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Blog series by MsDebbieP consisting of 33 parts so far

Part 1: Tomato Planning

12-08-2011 01:02 PM by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

Dec. 8/11 Upper Canada Seeds has their new catalogue out. Yippee. This is “the” place to search for tomato seeds. With 7 FULL pages of tomato varieties, the options are almost endless. And so I scan through the list and I start to plan.   My Goals for 20121. I want/need tons of tomatoes next year for: dehydrating/freezing canning – salsa and salsa juice tasty, meaty, yummy tomatoes for eating fresh off the vine 2. I want/need a variety of tomatoes ...

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Part 2: Next Catalogue

12-09-2011 02:41 PM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

12/8/11 Another day – another catalogue. I said, to Rick, “Look what came in the mail!” His response: “A seedy catalogue” hehee oh yes. Things are getting seedy this afternoon. As I perused the list of seeds available through William Dam Seeds I found myself, for the first time really, being very selective about what I wanted to get. As I said in my last blog, I want to focus on salsa ingredients and some basic vegetables this year—plus the flowers fo...

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Part 3: My 2012 workout routine begins

02-29-2012 03:57 AM by MsDebbieP | 12 comments »

Feb. 29/12 Yesterday I began my 2012 workout. Finally. My body is glad to be off the couch, out of the house, and getting some exercise! With the intention of pruning the grape vines (which, by the way, I didn’t get completed), I started out with clippers in hand and a wheelbarrow at my side. A little snip here and a little snip there… “oh,”, I said to myself, “I might as well pull out the dead flower stalks now as well…” (I pulled the sta...

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Part 4: first veggies for 2012??

03-07-2012 02:44 PM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

... first veggies for 2012 or is it last veggies of 2011? March 7, 2012We just had carrots for supper—carrots freshly dug from our garden. As I was cleaning up the garden area I was surprised to find that carrots that I hadn’t pulled in the fall were still in good shape. I hadn’t covered them as the carrots that I had picked were rather small and I figured it wasn’t really worth the effort. Wouldn’t you know that the ones that I left were a good size. We...

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Part 5: Cumquats Continue...

03-18-2012 05:03 AM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

March 18, 2012 I thought I’d update my “cumquats” journey. The mini tree now sits in my dining room at a south window. I have been eating cumquats all winter long – maybe one every couple of weeks. They aren’t big and they are unique in flavour but what a treat it is to pick a fresh, organic fruit and savour it! To soften the “punch”, I add a little squirt of agave nectar.

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Part 6: Planted last year..

03-23-2012 03:19 AM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

March 22, 2012 Last year .. oh wait, it was 2 years ago – that I planted some parsnips in the garden. They reseeded themselves last year. This week I dug them up (or most of them) and brought them in for cooking.We had “French Fried Parsnips” the other night. Delicious. Last year – and yes it was last year – I planted sorrel, garden sorrel and french sorrel. The patch of garden sorrel is looking really, really good. I picked some yesterday while walking by ...

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Part 7: March 23, 2012

03-23-2012 06:24 AM by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

Apricots, anyone? Oh I do hope these little guys survive the upcoming “cold spell’ we are going to have. [NOTE: last year we planted the tree on May 5th and it had blossoms then. We are a little earlier this year!] And here is my apple tree surrounded by daffodils.I forget the purpose of having daffodils around the base of the tree … but there is some beneficial effect. [Around the dripline helps keep deer away and helps keep the grass from encroaching on the tree&#...

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Part 8: Spring Blossoms

04-03-2012 11:29 AM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

April 3/12 This afternoon I went out to pick some garden sorrel for a salad tonight but all I found was a yellowish patch of deadness. I can’t imagine that it was the frost that got it but perhaps. With nothing there, I moved on to the Good King Henry … and look what I found nestled down in amongst the leaves…   I also found the following: Quince   Plum tree (oh I hope our freezing temperatures in the mornings won’t ruin the blossoms)...

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Part 9: Asparagus

04-05-2012 12:14 PM by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

April 5/12 Out in the lawn the sun dazzled and shone,And it was quite warm when the wind was gone.Away to the garden I flew like a flash,Tore up the weeds and ripped up the grass. And what to my wondering eyes did appear,But a miniature asparagus, so tiny and dear;But the cold early mornings had done some harmSo no picking asparagus on my little farm. But visions of spring pickings to my mind cameI whistled and shouted and called them by name:“Now ‘plum blossoms! Now R...

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Part 10: If only....

04-07-2012 03:48 PM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

April 7/12 If only all of these blossoms would become plums … (well not ALL of them because the poor little tree couldn’t handle it .. but.. let’s say “if only LOTS of these would become plums…)

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Part 11: Project "Pests"

04-13-2012 08:20 AM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

April 13, 2012Last year I put a lot of effort into protecting my gardens/trees from rabbits, chickens, cats, and whatever else was nibbling away at uprooting my plants and trees. I have fencing everywhere, tree protectors on most trees and bushes and, for the most part, I think I had the problem licked and “we” were living together quite amicably on this piece of land. Sigh… Last week as I working on my main “fenced in” garden I noticed that something was n...

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Part 12: First Blossoms

04-18-2012 01:38 AM by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

April 18, 2012 For the record … yesterday my “Prairie Cherry” and “Saskatoon Berry” were blossoming. I planted them last year so this is the first time I have seen them in bloom. Nice. Prairie Cherry Saskatoon Berry

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Part 13: Another Convert

04-21-2012 03:08 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

April 21, 2012 Yesterday, Rick and I were sitting outside chatting about the yard and Rick said, “it’s just as easy to plant something you can eat as you can flowers, so why not grow food! Those tipi poles, you could have grapes growing up them. Why not!” I have converted him to my way of thinking!! MWHAHAHA So now, instead of a flowering vine growing up the tipi poles it will be grapes. Rick commented that it would be pretty difficult to pick them once they got too...

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Part 14: Shopping Trip!

04-21-2012 07:06 AM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

April 21, 2012 It’s Earth Day Weekend … and I’m off to Grobe’s Nursery in Kitchener. Isn’t that a great way to celebrate and honour the earth??!!! The plan .. more edibles. I’ll update this when I get home. I have quite a list prepared. I laugh because our neighbours are cutting down all the bushes/ etc on their property (moved in a couple of years ago) , cleaning it all up and making it all look so manicured. And here I am planting, planting, plan...

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Part 15: Nannyberries

04-28-2012 01:07 PM by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

April 28, 2012 In 2007 & 2008 I planted a couple of Nannyberry bushes. Last fall (2011) I finally got to taste one of the little berries – it tasted like banana, in my opinion. The berries were few and far between last year – just a handful of bunches. This year … drum roll… look out! Tree #1 is shaded, located between some lilacs, our cherry tree and our tall, out of control hazelnut tree. It didn’t produce many fruit last year. Tree #2 is ope...

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Part 16: More Edibles!

05-08-2012 06:08 AM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

May 8, 2012. A couple of years ago I purchased some plants from Henry Fields (.ca) and some plants never arrived, some I got a discount for, some were planted and didn’t survive – actually the only thing that I think I have is a haskap berry bush that is now about a foot high, after several years. At the time, I said, “Never again”—but never say “never”. I wanted to add a persimmon tree to my yard as it is a “Carolinian” variety so I...

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Part 17: Tomatoes

05-16-2012 07:52 AM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

May 16/12 As part of my gardening area I have a fenced in blueberry patch. In it, I dumped buckets and buckets of leaves last fall and the year before in order to help create an acidic soil for the blueberries. Last spring, I planted a row of tomatoes on the north side of the fence. All I did was put a layer of newspaper on top of the grass, throw a shovelful’s worth of soil on top for each plant and stuck in the little tomato plant. (I later extended the fence to enclose the toma...

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Part 18: Haskap / Honeyberries

05-21-2012 03:14 PM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

May 21/12 I planted haskap berries last year because:1) they are an edible2) they are winter tolerant in our region3) I’d never heard of them before and I found a supplier in the area I planted … and I waited … I waited for the first berries that supposedly taste something like a blueberry and .. or I should say—“AND!!!!”—they are the first fruit to ripen. So here we are nearing the end of May, about a month before the strawberries will be re...

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Part 19: Curly Dock

05-29-2012 10:03 AM by MsDebbieP | 18 comments »

May 29/12 In-between rain showers today, I did a walk-about and took my trusty hoe with me in case I found some undesirables. Everything was looking lovely (oh my goodness, my Marsh Hibiscus has grown a foot taller since yesterday) ... “but” in a couple of places I found stands of curly dock. Rising high above the rest of the plants with its green stalk and spreading wide with its huge leaves, I decided that it didn’t fit and so I whacked at its stem. Now, I’v...

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Part 20: Delicious

05-31-2012 02:04 PM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

May 31/12 (I don’t think I need to say anything more. .. except that it was the first.)

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Part 21: Fruit Trees in SW Ontario

06-08-2012 08:35 AM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

June 8/12 Rick was talking with a farmer yesterday who has about 40 apple trees in his orchard. He said that he has searched and searched and cannot find a single apple. He said that the early spring we had in March, tricked the trees and they blossomed early. Those that were pollinated were frozen in the following “winter part II”. The blossoms that bloomed later, also got hit by a frost and were also doomed. I hope this isn’t a sign of what is happening everywhere...

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Part 22: Blueberries

06-20-2012 04:32 PM by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

It’s June 20th (2012) ... and I just ate a handful of ripe blueberries. Me thinks that is a tad early for blueberries!

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Part 23: What Am I Creating Here?

06-23-2012 08:01 AM by MsDebbieP | 14 comments »

June 23/12 When we first introduced GardenTenders.com to the world my yard was basically a typical green lawn. It didn’t take long, though, to be inspired by the postings of the new members and my journey of becoming a real gardener began. Over the years, (it’s been five years, now), I have become more aware of environmental issues and the goal of growing my own food has become a priority. I have planted fruit trees, nut trees, and fruit bushes and I have added perennial ...

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Part 24: Gooseberries

07-03-2012 08:18 AM by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

July 3/12 Last year I planted a couple gooseberry bushes. The sawfly (?) stripped them of their leaves. This year, as soon as I noticed a nibble or two I sprayed them with a soap/water solution and then repeated it for the next two days. Today I picked a handful of berries from one of the bushes… ... and I ate a couple. oh my goodness: Delicious!!! The second bush doesn’t have many berries on it but seems to have spent its time shooting up the branches. Maybe ne...

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Part 25: Apple Juiced

08-16-2012 04:00 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

August 15/12 This year, in SW Ontario, Canada, the fruit trees took a beating from the frosts earlier this spring. Apparently there is an over 80% loss in produce. That’s a little scary and on a personal note, well, I have no cherries, pears, plums, apricots, or apples… well, not true. We had one apple. One big luscious apple. YIPPEE Rick found the apple when cutting the grass this week. Over the past month or so we have had no rain and everything has suffered. This week,...

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Part 26: ... and speaking of apple trees

08-16-2012 05:21 AM by MsDebbieP | 10 comments »

August 15/12 This spring I purchased two Colonnade trees from Grobe’s Nursery in Kitchener, Ontario. One tree was a crabapple (the pollinator) and the other was an Emeraldspire Apple. The crabapple is looking good but, sadly, the Emeraldspire did not survive the summer. And so I contacted the nursery, sending pictures of the tree. Now, if you read my blog about my spring purchases you might remember that the service that I received at the check-out was not very “custo...

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Part 27: Hi Ho, Hi Ho... It's Off To Canadale We Go

09-01-2012 02:38 PM by MsDebbieP | 7 comments »

Sept. 1/12 Tis the time for planting trees again this year … and Canadale Nurseries in St. Thomas has their fruit trees on sale for half price. Can you see the glazed over look in my eyes?? :D Now, I can very proudly say that I didn’t just do a “tree fever” purchase but, rather, not only did I go with a plan but I also did a little research before I left. The Goal- to add more fruit trees to the yard- to add a variety of cultivars, with different harvest dates...

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Part 28: Fall Strawberries - 2012

09-11-2012 08:54 AM by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

September 11/12 Today I ate two more delicious strawberries from the garden. (I ate them when Rick went to town so I didn’t have to share today mwhahahaah – evil laugh) You’d think that I had planted everbearing strawberries, but I did not. These are “redcoats”, the same variety that my dad grew on the farm many moons ago—- unless the company gave me the wrong plants. The only other possible reason for ripe berries is the dry summer that we had and...

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Part 29: Hazelnut Harvest

09-23-2012 11:00 AM by MsDebbieP | 11 comments »

Sept. 23/12 I picked the clusters of hazelnut husks off of our little trees today. The end result: 1/4 pound of nuts. Pictures and project update: here >>

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Part 30: Saving Seeds -- Tomatoes (Question)

09-27-2012 08:58 AM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

Sept. 27/12 This year my main goal (other than the big get-together) was to start saving seeds. This year hardly any of my crops produced anything, other than the tomatoes and peppers. Fortunately these are key elements in my garden as I preserve a lot of salsa. As for the goal of seed-saving, however, I basically gave up on that this year because of the lack of good crops. I will buy some (hopefully) good seed next year and work from it. Having said all that, as I was picking som...

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Part 31: English Chestnuts ... bounty

09-30-2012 08:58 AM by MsDebbieP | 10 comments »

Sept. 30/12 The other day I posted on one of my blogs/projects that although I had expected a bumper crop of chestnuts I only picked up 1.5 pounds. I had looked up to see what was left on the tree and didn’t see anything. ... can you see where this is heading?? Yah… I went out this morning to see how many more nuts I could find and I had to come back to the house to get my basket. When I looked up this time, in one of my many back stretching breaks, I saw an abundance ...

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Part 32: Chestnut "Butter"

10-16-2012 06:25 AM by MsDebbieP | 0 comments »

Oct 16/12 Last week I made some chestnut puree for .. hmm.. I think it was a stuffing recipe. That recipe was “ok”. But.. I ended up with almost a pint jar full of the stuff and had to find a recipe to use it up. I decided on just using it as a chestnut butter and spreading it on some toast. I liked it and would use it again.Rick: I couldn’t get any “flavour”. (so, no opinion, but he didn’t “not” like it so that’s a plus.) ...

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Part 33: It's December, Right?

12-03-2012 01:32 PM by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

It’s December… December 3rd as a matter of fact… Today I took a wee jaunt outside and saw some clumps of grass growing in the strawberry patch. So I took a few minutes and pulled them out – oh gardening in December. How wonderful! And then I saw it… what is that white thing? Yes indeed – a strawberry blossom. I looked at some other plants and ….. A clump of three more blossoms!! December. December 3rd. In Ontario.Canada. ((Shakin...

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