So winter wasn’t too bad this year and, while I know I’ve said we somehow seem to skip spring and go straight to summer here in Halifax, this year I do believe we have spring! I don’t know how to explain it really, maybe I’m just getting used to it. That said, it’s below normal cold. But hey, the garden grows!
Peas coming up under protection of prayer flags (they keep the birds out).
Beets, slowly but surely, pushing through. Chicken wire keeps the cats out.
Lettuce. Chicken wire will stay on until the plants are big enough to take up their space.
Garlic, planted last fall, off to a good start.
Meanwhile, pain in the ass that it is because they take over the house, tender veggies have been started indoors. I should be able to plant them out in a couple of weeks. Click the pics for captions.
Tomato seedlings a few weeks later.
Other than the veggies, I’ve been keeping busy with post-winter cleanup and welcoming the perennials…
Oregano, old and new
First currant buds
Chives tired from the rain and wind
Some kind of tulip?
First peach buds!
This might also be some variety of tulip but I won’t know until I see the flower.
Rain doesn’t stop the bees from sucking nectar out of the haskap flowers.
So snow shovels are away for another year and gardening tools have been resurrected. Now I’m going to go plant the onions.
Winter’s over, spring has sprung…the gardener and her extraordinary assistant.
September is my favourite month for a lot of reasons … the weather is gorgeous, tourists have gone home (nothing against tourists, it’s just quiet again, enough to hear the crickets day and night alike), the garden continues to do its own thing while us gardeners continue to help it along and happily harvest the food it offers up.
First step of garlic harvest. One bed dug up and laid out for initial drying before move into our basement/barn to hang and dry.
One bunch of garlic dried and stored. We grew 88 heads this year which should be enough to plant next year’s crop with plenty left to last us through next harvest.
We planted a bed of corn this year…popcorn! That’s a row of Limnanthes douglasii (poached eggplant) in the middle.
A barrel of Tom Thumb Popcorn grown from Heritage Harvest Seed out of Manitoba. 2’ plants produce multiple small cobs that average 2-3″ long.
We’ve had a bumper year of acorn squash, also from fabulous Heritage Harvest Seed. Lost track of how many are growing out there.
I found it fascinating that every single time the bees entered the squash flowers, they seemed to just lie down and wrap themselves around the pistil.
This beautiful little guy seemed to like the leaves of the Black Turtle Dry Beans.
I have no idea what happened here. Part of the life and death cycle all around us.
More life and death.
I decided to cut and move all the strawberry plants so they would have their own bed instead of scattered throughout the flower garden as I’ve had them. This way I can cover them, protect the fruit from the birds so we actually have something to harvest.
Blue Solaise Leek, squash behind them, black-eyed susans to the right.
And last but not least, COMFREY! A couple of seedlings were given to us by an herbalist friend early this summer and they have grown like crazy. In fact, I’m going out right now to cut some leaves to make a tincture.