new beginnings

Wow. Two years of silence and I find myself wondering if I really want to keep doing this. So many things have changed in the last two years, some good and some not so good.

Rather than try to explain my absence I’ll just kind of pick up again and continue writing about my day to day life. Hubby is now retired so life has changed a little but for the good. He doesn’t like gardening quite as much as I do, but he is around more to help with maintenance and the heavy lifting.

I’m impatient for Spring to really and truly arrive. The last few weeks we’ve had a lot of rain but I won’t complain. Last year we had some extreme drought conditions (weird, with living on the “wet” coast). Some areas of BC weren’t allowed any watering at all and many of our nurseries lost valuable stock.

Today’s temperature: 10ºC  . Cloudy with the occasional shower.

Blogger with good intentions

“Blogger with good intentions” should definitely be the name of this blog because I failed miserably at making ANY posts about the garden once it got going. It just seemed there was never any time for anything other than posting the odd photo on Instagram or Facebook. So to the handful of people who bookmarked this blog, and the few that occasionally message me to ask “why aren’t you posting?” – I apologize.

gardenbellIt’s getting on to fall now and I am getting ready to put the garden to bed for the winter. I thought about being a year round gardener but then I realized that as someone who hates to be wet or cold that would be a really unpleasant thing to attempt!

What I will do instead is make the effort to post more here over the next little while about what worked (and didn’t) in the garden of 2013. I will add some photos and show a little of our plans for next year for both the front and back yards. I will talk about my knitting, which is fully underway again, and my attempts to do better meal planning than I’ve been doing over the summer.

Longing for the sun

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Even more than wanting to be warm without socks and hoodies, I’m anxious for the sun to stay out for longer than a day at a time. I miss the sun. This photo makes me smile because I remember what a gorgeous August day it was, and how perfect the yard looked to me. I think while the yard still looks so barren and empty you’ll be seeing a lot of photos from last year on here.

This past Monday I managed to cut the edge around 90% of the new garden space, then dig about a 3′ x 3′ piece of sod out (where the raspberries are moving to) before the rains took hold again. The raspberries were planted too close to the deck (my fault), and I’m digging out a 10 foot x 3 foot area for them first. I’ll turn it by hand and add some compost and build it up with soil from the existing vegetable garden. We’ll add the wood ties later. After removing the sod from the rest of the new section I’m going to rent a rototiller. The beds are going to be raised but this soil is heavy (and clay-based) and turning it all by hand would not be good for me or the hubby, who has offered to help on his days off from work. After that I’ll get a couple of yards of good garden soil delivered, which I’ll then have to transport from where-ever it gets dumped to the garden in the back.

I did manage to plant some garlic and was pleased to see that I have some green onions coming up that self-seeded from last year. Bonus!

I’m taking a one day beginner landscaping course at a local nursery in a couple more weeks, and found a program online to map out my garden so I took all sorts of measurements on Monday. As well, I ordered a couple of interesting looking gardening books, which arrived unexpectedly today (surprised the heck out of me since I used amazon’s free shipping option which usually takes at least 5 days if not longer). There will be more on these books and the author later.

Since today was a lovely day to be outside ONLY if you are a duck, I spent my time immersed in code, trying to learn as much as I can about WordPress. I’ve not stretched my brain like this for a while and it feels good (and struggled with “a while” vs “awhile”, so it was nice to have Grammar Girl to fall back on).

My garden books are calling… can you hear them? Since the new washer/dryer won’t be arriving until the middle of next week (our 23 year old pair packed it in), I also have that time when I’d normally be doing laundry to enjoy the new books. Who needs clean clothes anyway?