Indoor Growth

We realized it was time to get our little indoor greenhouse out of storage and setup by the window. We planted all our starter plants on March 20th in 2020 and they turned out to be in excellent shape when we moved them outdoors towards the end of April. So on March 15th of this…

The Importance of Canning

As we are planning our garden for the 2021 growing year, we are also determining how we will process some of our foods. Up until we started growing a large garden, we hadn’t spent any time canning food. Our little garden in our rental gave us enough food to enjoy while it grew, but wasn’t…

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…

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…

The Leaves of Fall

The weekend before Thanksgiving we headed up to K’s parents house to finish off their fence. The biggest thing we noticed on our 2 hour drive was that all the leaves were starting to change in the hills. It was a cool, crisp morning, with fog and low-lying wispy clouds hugging the mountains. It was…

Shag Be Gone

We had a very rainy start to the year. Based on Environment Canada, last year had a lot more precipitation, but we had warmer weather overall, so it feels like this year has been worse. June was one of the wettest and coldest we have had on record. All this moisture has been fantastic for…

August Comparisons

Hello September! For how slow I feel time has moved this summer, I now feel we are being sling-shot into the fall. I’m ok with that. I love the fall, mostly because the temperatures are mild and ideal for getting large outdoor projects done. This is also when our garden seems most abundant with everything…