Watching growth from seed, problem solving, working in the fresh air, harvesting and eating makes gardening so worthwhile. It isn’t all romantic, with heat, sweat, wind, mosquitoes, ticks, and repetitive tasks driving me crazy at times. It’s been five years since I broke clay sod to start a vegetable and herb garden:
Each year has been a collection of experiments and learning, keeping me so busy that the stories weren’t recorded. So let’s catch up a bit. Here are pictures from 2013. The adventure that year was putting up bamboo pole tepees. They worked well for the pole beans (makes sense) but not as amazing for the zucchini (summer squash). I also dressed up a scarecrow which was not terrifying for some birds, who built a nest in the hat.
In 2014 I started to work the soil in a new section behind the main garden and planted winter squash and sweet pepper transplants (started indoors). The squash were not abundant–one factor may have been the warmth of the soil so I warmed the soil with plastic this year and won’t remove it until the seedlings are well under way. By August the garden was lush and my favourite new crops were the red onions which lasted most of the winter.
This year we have had a weird spring (or so it seems in my brief farming experience). A sudden overnight frost could have damaged baby pea and onion plants but fortunately I had thrown on frost covers the previous evening. I have had to delay putting in cherry tomato and pepper transplants due to cold nights and recently, due to thunderstorms and high winds. I can’t wait to get them out into the garden!