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!
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…
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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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!
So… Have you finished up your indoor seed starting for the veggie garden yet? If you are sheepishly shaking your head ‘No’ right now, you best be getting on it! In follow up to last week’s post, My Favorite First-Timer Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors!, I thought this a great time to send out one last post about seed starting to all you first- timers (NEWBIES!) out there.
Now that you know HOW to start seeds indoors, but still haven’t gotten around to picking up the key supplies you need, I will make it easy for you! I have included for you below, a collection of products (from Burpee.com) that are, if not necessary, greatly helpful for successfully germinating seeds and growing healthy seedlings.