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The Terrible Tomato Year ... Heirloom At Fault?

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Black Seaman Heirloom Tomatoes
I had a friend tell me the other day that she was not going to grow heirlooms next year... :( Sob!

This was her first year growing heirlooms tomatoes over hybrids... and we just happened to have a really terrible tomato growing year...
Sadly, most tomatoes did not ripen till late in the year, and some with less tomatoes than usual....

Our May was lovely and warm this year, kinda like the way things used to be in the good old days, and a real treat after last years cold and wet May:)

However, then came June...  June this year was very cool and very wet ...  this meant trouble for things like cucumbers and tomatoes that need heat in order to take up the nutrients from the soil and start producing. It took so long for the soil to warm up this year, that the plants were severely set back in both growth and productivity.

In reality, that tomatoes did so poorly had little to do with whether they were heirloom or hybrid, but rather with the poor season we h…

Greenhouse Ramblings in October

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Brr, what a chilly day outside today. Thank goodness for the warmth of the greenhouse ;)


Candles melting out on the deck in mid-October
Autumn weather came to the island with a bang this year... over night, we went from mid 20's C with candles melting on the deck ... to rainy and only 10 C!

Brr! Seems so cold as it changed so quickly.

Inside The Greenhouse ...



The greenhouse at this time of year is used to house the cleaned up annuals, half hardy and hardy herbs, new cuttings, and seedlings ...

It does not go into real production mode until after Christmas. That is when I haul in all the tables again, the heating cables for seeding, lighting, etc...

Till then, the greenhouse is mostly just a lovely place to linger amongst the scent of summer .....


Geraniums are re-potted and tidied up for fall... cuttings have been taken of the favourites... I do love geraniums.


 Geraniums...


The Rosemary has also been re-potted and cuttings taken for new babies next year.

The year old topiary …

October Ramblings

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Hey you all, I know, I know, I missed the Ramblings in September.... somehow with the busy garden clean up and greenhouse being open, I totally forgot to share what was up!

Here is a catch up on what is going on this month...

Rain! Finally! We have just now had two days of drizzle.
Is not much yet, not nearly enough, but it sure helps :)

But then!!! We got a whole bunch of rain during the night :) Whew!

That's a lot of rain in one night!

In The Potager ... The Raised Beds

The nicotiana's, zinnia's and garden peas are still going strong! The Red Mammoth cabbages are amazing! (Except a wee bit of slug damage! Grr!) Though they may soon start splitting with all this rainfall! The new strawberry bed has been planted up... I start with new plants or runners (daughters from the mother plants) every 3 years to ensure great fruits. Planting this time of year allows the plants to root in ... So that we are able to harvest lots of berries already next spring. Garlic beds!  Ou…

Stuff To Do In October

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What to plant this month ...everything!



- Roses
- Pansies
- Tulips, daffodils, alliums, muscari, hyacinths ....



- Rhubarb
- Strawberries
- Blueberries
- Fruit trees



- Garlic!
- Onions from sets or transplants

Garlic in June...
Toss your annuals into the compost bin as they are likely looking pretty tired now...

 Dahlias and Gladiola's Lift Canna, Calla, Gladiola, and Dahlias bulbs....
Cut off most of the tops and place to dry in a shady yet warm area (like the furnace room). Do not place right onto the concrete, instead spread them out on newspaper..
Let dry for a few weeks, cut off remaining tops, and place in buckets, ice cream pails. boxes, etc... topped with some potting mix or peat moss.
Lightly mist, label, and put away into dark, dry, cool area. Check on them every month or two, to see if they need a light misting again.
Lift and plant in spring when new pale green shoots begin to emerge. Clean up the small fruits... blueberries do not like to fight with weeds for water…

2012 Garlic Planting

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I have blogged several times about garlic...
A recent 'How-To' on planting ...
Last years planting of garlic ...
And tons of garlic growing updates that can be found in the 'Ramblings' throughout thelast year, up until harvest this summer.

This is how this years garlic planting went down....

This year, I planted 3 types of garlic, about 100 cloves of each :) Music, Red Russian, and Legacy.

You all know that the house is up for sale ...Hmmm, I kinda wonder what the next peeps would think about that much garlic if they were to buy before harvest time ;)


Amend your soil.... I highly recommend that you do a soil test to find out what your N-P-K levels are like, and then amend accordingly...  I tested mine, the levels are all good, and so just added lots of compost and some rock phosphates, plus a bit of high nitrogen blood meal. I will top dress once again with compost or manure later in the year....

I amend my soil spring and fall, adding organic matter to it year ro…