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Sunday, 04 August 2013 08:43

This installment will be short on words since I just can't bear to be inside when it's so nice out. Well, every picture is worth a thousand words, they say. So here's what's been going on lately.



Cherry Tomatoes 2013

Cherry Tomtoes



Helvola Lily

The hardy Helvola Lily, growing since 1993!



Borage Flowers

Summer Daisy

Beautiful Begonia

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 August 2013 09:18
 
Summertime at last PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 12:44

Summer is here and the living isn't always easy, but sometimes the garden produces benefits that make it all worth it. Harvesting enough for salads, herbs and a few flowers indoors is enough. This is going to be a short blog post (because there is so much to do outside!!). Besides the harvests, we sometimes get unusual visitors like the one pictured below. Also visiting are a range of critters from groundhogs to skunks and hummingbirds. The lovely moth below (I believe it's a Luna moth) stopped by after a rainstorm to dry its wings out.



Luna Moth

Some samples of what's growing in the garden right now







Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:39
 
Late June in My City Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:47

Well, the heat is on here and the spring gardening phase is definitely over. Bolting chard, wilting lettuce and peas. The second phase of full summer is upon us now. Time for tomatoes, peppers, chives, beans, sunflowers, just to name a few. The basil, sage and rosemary are rocking and can't wait to start using them as garnishes and a favorite, pesto. Picture is a small recent haul from the garden. Nobody here is growing bushels of food, but certainly enough for 2 or 3 people to enjoy salads and side dishes.









Not to be outdone, the flowers this past spring were and some still are, gorgeous:







lavender flower 2013

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 June 2013 12:19
 
First Spring Salad PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:57

The first salad from our city garden has arrived. The ingredients are chard, cherry tomato, radish and snap pea. (not visaible but they're in there). This is organically grown in a raised bed and fence boxes in our yard. We've got different ingredients depending on the time of year. Later, we expect more tomatoes, a few types of peppers, basil, garlic chives and red lettuce. This is a small example of what can be done with a little bit of ground, containers and some gardening experience (which to me, basically amounts to paying attention!).



My City Garden Spring Salad

Urban gardening can pay off!


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 10:15
 
Spring Garden's Progress PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 May 2013 13:34

The weather is definitely getting more unpredictable around here. One day I'm sweating and wearing shorts, the next I'm back in my winter coat! If I'm not happy with this I don't think some of the plants in my garden are either. I noticed that seeds were slow to germinate, probably because of the colder temperatures. Fortunately, we did get lots of rain. The plants prefer rain water over the chlorinated water from the hose or tap. The lettuce, radish and peas are all doing well with the colder temps. The two container blueberry plants are producing lots of berries which I am hoping the greedy mockingbird doesn't find before we get to them. The blueberries liked spending the winter outside and produced lots of flowers and the bumblebees couldn't seem to get enough of them. The poor tomatoes, apricots and basil are not thriving in this cold. Seeing your breath in the cold on Memorial Day weekend is kinda odd. Next time I'll cover the flowers here in the city garden. Pictured below is the tiny garden's progress...




spring cherry tomato





Last Updated on Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:08
 
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