Sunday, March 29, 2015

Greenhouse Rebuild - Part 1(b)

~ laying the foundation ~
Well, the eye-sore of an old greenhouse is gone, only to be replaced by a slightly less painful one. Yes - ugly blue barrels full of wonderful water...

I don't mind at all because we are now laying out the foundation for the new greenhouse & starting with a solid footing is one of the most important steps to take. In any aspect of life...

The sunshine of this past week has been a blessing to work in, but the rains have decided to return for a short while, so we will take some time to work on the plans a bit more & start gathering material for the next stage of the greenhouse...

To be continued...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dressed in White

~ white Rhodo ~
My white rhodo I planted last year is in bloom already! The white garden has been slow to develop over the years. The white daffodils & crocus have all mutated to yellows & purples - which is ok for spring colour. The white lilacs put out very small blooms last year & this year, I can already see some more coming in. I need to do some more research to find out what other 'white plants' I can find & place in this garden that will retain their white colour & bloom through-out the whole season & not just in the spring. For now - I love my wee little white rhodo & am thankful that it is white... which is why it is important to purchase your blooming shrubs while they are in bloom. Tags are not always correct...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Plant your Peas!

~ Early Peas Sprouting ~
Traditionally, March 17th is when you can head out to the gardens to plant your peas. This year I did some early weeding in some of my veggie beds & planted a few seeds several weeks ago. I put some plastic over the seeds & now they are up a few inches. The weather is still cool, so the plastic will remain in place for a few more weeks, but I think I'll put in a few more seeds to help extend the harvest later into the year. Can't wait to snip a few pea shoots for salads or stir fries while we wait for the weather to warm up some more....

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Explosions!

~ secrets under the bucket ~
 Spring is definitely in the air & I did a quick walk around the gardens this morning. 

Here's some of what I found:

The rhubarb is loving the warm temperatures that we have this spring! I picked up a food magazine this weekend (before I saw the bounty in the garden!) & there are exciting recipes for: rhubarb & lamb tagine, picked rhubarb, Chinese seared pork & rhubarb, rhubarb-ginger-saffron baked chicken & the traditional rhubarb crumble... Can't wait to start harvesting!!