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:)
Corn stalks 2
The corn stalks are LOVIN' the summer!


A Mid Summer's Veggie #Garden Update

An Update of the Update:) ~ July 22, 2014
edible garden, vegetables, gardening
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!   


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…


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!


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.  


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!


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


Germinating Seeds in Style

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.


My Favorite First-Timer Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors!

In every seed, rests a plant just waiting for its moment to shine brightly in the warm sun. From this plant, come more seeds that return back to the soil, to begin the process all over again. It is in this basic essence and connection of a plant, and the garden, that my passion for plants, and gardening, became firmly rooted into my being. 

The time for greenhouse seeds, and starting seeds indoors, has finally come again! Can you tell that I am excited? Seeing as the last post, Get out the John Deere, Springtime is almost here!, discussed primarily grass seed and springtime for the lawn, I thought it only appropriate that this next post be about starting seeds for the food garden. If you are new to the grows of starting a garden, or simply looking for a few new tips on how to start plants from seeds, this post is for you. I welcome you to read on and Thank You for stopping by!

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Many vegetable garden seeds prefer to be started in the warmth of the indoors, be it the confines of the greenhouse (when available) or a brightly light, warm, dry space inside the house. This is where these seedlings will start most successfully. With that being said, pre-planning is a very important aspect of every vegetable garden. If these seeds are not started early enough, your seed planting success plan will be turned into a complete waste of time. Make sure to have your new veggie garden design, and plant list, decided upon at least a couple months prior to planting in the garden, to give seeds ample time to grow!


Get Out The John Deere, Springtime is Almost Here! My Earth Friendly Spring Lawn Tips...

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As springtime is soon to raise its drowsy head, the grass, alongside the perennials of our gardens, will soon be bursting fresh new shoots from the soil. What a great time to talk about grass! 

You may be wondering what growing grass has to do with organic vegetable gardening. Well, not a whole lot… The reason I bring up this post is because of the shocking amount of how many times I have been asked, “when can I plant grass seed?”. I may know a bit about growing grass, but I am definitely more of a plant gal! Considering that, at least, a small amount of lawn grass often accompanies gardening space, I figured the topic would fit.


The Vertical Garden and Vegetable Plants That LOVE Growing Up!

Green walls, living fences, no dig gardening, vertical farming and landscaping have become deeply rooted in modern landscape design, urban gardening, and food gardening. These ideas are by no means new though and have been utilized throughout history by many different cultures. Sure, most of us have heard about vertical gardening or landscaping… Did you know that many of our beloved vegetables and favorite produce love to grow in this manner, as well?      

As many attempt the return to a simpler, ‘grow your own’ lifestyle and feed the household from their own private ‘Garden of Eden’, the small backyard garden, at best, is often the venue. These vertically enhanced methods of growing plants are not only perfect for utilizing small outdoor growing spaces, creating privacy or shade, but your veggies will love ‘em too!

Want to know more about the vegetables, herbs, gourds, fruit, and berries that grow well in a vertical garden and where to grow them? Keep on reading for a list of my favorite creeping and climbing veggie garden friends that love just hangin’ around.


Home Vegetable Garden Bed Ideas and Tips

The temperatures may not feel like it quite yet, but it is just about time to dig back into the vegetable garden! Seeing as the strong grasps of winter still lay heavily upon my backyard, my gardening duties have been significantly kept indoors. Seeds will soon need to be planted, the soil will soon be thawing and ready for a turn, but for now, I wait!

More recently, Pinterest has been a warmer place to explore my wintertime gardening urges and I have been busily pinning away new garden layouts and landscape design ideas for the upcoming year.

In the following, I have collected up some of my favorite new found pins about raised gardening beds, tips for planting vegetables in pots (make sure to check out the Potato Barrel Planter), and more great DIY pallet planter ideas.  I hope you enjoy!

Turning Your Lawn into Vegetable Garden VIA +Garden Therapy


Eating Local in the New Year

Aside from summer when the garden plants are flourishing and full with vegetables and fruits, this is my next favorite time of the year.  The holiday bustle is over, the New Year has begun and I fully begin to appreciate the value of my stored harvest from the garden!  I made sure to freeze or dry as much of last year’s veggies, fruit and berries as I could from the garden and any goodies my lovely neighbors would pass over the backyard fence.