Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Purging the (not so) Peace(ful) Lily

To go along with a fresh year, and decluttering I have decided to get rid of my peace lily. It sits behind my sink in the kitchen and I see it quite a few times a day. It was given to my by some friends when I was in the hospital, pregnant with the babe. Unfortunately, they turned out to be not very nice friends and now everytime I see the lily, I think of that situation and am saddened. I don’t know why it has taken me this long to just get rid of it. When I think of all the time that I have been reminded of an unpleasant situation, I’m not sure what possessed me to hang on to it this long. Now it’s gone, and it feels good.

gardening, home • Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 • 9 Comments »

Birthday Goodies

birthday flowersI received some wonderful presents for my birthday, and wanted to share them with you. I got these gorgeous flowers, just perfect to brighten up the kitchen. It makes me smile every time I look at them.birthday bits and bobsSome great new (well, old, really) hankies to add to my collection that I use daily. A beautifully hand crocheted baby bib and some silver baby spoons for the little one, and an old wooden spool which will decorate my studio, one day.how to grow your own food.jpgA new gardening book to hopefully help me figure out what I’m doing.stripey blanket.jpgA pink stripey blanket that is destined to be repurposed as it has a little hole and a couple of stains. I also got two sets of Wee Wonderfuls embroidery patterns, the All Four Seasons Stitchettes, and the All Four Fairy Stitchettes. Last but not least, is a 1- year subscription to the British Country Living magazine, which I’m super, super, super excited about. I had such a great birthday, and got some wonderful things. There is going to be a lot of fun crafting before Christmas and plenty to learn before spring hits with a new garden. Hope you guys are having a great week.

books, gardening, thrift store finds • Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 • 8 Comments »

Tomato Harvest

tomato harvestThis has been the first year I’ve really attempted a garden. We’ve had some successes and plenty of failures. We’ve had some really unusual weather this summer and everyone I know who has a garden has had plenty of issues, even experienced gardeners. We’ve had lots of fun, and it’s actually been very calming for me. I love going out and watering in the mornings, even the weeding wasn’t too bad. The best part was being able to walk outside, pluck a juicy, ripe tomato, and then slice it up for lunch all within five minutes of it being on the vine. More often than not I had eager helpers. All in all I’m very pleased with the results, and look forward to having another go next year. The temperature in the last two weeks has been really strange as the first week was in the 90’s and then it scooped down to a week of the 40’s (even snowing one day). Now we are back up to the 70’s and it is feeling more like the beginning of fall should feel. I love snuggling up with a blanket and drinking hot cocoa to warm up in the evenings, but only after a proper fall. I was not liking the sudden jumps in temperature. I think the extremes did my tomato plants in as they pretty much look dead now. There are at least a couple of dozen green tomatoes still on them and though it is a little sad that I do not think they will continue to ripen, I’m thankful for all of the ripe, juicy tomatoes we have had in the last several weeks. The picture above is of all of the remaining ripe, or almost ripe tomatoes that we decided to rescue in case of another drop in temperature. I haven’t quite decided what to do with the green tomatoes, but think perhaps trying a new green tomato recipe might be the trick to using them up. Any suggestions?

gardening • Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 • 6 Comments »

Flowers Alphabet Rummy

flowers alphabet rummyAs a homeschooling mama, I always have my eye out for different and fun ways to learn things. eeBoo Flowers alphabet rummy is a game we love. They are well designed and sturdy, the pictures are colourful and there are little faeries on each card. Since we’ve started playing this game my kids have soaked in some of the flower names without even trying. They recognize many of the flowers when they see them out and about, and I’ve learned quite a few myself. Our favourite version of the game is Pick A Posey, which is basically Go Fish. At 8, 6, and 4 all of them can manage playing it well, and we all have a great time doing it. Anything that can combine learning and fun is good in my book, and these fit the bill perfectly.

gardening, homeschooling, nature • Saturday, September 26th, 2009 • 6 Comments »

Allotments

lettucesunflowerbrussel sproutsflowersartichokeThis past Saturday we drove to the park to have a picnic, but when we got there our usual spot was taken. We drove around to find another spot and found a perfect little area that we ended up having all to ourselves. There was a little grove of small trees that made the perfect hideaway, and just a little walk away was a section of the botanic garden. To my surprise there was also a little section of allotments. I had no idea they were there, but was thrilled to find them. Two of my kiddos walked with me around the lots trying to see everything that was being grown there. There were all the usual veg, such as squash, tomatoes, and green beans, but there were also some I had not seen grown around here like the artichokes and brussels sprouts. There were also plenty of beautiful flowers. It was exciting to see some of these and it gives me some hope of what I may be able to grow in the future. I do love having some fruit and veg growing in our garden as it’s so nice to be able to run outside and pluck some juicy tomatoes off of the bush for lunch, but I can imagine it would be quite nice to whisk away for a couple of hours on your own to just clear your head and dig in the earth. With a nursing babe, that’s not really a possibility at the moment, but in the future, who knows. I have big plans on expanding my garden next year, and hopefully not so many of my seedlings will die. As I am basically teaching myself the ropes, I guess I must expect plenty of failures, but hopefully I’ll start having more successes as well. Regardless, it’s refreshing to see food being grown, and for me it is extremely fulfilling to feed myself and my family food that we have grown ourselves. What are your favourite things to grow?

gardening • Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 • 3 Comments »

Painted Pinwheel

Painted Pinwheel I adore this little cactus, a Painted Pinwheel. It belongs to my daughter and it sits on my kitchen windowsill. I see it many times a day and I just love that even though it’s a cactus, it is a perfect little flower.

gardening • Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 • No Comments »

The Home Creamery and Landscaping with Fruit

The Home Creamery These are two books that I am really excited about. I’ve already been making my own yogurt for about a year and a half, and we made butter once, but I have been interested in making different kinds of dairy products for a while now. The Home Creamery is fantastic and has all the info I need to try sour cream, creme fraiche, mozerella, kefir, cottage cheese and many more. I think it’s a good beginner’s look into making your own dairy products. The second half of the book is full of recipes that use all of the different kinds of cheeses and milks. I’m really excited about getting my kids involved and trying these out. I can only imagine how good a pizza would be with made from scratch dough, homemade sauce, tomatoes right off the vine, basil from out of the pot, and homemade mozzarella. Landscaping with Fruit Landscaping With Fruit is another book I’m loving. This year I took the plunge and got four fruit bushes, three currants and a raspberry bush. Granted, they are teeny and the currants aren’t even producing fruit yet, but I happily dream about the day when we can walk out into the garden and collect baskets of berries, or pick pears, or apples, or peaches off of trees. This book is beautiful to look at and has given me quite a few ideas to use when planting more fruit.

books, food, gardening • Monday, September 14th, 2009 • 2 Comments »

Purple Onions and Orange Tomatoes

purple onion and an orange tomato I have always been fascinated by tomatoes that are colours other than red, so this year we planted several different varieties of tomatoes.  I was really excited about bright yellow, sunshine orange, and dark purple tomatoes.  Alas, the Lemon Boy plant succomed to some bizarre fungus.  The Black Cherry plant somehow managed to not grow very much at all. My Valencia tomato plant, however, is doing just fine with at least 20 tomatoes.  Despite being accidentally broken off the vine, this little guy ripened up beautifully on the porch. Our little red onion also suffered a blow early on in life.  When it was tiny, some curious little fingers attempted to pluck it out of the ground.  With it’s roots barely under the soil, this onion grew above ground.  He managed to grow to a decent size and will soon be enjoyed for a meal. This is the first year I’ve attempted planting anything more than herbs in pots, but I am loving every minute of it.  I may not know enough to figure out what happened to two of my tomato plants, but the small successes we are having are fantastic.  I am very much looking forward to better luck next year, and the huge amounts of orange tomatoes we should get here shortly.

gardening • Saturday, September 5th, 2009 • 1 Comment »