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Garden and Greenhouse Ramblings in April

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This year has been a bit of a scramble, even now, still feeling like I am playing catch up....

Little Lilah became ill in January and much time was spent running to the vet, then caring for her, not sleeping, worrying, and thus, 2013 got off to a rough start.

This month, I have not spent much time in the back yard/potager as I get sad when I go back there and think about my darling Lilah. Puppy is not very garden friendly yet, so that also cuts back on the time I can spend in there, she romps thru raised beds, planted or not, pulls heads off of blooms, eats the sticks, labels, tags and stakes...

Therefore ... time heals all, but for this month I will just post a few pics.


Potatoes have sprouted.... when they are 6 to 8 inches tall, I will throw more soil over them, leaving just the tips above the soil level.


The garlic beds are truly thriving in the sun, rain, sun of spring...
I planted something in and around the garlic last fall and am not sure what it is...
Think it might be Br…

Easy Tomato Cage Hothouses

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Brr, the last few night have certainly been chilly.
Super glad I have not yet been tempted to get my tomatoes outside and get an early start on things...

Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchini and peppers want the night time temps to be +10C (50F) in order to thrive.

If you plant them too early or they get too cold, the veins will turn purple. This is a sign that the root system is unable to access the phosphorous in the soil. It will cause the plant to delay it's growth and fruiting by many weeks. Please wait till temps are averaging close to the 10 degree mark.

However, in case you are impatient and want to get a head start on things....
This tomato cage hothouse is an inexpensive idea that a customer and great gardener friend of mine passed on to me. She had fabulous tomatoes last year, despite the fact that June was very wet and cool.

Soooo, just in case we have one of those terribly cool and wet June's, once again, as we are known to do here on the island, or to get …

Scented Geraniums

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I am so stoked! Finally found some scented pelargoniums (aka geraniums) so that I am able to share this passion of mine with you all.

I am a huge fan of pelargoniums (annual geraniums) of all kinds ...  scented, ivy, zonal, seed ... I love them all..


The scented ones I have this year are ... Pink Champagne (my fave!), Shrubland Rose, Peppermint, Chocolate Mint, Ginger, Nutmeg, Frensham Lemon, Lavender, Prince of Orange, and Coconut! Yummers!

I also have 'The Waspinator' and 'Citronella".

Reasons to grow scented pelargoniums....

Some are bug repellents....

Varieties that repel fleas ... Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon Frensham, and Citronella.

Varieties that repel mosquito's ... Citronella, Frensham Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint as well as regular geraniums.

Varieties that repel wasps ... Waspinator

As they are highly scented, they are not liked by deer or rodents either.
For areas with a heavy deer population that trial everything, the strongest scented ones would…

This One Is a Tough One....

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So, for those of you who have followed me over the past three years, more or less, you will all know that my sweet Mastiff, Delilah, aka Little 'Lilah, has been with me in the potager and greenhouse business, every step of the way.

Lilah, checking out the fall peas.... peas, strawberries and carrots were the favourites.
Sadly, Little Lilah became very ill in January.

After several weeks of tests, pokes, prodding, shaving, joint tapping, and all sorts of other nasty things, turns out she had come down with an auto-immune disease. Lilah being not quite 4 years of age, was at the prime age for this disease that  attacks her immune system, joints in particular.
After diagnosis, on drugs, but sadly, still losing weight...
Sadly, the disease got the best of my darling best friend, my support system and best buddy, greenhouse helper and love of my love.

Little Lilah passed away on April 6th. 2013 at not quite 4 years of age.


R.I.P. Delilah aka Little 'Lilah May 16, 2009 - April…

Potatoes I Planted This Year

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Planted potatoes today, March 31st.

Is a bit (week or two) earlier than I usually do them, but our weather has been stunning so the beds are dry and ready to go....

This year I am carrying seed potatoes at the greenhouse and so decided to plant up one package of each variety I have.
Want to test them out, see if we find any new favourites...

The tried and true with us are the fingerling types as we always plant Bananas and red French Fingerling's.

Am most excited to try out the Carlita's and the new Orchestra potatoes.
They are both organically grown, but most importantly, are both said to be drought tolerant. We have drought here on the island each summer. Rains all winter and dry as dust all summer long.
If I can water these guys less, maybe much less, it means a lot less work for me ...  and saves on water, of course! ; )


Here are the varieties, once again, that I am carrying at the shop and growing in the garden this year ....

Early seed potato varieties - These spuds …

In The Spring Potager

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Lovely warm weather brings on the chicks ...

Also, need a burst of colour  out back ... this little teal blue birdbath is one of the few pops of colour until the blooms come out... along with the peeling, more shabby than chic, table and chairs...

The birdbath also serves as Little 'Lilah's water bowl ; )

In October last year, I planted up three beds of garlic... Legacy, Red Russian, and Music. The weather had been so hot and so dry for months that the soil was like planting in sand or dust. I took the sprinkler and placed it on each bed for an hour, at a slow soak, to try to penetrate the super dry soil. a couple of weeks later the rains started, so I only had to super soak twice to get them off to a good start. It must have worked as they are all up about 8 inches now and going strong. 

In the back you see two of my three, sturdy, new pea/bean trellises! So excited!

I have tried some of the cute and rustic ideas for the shelling peas to scramble up, only to have them b…