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…

Level Up Achieved

Convenient timing for this post. Not only our 100th post, but also a major levelling-up in our backyard oasis. Rocks have been a major theme in our landscaping adventure, especially in the last year. We have gone from building rock walls to finishing gardens with rocks and planters to make for easier maintenance. I love…

The Takeover

We have switched gears from building to growing…sort of. We are still doing some building but more of our focus in the last few weeks has been getting all of our plants into the ground and all of the irrigation run, checked and running. The only challenge was that we have so much more that…

Hide & Seek

As a kid, hide & seek is an all time favourite game. Finding little nooks and crannies to hide in while others looked was always fun. When we finished the rock garden by the air conditioner, the planters beside the big air conditioning unit, just lost some of its lustre and beauty. So we decided…

Rockin’ It Tour

Loving the re-designed flower bed, we decided to use the same look on another flower bed in the upper lawn area. It is right next to our back door and houses our air conditioning unit. The previous owners had planted some beautiful bushes but they were unruly looking, no matter how much trimming we did…

Pico De Gallo

After our trip to Belize, we cannot get enough pico de gallo! With fresh veggies & herbs from the garden, this will be a summer staple this year. It is a super simple recipe, and so very rewarding. You will need: 1 medium to large tomato 1/2 onion (sweet or red) 1/2 – 1 jalapeno…

Building Beds for Dreams

Jumping on the energy and creative juices we had with the tomato towers we decided to continue expanding our growing space. We knew that there was a lot of work that we wanted to get done in the yard this year and didn’t want to miss out on some good veggies from the garden. We…

Jungle Fever

Jitters about how stable the newly cleared area ensued. It is not an extreme slope, but a moderate slope, and we had some time before plants were going into the ground. Would spring rains wash that beautiful top soil to the base of our yard, or start making the back area unstable? Our shop teeters…