’t found the planter box yet, but I suppose it was just a matter of time…

Critter damage

Planter box after the critter started nibbling, but before it finished off the chard…

Monday Garden Update

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Not much to report this week. Carrots, Swiss Chard, all the herbs (except the dill) and most of the tomatoes are doing well. The potted Tomatillo is quite happy. Peppers are mostly still alive. Something has dug up two of the tomatoes and some of the Swiss Chard. My bet is on a squirrel, since the Chard was in a wall-mounted pot 4′ off the ground.

Lots of ongoing weeding – this is one of the problems with having a child who loves dandelions. I like the flowers too (they’re bright and sunny and feel like spring), just not in my tomato patch.

Looking forward to the point when the edibles (beyond herbs) are edible – I think I need to look into options for things I can start earlier so that I get real food before July!

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The trouble with dill

June 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I love dill, and would love to grow some so that half of it doesn’t go to waste when I buy it, but I have not once in 4 years of gardening been able to keep it alive for more than about 3 weeks.

I’ve tried lots of water and little water; I’ve tried different soils (triple mix, black earth, and potting soil); I’ve tried sun and shade; I’ve tried indoor and outdoor; potted and in beds and in planter boxes.

Any suggestions?

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Monday Garden Update

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Finally managed to get most of the thyme and basil into the garden, just a couple of sprouts left and no idea where I want to try to stick them.  Most of the tomatoes are doing well, the peppers are about 50/50 thriving or struggling, and the potted tomatillo is doing terrific (the other tomatillos, not so much).  I suppose I should acknowledge that I did absolutely no research on soils before planting things.  On the plus side, this year my outdoor potted plants are thriving in the potting soil I picked (last year they didn’t do so well in the black earth I used in pots, even though that’s what the garden centre person had recommended).  Of course, a confounding factor is that K has been doing some extra watering for the pots that the beds haven’t been getting.

 

Looks like the mulberries are going to be ready to harvest soon – have to come up with a better method this year, since last year we only managed to get anything from the bottom branches and ended up with a great carpet of purple grass (and resulting purple feet).  Also need to figure out what to do with the berries…

Monday garden update

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Not much progress in the garden the last few days.  The rain finally came, and we finally did a pass at the big weeds in the lawn once the slide went up on the climber.  Everything seems to be doing pretty well so far though.  Now I just need to figure out where to put the rest of the basil and thyme…

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