Baby chicks

Haha! I wish! If only I could have backyard chickens. Alas, I have to suffice with the rooted variety. I can’t wait to find interesting little nooks and crannies to stuff these guys into. I planted some last year among the huge bank of armour stone we have around the front yard, but they were singletons…

Brrr…

What the hell May? Last night the low was around 2-3ºC. Today it was all manner of weather: freezing rain, sleet, snow, regular rain and sun, windy as all get out and damn cold, only about 5-6ºC. Needless to say I covered up my veg garden last night, and I’ve kept it covered all day…

The lazy mom’s guide to beautiful planters

Last year I was shopping at a garden centre with my mom and trying to figure out what plants to get for my front porch planters (and vaguely wondering how I’d find the time to plant them, with my then 6 week old baby). And of course my mom being the brilliant lady that she…

Officially a working mom

It’s official. I’m a working mom. I’ve heard this described on the interwebs as ‘super mom.’ Which seems silly to me, because aren’t like, almost all moms working moms these days? I guess we’re all super. Anyway. It’s hella hard. But our family is finding a groove. If you can call 4:30 a.m. wake up calls…

Infestation

Look! It’s a post about gardening! Obviously with a newborn baby virtually all my hobbies have had to take a back seat this year. But since I missed out on gardening the previous two seasons I just had to get something going this year. I managed to sprout some tomatoes and our beloved mystery chile…

Garlic obsessed

I’m a little obsessed. I love growing garlic. I love eating it too of course. I love the smell of it. I love the earthy goodness of it. I love roasting it and using it in salad dressings, or marinating with it. Back at the end of July I harvested my garlic crop, which I…

Toronto’s Garlic Festival

A couple weeks ago we hit up the incredibly popular Toronto Garlic Festival, held at the Brickworks, which is right around the corner from my house. We went last year as well — and it was just as busy. Last year I was looking to beef up my garlic seed. I have been growing garlic…

Hello deer

Friday night I was doing a bit of plant clean up on my deck, the only real garden I’ve had in two years, when I noticed someone was staring back at me. I watched him for a while, as the squirrels dropped acorn bombs all around him. He was utterly unconcerned about the assault hailing down…

Taking shape

Guys! It’s happening!! We finally got our permit for our deck and porch and holy crap they are under construction!! In probably less than a week I will be able to sit out and enjoy a cold beer on my brand new deck! And by late July our entire outdoor space, front and back, should…

Diggin

I got to get my boots dirty this weekend after a long summer of no gardening. We’re not going to be able to get any gardens up and ready this fall at the new house so I planted next year’s garlic out at the farm. I had picked up two new varieties of garlic at…