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Off Season Entry 11: Happy New Year!And thus ends another…

Off Season Entry 11: Happy New Year!

And thus ends another year… 2016 was a bit hectic for me so unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to blog or garden as much as I would have liked. I’d like to thank everyone who stuck with the blog this past season. I know there was a bit of a drought when it came to posts but hopefully 2017 brings with it some sunny days, comfortable temperatures and lots more gardening. As always, please continue to send in your lovely feedback and messages. I love hearing about your own home vegetable gardens. Happy New Year! and as always Happy Gardening!   

Entry 61: Time Flies!So I wanted to post these 3 pictures of the…

Entry 61: Time Flies! – Pic 1

Entry 61: Time Flies! – Pic 2

Entry 61: Time Flies! – Pic 3

Entry 61: Time Flies!

So I wanted to post these 3 pictures of the same winter melon over a couple of weeks. Pic 1 was taken July 30th! it was just a tiny numb hanging off the vine. Pic 2 was taken about a week later on Aug 7th. It was much bigger. I was already surprised at the size of that melon. But finally, Pic 3 was taken yesterday Aug 19th! And this thing was huge!!! Ended up harvesting it this morning. Going to make some soup with it. Should be good! 

I love seeing these 3 pictures together. Shows you that everything grows and changes with a little bit of love and some time. 

Entry 60: Hot Stuff! Check out this awesome haul of peppers we…

Entry 60: Hot Stuff! 

Check out this awesome haul of peppers we got from the garden today! The pepper plants have been doing really well this year. They are enjoying the extremely hot weather we’ve been getting. 

The rest of the garden is doing fine, we finally got a winter(or maybe it was the bitter) melon that’s taking shape. We’ve moved away from using too many fertilizers and additives this year so things are taking a little longer to develop. But can’t complain about the excellent produce we’ve been getting regardless. 

Entry 59: Still GreenHey everyone. Apologies for the EXTRA…

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Entry 59: Still Green

Hey everyone. Apologies for the EXTRA long absence. Life has been really busy but I’ve definitely been keeping up with my gardening. I wanted to do a extra large photo post to make up for lost time. 

So in the top row we have a photo of some tomatoes, chilies and snow peas. It’s all still green so I’ll be waiting for the tomatoes and the chilies to turn red before I pick them. The snow peas are good to go, I’ve already taken a good batch of snow peas in to make a stir fry. The middle row of pictures is sort of a before and after shot of the lettuce. The photo on the left is from a few weeks ago (I was going to post it earlier but never got time). And the photo on the right is from today. I’ve already harvested some of the leaves for salad so it looks a bit thin but the leaves are much larger then they were a few weeks ago, The last row of photos show some banana peppers and a flower from the bitter melon. No bitter melons yet but I think it’s still early in the season. So I will be patient. Happy gardening!

Entry 58: Move In DayAnyone who has ever moved can understand…

Entry 58: Move In Day – Pic 1

Entry 58: Move In Day – Pic 2

Entry 58: Move In Day – Pic 3

Entry 58: Move In Day

Anyone who has ever moved can understand the anxiety that comes with finding and arriving at your new home. It’s all the same as when you’re transplanting your seedlings into their more permanent homes in your garden. I’ll explain, first you spend months and weeks finding the right place. “Is there a grocery store near by?”, “Can you afford the rent?”,  “Is the neighbourhood safe?” It’s just like asking: “Is there the right amount of sun here?” And “are there a lot of bugs that will eat the leaves in this spot?” Then once you find the place and signed all the papers you’ll get to the place and you always need to try to fix it up. Clean it up a little so you can start moving stuff in. Similarly to mixing up the existing soil in your garden. Loosen up the soil to start fresh. Then you move in all your stuff. Basically that’s when you transplant the plants into the soil. Occasionally you bring in new furniture along with the old staples from your last place. That’s like adding a new layer of topsoil and some fertilizer to spruce the place up. Finally you’re all settled in. But you send the next few days wondering “What was that noise?” and “Why does the water from the tap taste funny?” But eventually you get use to being there and you’ll know everything’s going to be okay. Moving can be stressful, so can the process of transplanting seedlings into the soil (more so for your plants). I always like to carefully monitor them for a few days after the transplant before I know things are going to be okay at their new spots. Pics 1 and 2 are some highlights from this years first move. Pic 1 showcases some pepper plants below some celery. And Pic 2 are some more pepper plants in the foreground with some peppermint plants that we normally have in that corner. peppermint is one of those plants that just spreads if you let it. It’s resilient.

Pic 3 is actually a shot of the seedlings that sprouted from the seeds I got from the library that I mentioned in my last post. They’re doing quite well. I’m going to let them get a little bigger before moving them into a more permanent location. 

Entry 57: New Batch! It’s finally time! I went to the farmers…

Entry 57: New Batch! 

It’s finally time! I went to the farmers market and picked out these bad boys. The latest selection includes:

– beefsteak tomatoes
– roma tomatoes
– jalapeno
– sweet banana peppers
– cayenne
– california wonder peppers
– celery
– pickleling cucumbers

I’d still like to pick up some kale, lettuce, onions and bak choy but there are gardening depots popping up all over town so I’m sure I’ll be able to find them.

The weather here has been inconsistent. A weeks ago it felt like spring and then it was immediately followed by two days of near freezing temperatures. But this coming weekend is suppose to be nice. Will have to find some time to transplant these guys outside. I’m also working on a side project where I planted the free seeds I got from the library. Will try to give an update on those when they start popping up. Let me know what you’re growing this season! Happy gardening!  

Off Season Entry 9: 2016, It’s HERE!Happy new year gardeners!…

Off Season Entry 9: 2016, It’s HERE!

Happy new year gardeners! It’s a new year and the next growing season is getting closer. It feels like winter has just begun so it might be a while until my next post. I want to thank everyone for following, liking and reposting the entries from 2015! It’s really neat to know there are people out there who are reading my posts! I’ll be doing some more gardening in the spring so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, HAPPY GARDENING! 

Off Season Entry 8: Delayed ReactionsThis post is long…

Off Season Entry 8: Delayed Reactions

This post is long overdue. I moved my scotch bonnet peppers and trinidad scorpion pepper indoors a couple of months ago when the weather was getting colder. The picture for this post was taken at the end of October and the plant was still creating new fruit and ripening. It’s about two months later now, and there’s still fruit on the branches and boy are they as spicy as ever. However the peppers have remained green. It seems far too cold for them to ripen. I think it maybe getting too cold for the plants as the first big snowfall is predicted to happen tonight. A lot of the leaves are dying and less peppers are popping up. It’s okay though, it all lasted much longer then I thought it would. The weather has been mild this year. It’s the off season but I got some really great peppers outta it. I’m glad we ran this little experiment.

Entry 54: Harvest Galore!I know I haven’t posted in a while….

Entry 54: Harvest Galore! – Pic 1

Entry 54: Harvest Galore! – Pic 2

Entry 54: Harvest Galore!

I know I haven’t posted in a while. There really hasn’t been anything worth posting. There’s a constant stream of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers (Pic1) being harvested in and I guess I felt that the same post over and over wasn’t really news worthy at all. 

But this week I did harvest in all my red onions. And believe me this is news! Onions are always a waiting game. You plant them in the beginning of the season and if you want some good sized onions, like you’d see in the stores, you got to wait until the end of the season to harvest. Normally I’m impatient and end up cutting off the tops for dishes before the season’s over or I’ll harvest tiny red onions to eat during the season. This year I’ve been good and waited until we got some respectable sized onions. Check them out in Pic 2. That’s good stuff! The red onions I get are always delicious. They have a really fresh and oniony taste. It never tastes like the ones I get from the store, they’re so much better. Seriously if you’re looking for something to plant next growing season, may I suggests red onions. They are worth the wait.  

Entry 53: HOT! HOT! HOT!….Peppers!It’s August! The…

Entry 53: HOT! HOT! HOT!….Peppers!

It’s August! The weather is so nice! But let’s get to the good stuff. Check out these peppers! We got some jalapenos up on top and then some scotch bonnets to the right. Then there’s the “ring of fire” chill peppers on the far left and right in the middle are the super spicy, Trinidad scorpion morugas. Some of you may be thinking that they look a bit small but I sort of just picked the smallest of the bunch. Those peppers are intense!

A quick tip for peppers is that you can freeze them and they last for a good, long time. If you leave them on the plant too long they get old and start losing some of their heat. But I’ve found that frozen peppers still pack a punch. So don’t worry if you like heat.