This year though, I have no excuses. I am done having children (three girls is enough, thanks!) and I have the summer off from work at the school and University classes. We will be tilling this weekend and planting the early items (peas, onions, and the rhubarb is already on its way). My parents-in-law will be here in a couple weeks, staying until July (omg). My mother and I co-planned our gardens so that we have enough for both households. We'll be doing all the potatoes here, for example, because we have no potato bugs. My oldest girl will be helping her grandma with gardening - this helps her learn, and helps my mom's poor back. Win-win!
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Saturday, 25 June 2016
A couple hills didn't sprout though, so my husband has offered to put some heirloom pole beans in their spot. I'm fine with that. He also cleared another area of garden and planted roughly 44 feet of 'Green Arrow' peas. I know we're planting rather late (June 25th), but supposedly these peas do fine even in heat. That's why I chose them over the Homesteader peas. We're also going to plant some cilantro in the empty end-row by his potatoes, simply because that's his national herb.
He's become quite the avid gardener, and offered to build me bean/pea trellises. He enjoyed the project and shows off his gorgeous potatoes and onions to anyone who will listen.
The whole family chipped in to weed the garden thoroughly a few days ago, and despite having a very dry winter, we are having a summer filled with thunderstorms. I have only had to water my garden twice this year. Bring it on!
Sunday, 13 March 2016
I also planted 4 "Butternut" squash, 3 "Miniature White" cucumber, 6 "Marketmore" cucumber, and 15 "Styrian Hulless" Pumpkins.
I also planted "Bloomingdale"? spinach, kale (can't remember what kind, but it's heirloom), "Purple Dragon" carrots, "Scarlet Nantes" carrots, "Danvers Half-Long" carrots, "Improved Golden Wax" beans, "Royalty Purple Pod" beans, "Black Seeded Simpson" lettuce, and that's it for the main garden.
My husband planted about 75 hills of potatoes and 30 onions. Our rhubarb and 5 strawberry plants are looking great, as are our 4 raspberry canes. There hasn't been a late frost, so hopefully the wild saskatoons do good this year. We haven't had saskatoons 2 years running, and are desperate for them!
Some things we did NOT plant this year are peas, corn, and herbs. Strange, I know, but I'm pregnant again and wanted veggies that were not only easy-to-care-for, but ones that my family would eat, that were easy to preserve, and some that could be turned into baby food.
We have his sister living with us this year, so we'll have extra garden labour, however I'm working part-time and also pregnant, so that will be a hindrance to weeding and harvesting. Our oldest daughter is 5 now, so she will have her own little plot. She's decided on spinach, lettuce and carrots, plus there are already a couple strawberry plants in her bed so I'm sure she'll have fun tending it.
I planted several bulbs of garlic in the fall, so we'll see if they sprout. I already have one gentleman from the community who has said he'll take as many as i want to get rid of. There is also a couple that said they'd like to try some of the tapped maple syrup, which should be starting in the next couple days.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
I count myself blessed for several reasons: First, because we have my teenage sister-in-law living with us and she's going to sell apple pies at the farmer's market to afford new sneakers. Secondly, because I believe the economic situation is heading in a downward spiral (already groceries are getting quite expensive), so anything we can get for free from nature helps us out. We are making only pies from the cooking apples and will make juice from the crabapples. My 4-year old loves juice!
Due to a late frost this year, there were ZERO saskatoons, which I literally cried about. However, it didn't kill the chokecherries, so we had a couple picks and made pancake syrup from them. I didn't make jelly/jam this year because my husband got sick of it. I made so much jam last year that he was up to his eyeballs, so, no jam this year...
Here is a picture of my pie-making - I usually can my apple pie filling, but since my husband was kind enough to make me crusts, I'll use em!
Thursday, 6 August 2015
My garden is doing quitte well this year despite ALL my broccoli bolting and a terrible storm flattening my corn. But the silver lining is that I can save my broccoli seeds and the corn stood itself up again with no stalks lost/uprooted.
So far I have picked 5 raspberries (I have only 2 canes and this is their first year of production), 3 zucchini, lots of peas and a whole grocery bag of green beans. My beets, carrots and rutabaga look like they are doing well (because I actually remembered to thin them) and we plan on having more potatoes than we can shake a stick at.
Of course I have been gifted zucchini from several people and hope someone will offer apples again this year. Sadly though, there were no saskatoons at the lake due to a late frost, but it didn't hinder the chokecherries, which I picked 24 cups of.
Saturday, 13 June 2015
In our zone, potatoes win over corn every time. There is either not enough sun or not enough heat during any given summer to have corn grow well. Sure, it'll grow, but not to its full potential. Potatoes, however, grow in even the worst conditions. Plus, if you eat nothing but potatoes all day (and drink milk) you'll get all your nutritional requirements. They may be starchy, but they've got a little bit of every vitamin and mineral in them.
The next most wonderful vegetable here is beans. They're easy to plant, easy to harvest, and easy to store. I prefer bush beans because pole beans tend to grow taller than me and I don't have fancy trellises for them. If you're practical like me, bush beans are the way to go.
If you have enough space, I want to sing praises for pumpkins as well. Just four pumpkins kept our family in pies for the whole winter (but that's only because I didn't tell my husband how many I'd made, otherwise they would've just lasted a month!). Plus, pumpkin seeds are very high in iron, which is handy for pregnant, nursing, or menstruating women, or for anyone who donates blood regularly.
Although it's not a veggie, I also want to mention rhubarb and raspberries. These perennial fruits are absolutely essential for any northern garden. They require very little care and produce heartily. Oh, and they taste great!
I hope I've given you some ideas about what you should plant in your garden, but you're not limited to this list. I find tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers (which all love heat) are difficult, but not impossible, to grow here, but you must start them indoors and keep them there until all threat of frost has passed. Good luck!