Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Finally, able to garden!

While, most people were out planting potatoes in their gardens, I had to wait for the 4 feet of snow to melt. These past two weekends I had to enlist the family for help to get everything in as quickly as possible. I ordered a couple of old varieties of potatoes to grow along with my Vikings and Purple potatoes. French Fingerling and Sangre are older varieties that I had never tried. Then, I found German Butterball at the local garden centre...so I bought some of those too. I wanted to see what old varieties tasted like before they were changed by lab breeding.

Many of my garden seeds were of the Heritage variety this year. I had to hunt and special order, but I found most of the seeds that I wanted. Last year, I had emailed McFayden asking if their seeds were genetically modified and they said that they were not. I prefer to eat as close to nature as I can...I don't want seeds that I don't know or understand how they will affect my body when I eat the produce.

So what did I seed and plant this year? Lots of greens so that I can juice as much as I want. Lots of celery and some tomatoes. Root veggies like taters, beets, carrots and 4 plants of celeriac. Lots of cabbage and my personal favorite, Napa cabbage. Brussel sprouts for the fall and broccoli for the duration of the summer. Oh and 1 row of corn to eat off the cob.

Prizehead leaf lettuce and Everlasting Spinach were the first to go in. Radishes went in at the tail end of the garden...just because I didn't have time to put them in early because it was so muddy. That's about it. I'm hoping to have time tonight to add a few rows of flowers...just because.

Now, I have to start the weeding!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Last night's storms

Some before and after photos of last night's storms that missed us. We were under a severe thunderstorm warning last night.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Climbing Roses In Saskatchewan??? Of course!

I have successfully grown a climbing rose in Saskatchewan and it lived three seasons. Last year, I couldn't find a replacement. BUT this year, I found three at Wally World. Two yellow and a red. The last time I had a climbing rose, it was yellow and the blooms on it were beautiful. They do grow out to about three feet high, but our season isn't long enough for them to grow taller. I just love the flowers!

So, the climbing rose was planted on the south side of the house and mulched and fertilized with rose food and it did fine for three seasons. Then I lost it. But that year, I lost a lot of perennials and bushes of various kinds due to the weird Spring. It warmed up too quickly and then froze hard. 

These roses will die back right to the ground and grow back from underneath so they look like they're dead but they're not. Just a bit of a warning. They are the last of my roses to grow in the Spring.

Now, I'm just waiting for the ground to thaw out and dry out and these three little beauties will be planted shortly on the South side of my house.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Spring cleanup!

Finally the snow is almost gone and it's time to clean up the perennial beds. I thought the snow was never going to disappear!

Now that the snow has melted, one can see little bits of green poking through last year's dead growth. Before the plants get any larger, I will be cleaning up all the old growth and throwing the dead plant leaves and stocks into my composter. After such a long and dreary Winter, it just feels wonderful to see bits of green. 

It's good to remember that not all plants start growing as soon as it warms up. They may look dead, but that doesn't mean that they are. So make sure to give you plants some time to catch up. Once you know that nothing is going to grow, then you can replace the dead plant with new nursery stock. 

My garden is still buried under snow. I hope to be able to see my Strawberries tomorrow afternoon and hopefully my chives.

Spring is finally here!