Monthly Archives: July 2012

Transplants: Lily of the Valley

During my undergraduate degree in Victoria, I lived in a basement suite in Cadboro Bay, in a house with a fabulous garden. The garden was lush and private, and the trees and tall hedges surrounding the yard gave it a … Continue reading

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Transplants: miniature strawberries

This is the first of three posts are about “transplants” – plant gifts from other gardeners. These miniature strawberry plants came to us from a garden on Gambier Island. We planted them in the back yard and within two years … Continue reading

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Compost Rant

(This post requires a disclaimer. Compost is my favorite gardening topic. I get extremely passionate and opinionated about compost and I can talk about it for hours. You don’t have to indulge me by reading this whole post. Really, you … Continue reading

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Seven blushing maidens

Every single time I utter the words “farmers market” in our house, the Man yells “Seven Blushing Maidens!” which is the short version of  “seven blushing maidens selling three heads of lettuce”.  This is how he used to describe the … Continue reading

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Garlic is almost ready

When I was small I was one of those people who would open all their Christmas gifts early and then would wrap them up again and pretend to be surprised on Christmas morning. Actually, forget the “small” part…I still do … Continue reading

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Preparing Fava Beans

The fava forest is now over six feet tall and the bean pods are are ripening. Although fava plants grow straight up without support, as the pods started to get heavy I had to tie them up so they wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Saskatoon berries: the taste of summer

Our Saskatoon berry tree in the back yard has been producing for years, but this is the first year that we’ve been able to pick and eat many of the berries. Since most of the berries are still far out … Continue reading

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