|~ surprise lupin ~|
The sun is shining & there is still warmth in the air. A great time to be outside in the gardens...
Here is a bit of what I did this weekend:
There are some projects I leave & do in February & cleaning up the berry bushes & canes is usually one of them. This year, I'm trying a few new things...
|~ berry bushes ~|
Mulching your berry bushes & canes will keep the weeds down (which compete for nutrients in the soil) & will help in moisture retention & soil temperature moderation. Also prevents accidental lawn mower or weed wacker incidents!
|~ winter bed ~|
|~ kale ~|
The kale is loving the sunny days & is putting out new leaves like crazy. It's a good thing that I'm craving kale these days - who wouldn't love kale chips in the cool evenings watching the sun set?
Over the winter, the plants will go dormant & there won't be much available fresh, so if you have lots, I would suggest freezing some for use in stir fries or stews.
|~ raspberries ~|
I'm really loving the raspberry harvest this year! As long as we don't get super hard freezes for another month, I'll be harvesting these right up til American Thanksgiving!
|~ smoked turkey ~|
I tried something new this year with the turkey. I traditionally brine the bird prior to roasting it - which gives you a moist, flavourful bird. I've just recently brought out our smoker as I plan on smoking all our fish this year instead of sending it away to be done.
Why not smoke the turkey??
So, I brined the bird for 36 hours, rinsed it off & chopped it up as you see here. I then smoked it for 3 1/2 hours & then drizzled some rosemary/marjoram olive oil on top & put a Himalayan salt crust with ground lavender over it. It went into the oven at 275 degrees for 2 hours. Flavour-flavour-flavour!!! Definitely a hit!
|~ deck project ~|
I came home a bit early on Saturday to find a wonderful surprise! The hubby decided he didn't want to wait til next spring to build the pergola on the upper deck & he hired someone to help him install it. The weather couldn't be better for this - sunshine galore!
Today they will complete the cross beams & once the deck is all cleaned up, I'll have to take some more photos - from different angles. This structure really completes the house & I've already got plants overwintering in the greenhouse that will make their move up here next spring. Hopefully I'll have wisteria giving us some leafy shade in a couple of years.
Happy Thanksgiving - really, it is a Simple Life that gives me Simple Pleasures.