Chickens are an integral part of my garden. They help keep the bugs under control, as well as eat the tops of the weeds off. They also provide me with some great fertilizer and much like the zucchini plants, they provide a never ending supply of food. Enough so that between my neighbors and I, we can’t seem to eat enough eggs and zucchinis to keep up. However to my kids the chickens are their pets, so when a fox came into the yard looking for dinner, it was quite a traumatic experience....
This is how my terrace garden has taken shape this season. The rainy season is about to end and timely pruning, partial replenishing of soil, addition of fertilizers and control of harmful insects has resulted in a healthy plant growth, good looking flowers and vegetables. Some of vegetables are yet to bear fruit and I will post their pictures in the near future. As an additional activity I have started breeding Guppy fish. The aquarium tanks were constructed by me on my terrace and it was a ...
I have been meaning to post this since last summer, but as always, life is busy. For mother’s day, my kids wanted to build my wife a water garden, complete with a fountain and water plants. We found a plastic pot, filled it with water and went down to our local garden center to pick out some water plants and a fountain. We found a little turtle fountain for the pot, sadly that 1st winter I forgot to bring it indoors. When everything froze the left over water in the turtle expanded a...
I wrote this blog post earlier this spring before I joined Garden Tenders. It is my construction process of how I built the raised bed and traced them into the hillside. My wife also had a good time making fun of me and my rototilling technique. You can read the whole story on my blog Building Terraced Garden Boxes
A few weeks ago I finally managed to get the long awaited garden shed built. Getting the agreement to build the shed had been a more difficult process than actually building it, if you recall an earlier post I did here about the Garden Shed Controversy. Once it was settled to build the shed, my wife pitched in and we had it built in the course of a weekend and few evenings and fresh coat of paint and roof shingles added the following Saturday. After spending the late afternoon and early eveni...
I have been into gardening my whole life. I credit my love of gardening to my grandfather, who always had a huge backyard garden. As a kid, it was a big deal to help grandpa plant his garden every spring, and then go back in the summer to help him harvest it and help grandma can green beans. Therefore, I wanted to build a cold frame to help get my little garden to produce what my grandfathers did. You can read about how I went about building my first cold frame and a mistake I made...
On warm summer evenings time my wife and I sit on the deck as the sun goes down. We sit there with our ice tea and ramble on with family gossip and pointless discussion of the happenings around town or at work. This is all very reasonable and a pleasant way to enjoy each other’s company. I have come to believe that the soft scent of the flowers from the garden in the evening breeze acts as an intoxicant however, as it is also the time when ideas take shape in our mind. Ideas that evolve i...
So the second month after planting came and went on the 24th… Here was the growth after one month, and at the two month mark last week… We’ve been enjoying a side dish of Green Beans once or twice a week for about a month, and Radishes aplenty… Only a trickle so far from the Cherry Tomatoes (and none from the Big Boys), even though the plants are loaded! We’ve got a varmint problem, as I first discovered with the Pumpkin Plants… Something has been...
July, 2014 “one for the record books” >> my worst year of gardening. It started out in the spring: between the extremely cold and long winter, where I’d usually be cleaning up the gardens in March, I didn’t get to that task until …. well, I really never did! And then, I was so busy with my other job (behaviour consultant) that I had not time left to even start seedlings. In late May I threw some seeds in the ground just to say I was growing a garden. I h...
Last winter was devastating on the new greenhouse, the Suntuf panels made it through the winter but not so for the flexible vinyl sheeting. By the end of the winter most of the vinyl panels would be blown out. So this spring, I started striipping the old off and replacing the vinyl with the Suntuf roof panels. At the very bottom of the greenhouse, I put Smart Siding to fill in the last space, Smart Siding is primed T-111 sheeting, which gives good resistance to the weather. I am now ...
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