Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The June rainy season winds down and with more sun the plants begin to grow noticeably more. All have been well taken care of while on vacation by neighbours and friends.
Volunteer sunflowers in compost pile.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Flowers and miscellaneous annuals from Aunt Mary.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Sneezewort (lower left), Sage (upper left) and Yarrow (upper right)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Spaghetti Squash (Cucurbita pepo) which grew out of the compost from seeds of the discarded innards of a Spaghetti Squash which we bought from Co-op that we ate during winter (ate the squash, composted the innards, not vice versa). The squash's parent was grown in Mexico, so we were surprised to see it grow here! The flowers made great salad or stir fry additions. For the latter you can batter and fry. It did grow some squash, though they were mostly small and did not ripen completely before the first major frosts at the end of August and early September, but we still ate them anyway. In the end we harvested more flowers than squash! The flowers kept popping up every couple of days all summer.
Smooth Brome (Bromus ramosus ssp. racemosus) in the back alley. We are thinking to try planting some raspberries here.
Potatoes (store-bought from Co-op), we didn't eat them in time so into the garden they went. A struggling paper birch (Betula papyrifera) behind dying a slow death due to my destruction of it's roots in the above garden expansion.
Mystery flowers, peppers, and spaghetti squash attacking the baby stroller.
Spinach (left), rhubarb and snow peas climbing in the back.
New garden expansion, ready for next year.
"The Pearl" or Achillea ptarmica (aka Sneezewort)
- Homemade Pea Sheller
- Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
- Alberta Local Grown Potatoes (Conventional)
- Carrot Varieties
- Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) - Alberta Invasive Species Series
- Happy Last Frost Day (Sort Of)
- Calgary and Alberta Gardening Blogs
- Roofing and Soil Quality
- Native Plants - May Flowers and Unknowns
- Agroclimatology - Growing-Degree Days