8.23.2014

A Byte About 'Growin' Up

And a bunch about, well... moving on! 
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A Sunny Summer Hello, from the garden!

Not the garden! Just the blog.

The time has come for this little garden blog to grow on up, so to speak. Our adventures here at Blogger.com have been a fine learning experience. I only wish I knew at the beginning, what I know now, about blogging. 

After much consideration, it has come down to the point that there is no moving this little bitty blog of mine. After one name change and several years of messing with themes and script, I could only imagine what mess a seemingly simple site move could turn into! To develop the style and type of site I aim to build, it needs a clean break. The time to move on, has come. Only to bigger and better bloggy things, of course! 

Well, let me just say, this decision hasn't given me much of a break lately. Between summer fun with my lil' chickey, work, the garden, the yard, and other responsibilities, any free time I have found (usually late in the quiet confines of my summer evenings) has been spent designing and setting up this new online home. I really could have chosen a better time to fire this all up though, like maybe in the winter! Seeing as I am the queen of spur of the moment decisions, I am getting quite used to this busy 'living on my toes' type of lifestyle!

So, where are the new digs, you might ask? 

After toying with what to do, names, the general theme for the new site, for quite some time it all came down to GrowingJess.com.

I had hoped to build this main website to feature everything (well, almost everything) I am passionate about, and my business pages, under my real name. However, there are a million and one people out there, with my exact name. I had to find a way to stand out from the rest! Besides, if I weren't human, I'm pretty sure I'd be a plant. The name just seemed to fit, in so many ways. 

There is still a bunch of design and content work to do, no need to go peaking around quite yet.

I do hope you stick around though, and follow along to these greener pastures I look forward to, and hope to even one day to grow, quite literally. 

A Big THANK YOU! to you all, for sticking around and supporting my green thumb addiction! It's only getting greener...

More to come soon, I promise! 

7.27.2014

Snapshots of Summer, #Photos from the Food #Garden

Summer has, so far, been pretty sweet for this little food garden of mine. How about yours?

Here is a little photographic update, to cap off the week! 

Happy Sunday, everyone:)
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The corn stalks are LOVIN' the summer!

7.12.2014

A Mid Summer's Veggie #Garden Update

An Update of the Update:) ~ July 22, 2014
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Did you know Hot Peppers LOVE the heat?!?
Well, that was a hot one! Thanking my lucky stars, the rain has finally arrived. A few drops... Okay, now it's stopped again... Not enough to make much of a difference at this point, but hopefully this break in the weather will help to distinguish the many wildfires raging in this part of the world.

Author Note: Before I go on, first let me say... My heart goes out to all those effected, or misplaced, by the current fires and on a more global note... to the victims, the families, and those touched by the (seemingly, many) horrific catastrophes of recent!   

7.02.2014

Growing sweet potatoes, for my sweet potato.

Since I began food gardening, I have always wanted to try growing potatoes.  Dedicating any of the few rows of my small garden to the potato, made little sense though.  That is, until I was introduced to the idea of growing potatoes in containers!  I had to find out more…

Sweet potatoes for my sweet potato

The idea of growing potatoes in such a small space, let alone many pounds of potatoes in this small space, completely caught my attention!

After a little digging around Pinterest last winter for potato growing ideas, I found that people are growing potatoes in little backyard gardens, like mine, in all kinds of different ways!  Containers, laundry baskets, wooden frames, caged towers, bags… You name it, if the garden design will hold growing medium and drain water, chances are potatoes are gonna grow!

Potatoes were never planned for this year’s little garden of mine, never mind, sweet potatoes!   Then, I came across a long forlorn handful of locally grown golden nugget potatoes and a sweet potato, as I was cleaning out the closets one rainy day (most likely fallen victim to a game of Hide-and-seek with my daughter). Instead of the rotting potatoes I expected to remove from the dark recesses of her hiding place, to my surprise, the potatoes had all sprouted off healthy, new little shoots.  As I am sucker for anything that grows, into the ground they would go!

The following, digs a bit deeper into how my potato and sweet potato containers began and now, are growing…

6.28.2014

Sizzling Summer Saturdays and the many vegetables for grilling!

~ Revised Copy ~ July 22, 2014
Happy Long Weekend, North America! 

Whether it is your Canada Day long weekend, or fourth of July holiday, 
let’s celebrate and enjoy a little taste of Summer. 

It’s barbeque time… Move over that meat, we need room for the veggies!

Spring Salad

Welcome to the first installment of our "Sizzling Summer Saturdays" blog posts!

I am a big fan of barbeque. Yes, meat, chicken, seafood, veggies… I love it all! In honor of the Eat. portion of the blog, what better way to celebrate the fabulous home grown foods of summer than with a bit of barbequing!

Outdoor grilling is my most favorite way to cook, especially during the hot months of the summer. Seeing as the first of our Summer long weekends has now arrived and the season for grilling is upon us, what a great time to talk about eating the many wonderful vegetable treasures that I talk so much about growing. Read on, to find out which veggies I choose for grilling and my favorite ways to grill them!

6.15.2014

The unsquared of square foot garden spacing

Honestly, I have been a bit reluctant to show off my latest little urban organic gardening experiment for fear of exposing the bare nakedness and somewhat ‘thrown together’ confinements of my little square foot garden space.

The Garden

Well, it was originally supposed to be planted as a square foot garden…  Somewhere amid my seeding adventures this spring, it became a little unsquared it seems.  Really, there isn't much about my garden this year that is square apart from the packets full of seeds I have crammed into my little 8 X 10 vegetable rectangle.  

6.09.2014

My vegetable garden ate my blog...

Or this, at least, is what I am blaming my absence on! I am such a kid... lol. Between work, family and getting the garden planted, time for writing has been sparse. 

Here is a quick look into the kitchen garden and a little taste of what I (and my vegetable garden) have been up to... 

Thai Basil

The highlight of this summer's herb garden is the Thai Basil, I am so-so-so in love with this herb! The aroma this Basil sets off is amazing... Whether catching the scent walking by in the yard, or wafting from the kitchen, this Thai Basil is like no other Basil I have ever tried. If you have the pleasure of finding some for yourself, be sure to grab it!

3.19.2014

Images of Spring: The Perennials are A Poppin'!

Look what I found in the garden yesterday, Springtime! The perennials have returned!

I cannot say it feels much like springtime today, however, yesterday was gorgeous. The cold and rainy dreariness of the end of winter has once again returned, not for long… Taking advantage of the awesome weather yesterday, I managed to get the last of fruit trees pruned. I had hoped to have this done months ago, time is rarely on my side though:) Admittedly, I must have walked past the kitchen garden dozens of times without evening noticing all the fresh, new green shoots sprouting up everywhere!

These are the reasons why I love perennial gardening!

Peppermint Shoots