Archive for Gardening

Rain In Our Garden

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Salad For Chickens

Ashland had zero attention span for weeding in the garden until I called it “making salad for chickens” — now it’s his favorite after-school activity.

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The chicken coop is coming together piece by piece, it’s been quite fun! We do still have to actually attach the roof before rainy season start.

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Bitty Cute Fuzzy Things

Seriously, these little things are so cute! I know they grow fast so I’ll have to take lots of photos!

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Our little mulberry tree is fruiting too!

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Gardening Season Begins

Spring came here so early that I didn’t even have a chance to wish away rain but I’m looking forward to having garden full of veggies and fruits this summer! I’m most excited about Japanese pear tree is flowering.

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Lucian loves the kale that survived winter, he also sang a song at the dormant artichoke so that it’ll comeback this year — hilarious!

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Spring Is

Spring is on it’s way, apparently. The apple tree is budding.

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As is the blueberry bush, which I was happy to see that it survived the winter.

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And the little pot of dried up and browned sage that I just trimmed down [hoping it would grow back] a few days ago sprouted new little leaves.

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Tidying Up

We were blessed with warm sunshine past few days and I took the time yesterday to finally tidy up the garden. …Something I should have done at end of summer no doubt, but better late than never! Back to the usual foggy and chilly mornings today.

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Little patches of moss are growing everywhere.

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Droplets and Sunshine

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Afternoon Snack Time

After school snacks provided by our garden. I can’t believe strawberries grow this late in season (this is everbearing variety, even still!).

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Also the carrots I planted toward the end of summer grew fast!

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While I fed kids fresh fruits and veggies for snack, I had for myself a less healthy but lovely apple tart from St Honoré. I love this bakery.

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Harvest

It’s still warm and summer-like but I can tell that the sun casts a different sort of golden light over our garden these days. I see that the plants are in a hurry to finish producing as many of the fruits as possible before the cold weather rolls in. We harvested mini-pumpkins! Next year, I’d love to plant big ones.

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We transplanted this pepper plant from the over crowded raised bed not too long ago. I wasn’t sure if it would survive being transplanted so late in the season, but it’s thriving — seems a lot happier to have it’s own space.

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I’ve frozen gallons and gallons of peeled and seeded tomatoes in the past few weeks. It took serious effort, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it for taste of summer during winter.

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Potted herb garden is doing well these days as well. I appreciate that they grow back even bigger as I harvest them. I see now that not taking was my mistake in basil plants that stayed small in previous years.

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…And look!! An artichoke! I can’t believe it actually grew. It was practically dying when I bought it with two little sad shriveled leaves. It revived nicely but I never expected it would flower off-season.

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Pickling Cucumbers

I’m a huge fan of naturally fermented pickles and have tried making variety of probiotic foods but I hadn’t actually tried classic preserved vinegar brined pickles. I have been a bit terrified of the process (and what happens if one eats the failed attempt — food poisoning?) to be honest. But I took the plunge because our kind neighbor gave us a huge ton of pickling cucumbers, a gallon of vinegar, some dill, and even cherry leaves (which she told me makes crunchier pickles): I had no excuse but to give it a try. It was hard work just making a dozen, much respect to those who pickle enough every season to fill an entire pantry!

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Also, our tomato plants been really prolific! I can’t believe the amount of vegetables that grow in such a small garden!

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