Tuesday, 7 November 2017

How 2017 Went

Well... that garden sucked again. In 2016, I was very pregnant and planted huge plants (pumpkins and squash), none of which did well. And this year I tried carrot seed-tape, NONE of which sprouted!! I'm serious, I only had a half-dozen carrots after spending like $30 on seed tape. VERY disappointed. I did largely focus on beans though, which was he saving grace this year. Even our potatoes didn't do well - each hill produced 1-2 potatoes. DISMAL. Our beets just didn't want to grow, so they were only half-grown by harvest time. We ended up with volunteer peas, which did surprisingly well, but we didn't want them. And our tomatoes did not produce. And mom gave me 4 zucchini plants... you'd think we'd have zucchinis out our years but even zucchinis did not grow this year. We got TWO.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

What's Planted 2017

It's already the second week in June! Planting got started far later than usual - in fact, we haven't even finished putting in all our potatoes. So far we have 30 hills of potatoes planted. I also planted roughly 15 metres of carrots (seed tape), 2 packages of beans (one improved golden wax, the other black valentine), and a few volunteer onions round off garden 1. In garden 2 we have 3 double-rows of peas, a dozen tomatoes, and some more volunteer onions. Around the house we have raspberry bushes which have multiplied, strawberries, oats, wheat, and beets (cylindra). I also planted something else but I honestly can't remember - I did mark it though. I am quite pleased with my garden this year, which is in stark contrast to last year. This year's garden is varied, full, organized, and will produce enough to share.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Spring Update 2017

Last year my garden did so well, I guess it took up all my time so I didn't post! In all honesty though, I was very pregnant, exhausted, and hated what I planted. Way too many pumpkins and squash and I couldn't even bend down to thin my carrots.

This year though, I have no excuses. I am done having children (three girls is enough, thanks!) and I have the summer off from work at the school and University classes. We will be tilling this weekend and planting the early items (peas, onions, and the rhubarb is already on its way). My parents-in-law will be here in a couple weeks, staying until July (omg). My mother and I co-planned our gardens so that we have enough for both households. We'll be doing all the potatoes here, for example, because we have no potato bugs. My oldest girl will be helping her grandma with gardening - this helps her learn, and helps my mom's poor back. Win-win!