What a Difference a Week Makes!


The weather the past couple of weeks has been warm and sunny and the garden has been celebrating by growing!

The garden area I have available isn’t as large as I would like but it’s enough to bring me great satisfaction as I watch everything grow and begin to harvest the bounty.

Yesterday, some of this kale became oven roasted chips. Just a drizzle of olive oil, kosher salt, and 10-15 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees. Yum!

We’ve been snacking on raw peas fresh from the vine all week. Every bite is like a taste of childhood!

And my tomatoes! Oh my! They’re covered in blossoms and should be starting to set fruit any day now. I’m thrilled with what they’re doing…all from seeds I nurtured from the beginning too!

The purple pole bean appear to have enjoyed the warmer weather. Look closely and you’ll see the start of beans.

I like how this little white picket fence contains and sets off the nasturtium, don’t you?

There are lots of spaghetti squash coming.

And by the looks of things we’ll be overrun with zucchini in no time. (Neighbors: don’t leave your car doors unlocked our you may find a gift of a zucchini waiting for you when you return!)

But it’s not all veggies growing around here. The hydrangea is blooming and, thanks to the bone meal I sprinkled around them early in the spring, some of the blossoms have bluish tinge.

And the morning glory on a sunny morning! Spectacular!

Even the tiny borage blossoms are a source of beauty and satisfaction as I watch them grow.

The growth in the space of the past week has been phenomenal and the forecast is for more sunny weather in the week ahead. We’ll be feasting and enjoying the fruit of our garden labor! What’s growing well in your garden right now?


Could Have Been the Whiskey, Might Have Been the Gin

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Okay not really, but as I surveyed the vegetable garden this morning and took note of the magnitude of growth that happened seemingly overnight, that song was going through my head.

Maybe instead of whiskey and gin, I should have been humming “Could Have Been the Compost, Might Have Been the Whey” because those are the treats I’ve been feeding my vegetables recently–not whiskey and gin.

Thanks to the Worm Hotel and our larger outdoor compost bin there has been no shortage of compost around here this year. And as I’ve forayed into the world of making cheese and yogurt I’ve had a surprising amount of whey to spare as well.

I’ve spread compost around the plants and worked it into the soil in the garden. A good part of it also went into a bucket where I’m trying my hand at growing meconopsis, also known as Himalayan Blue Poppies–more to come on that experiment soon. I mixed the whey with water to dilute and used it to water plants in the garden.

Peas! The vines are taller than me!

I’m so proud of these tomato plants! They’re like my children as I’ve nurtured them from seed.

This WILL be the year we feast on heirloom tomatoes grown completely by moi!

We’ll be overrun with zucchini before you know it.

Beets. Beautiful to look at; delicious to eat.

These carrots are growing bigger right before my eyes it seems.

How are things looking in your garden? What treats (other than whiskey and gin!) have you been feeding your veggies?


Still Waiting for Summer


It’s June 29 today and we’re still waiting for summer to arrive. We have had a few warm-ish weekends so far but Gerry and I are eagerly anticipating warmer (oh please may it be so) ones to come.

Meanwhile, despite our lack of sunshine and warm weather things in the garden have been progressing.

I harvested some lettuce and radishes for a salad for dinner. It is so satisfying to be able to go outside and pick fresh food to eat, isn’t it? I have one stubborn lettuce plant that decided on its own to stay the winter. I cut lettuce and it just keeps giving me more!

The nasturtium is doing well. I think I’ll go out and pick the few flowers that are there to enjoy in our salad this evening.

The borage is almost ready to bloom. This is my first year growing this plant. I’ve read that the flowers can be used in cheeses and plan to do some experimenting.

The carrots and kale are coming along nicely but the beets don’t seem to be as happy. Perhaps I’ll try sowing another row this weekend and see what happens.

There are lots of flowers on the pea vines and they’re growing taller by the day.

It won’t be long before we’ll be able to shell peas, pop one in our mouth, and be instantly transported back to childhood!

The tomatoes remain happy along the south side of the house. The Red Delicious Cherry plants must be three feet tall and are covered with blossoms. I can’t wait for that first taste of fresh tomato!

The pole beans are growing taller every day. In addition to providing food they’ll be providing some privacy for us when we’re enjoying time in the hot tub (which we turn down to be a cool tub in the summer months).

The faeries are looking forward to warmer weather too. Meantime they’re dancing and thinking about Jaxon, Makiya, and Peyton.

Still, the rainy weather has its own charms. I like the way the drops of water look on the leaves of my hosta.

I’m delighted with the how the lilies are doing. They multiplied since last year and are going to be quite spectacular!

The orange one reminds me of the Tiger Lily which is the official flower of Saskatchewan. I’ve got to keep an eye out and get one of those for the garden too.

This is the third year for this lavender and it’s looking much better this year. It’s nestled in a bed at the front of our house. Right behind it is the clematis; it’s doing extremely well this year compared to last year. Gerry even had put up some new trellis’ for it to climb on.

All in all, I’m generally pleased with how the garden is doing, though I do wish the sun would shine more.

A June Garden


I don’t know how it  got to be June 16 already! We just returned from vacation visiting the grands and I realized I’m overdue on providing updates on the garden. I don’t know where time goes!

I’m delighted with how the tomatoes are coming along. It’s almost hard to believe that I started each one of these beauties from seed. The Red Delicious Cherry tomatoes are in the foreground; you can’t really tell from this picture but there are flowers already!

The peas are doing very well. I already added the second piece of the cages we’re using for them to climb.

The peas are starting to flower too.

The beets are coming along.

As are the carrots. I love the lacy look of them, don’t you?

The kale is coming along.

As are the different varieties of lettuce I have planted.

The beans are doing nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing a wall of purple pod pole beans here later in the summer.

The peonies are all but finished. I did manage to find this beauty still in full bloom though.

The weather here in the Pacific Northwest has not been very summer-like but the garden seems to be coming along despite the cool weather. Some warm sunny days would be nice though. For the garden and for this grandma.

A Happy Mother’s Day

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I could not have wished for a more perfect weather day today. That it’s Mother’s Day and I have been blessed to talk to my kids has made it absolutely perfect.

Around the garden, the peas have been enjoying the warmer days.

We (actually Gerry) put up the netting for the sweet peas today.

The I put some grass clipping mulch around the beans today. They’re doing well and we’re looking forward to a wall of beans in the summer months.

The spaghetti squash is growing.

I put tomato cages inside of the Walls O’ Water because I had a problem with a few of them falling down nearly crushing my precious plants.

The hosta looks happy.

It won’t be long until the peony is blooming.

The wisteria smells, and looks, heavenly.

And I’m still smitten with my petunias.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Mother’s Day too!