Spring Dreaming

True to weather patterns in our area, we had a tease of mild weather in January followed by cold, snowy weather in February with a very cold snap that froze us for a few weeks. We always know it is coming, and yet it always still comes as a surprise after convincing myself that this…

Mapping Chaos

In June 2019, I made a post called “Carefully Planned Chaos” which outlined all the changes that we had been making over the years as we developed the yard. From 2014-2017 I had used a simple map that I had drawn that was somewhat to scale but not really. As we made changes each year,…

Ringing In The New Year

2020 has not been an easy year for many, and our year was not without its stresses. K was briefly laid-off, but luckily was able to go back quickly once his company had adjusted for COVID. I was on lay-off notice for 4 stressful months. I was one of the lucky few at my company…

Personal Damages

Landscaping, gardening and building are all fun hobbies that keep K and I busy and happy, but there is a flip-side that can be a little painful. Over the years we have had minor scratches, cuts, abrasions, etc which can be expected from the type of work we have been doing. But we have had…

Berry Yummy – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I haven’t made a strawberry rhubarb pie in years because we haven’t had rhubarb and I never think to buy any. This year our neighbour gave us a plant and I finally had the two main ingredients ready for the picking. I also wanted to make sure it wasn’t a runny pie so after some…

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Some of our plants did really well, resulting in a large harvest or more consistent produce over the summer. Our potato growing skills continue to improve. We managed to get a big haul of potatoes again this year with average sizes being larger and more consistent than previous years. Our straw to soil ratio seems…

Versus!

Alright, welcome to our first annual versus post. This year it is 2019 versus 2020. With a similar garden setup, only a few changes to the plants being grown and a few odd weather patterns thrown in, it was a close comparison. With a little more variety and a long fall growing period, 2020 came…

Tipping The Scales – 2020 Edition

The last harvest has been done, the yard cleaned, the last walls built and the sprinklers blown out… with just days to spare before the first snowfall. According to Environment Canada, this is the second highest amount of snowfall we have had on any day in October. The highest day was back in 1933, so…

October Comparisons

We aren’t quite finished October, but the weather has turned and for the first time in as long as I can remember, we have had a heavy snowfall that has stuck around. Looking back at October 2019, we harvested very little. I went back and read a few of my posts and it looks like…

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It…Boo!

Just a quick update because I cannot remember when this last happened and I want a record of it for next year. Last year we had a cold snap in September that shut down our garden early. This year we had a late finish to our season. We only just finished cleaning up the yard…