Seeds of Life: Part II

10 06 2010

Ok, we did it. Got the garden in. It was a dreary day on Tuesday, but the rain stayed away for the day. In between errands and writing a presentation I put my floral rubber boots on (wedding gift from my friend Kathy in Van) and got to work. I checked the lay out and started back to front. Like a good project manager I had a plan.

The soil was pretty wet, but since it was warm’ish out and damp, it was good weather to get the seeds started. Dry weather isn’t the best and you have to water it a bunch. I hope it will turn out okay. I still have some raspberry plants to plant in the back that grandma gave me yesterday. It is a lofty first try, but hopefully we are reaping the rewards of our own organic food by the end of summer. I guess this leads to canning and preserving too, huh.

Looking forward to sharing the fruits of our labour with all of you. Anyone else plant a garden? What’s your favourite garden treat?

Eat well, Be Well,

Nat





Seeds of Life: Part I

7 06 2010

So, we have been attempting to get the garden in for a couple of weeks. With the rain and cold it has been a challenge to sync calendar with sun. This past weekend Tony borrowed the rototill from my folks to till the garden. We (I meant he) added an entire black barrel of compost from our house, two bags of Sea Soil (compost enriched with sea creature scrap) and a bag of manure my grandma gave me.

Alright, so now in-between appointments and meetings, Monday is the day, to get the seeds sown and plants planted. Grandma gave me eight tomato plants, I have eight zucchini plants, four kale plants, two raspberry canes and a bunch of seeds including; carrots, green lettuce, radish, beets, swiss chard, spinach and green beans. Already in the garden is rhubarb (see Spring Rhubarb post), strawberries, mint and sorrel. I did a little drawing and laid the lot out. The raspberries are temporary, they will be moved once our shed is moved and a new fence put in, this year or next. I think I need to get another one though, two doesn’t look right, needs a third to balance.

I went out this morning, took a before picture:

Then I laid out the plants and where the seeds would go, measuring with my measuring tape the recommened distance apart from each plant. The bamboo canes represent where a line of seeds would go. Good, i’ll be back after lunch, do some sowing, off to the next appointment, back to finish, out to dinner. I can do it.

HAIL!!!!! I am about 5 km from the house post appointment #1. I can do it. Pass the bus, get through the light (without a speeding ticket), safety belt off, garage door opened, into the garage, eerch. Umbrella, back seat, run, tomatoes first, zucchini next, into the basket, run, into the gazebo. Flowers, move, into the gazebo, done. <long sigh>

I’ll try again tomorrow.

Be well,

Nat