Hi all, I haven’t logged on here in quite a while. We decided to tear up a lot of the lawn and put in an urban vegetable garden, I still wanted to keep the street appeal, but I wanted a garden that would give back. Here’s a before &...
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Location: NL Canada, Zone 5b
Hardiness Zone: 5b
I have been gardening since 1999. When we purchased our first 50 year old home we spent much of our time renovating the house and the garden. There were big beautiful trees but also being that the house was previously owned by an elderly couple the flower beds resembled grave plots with squares and rectangle mounds of soil in no special order scattered about the lawn.
I spent many summer days collecting old moldy silk flowers from the garden (The lady said they added winter color--haha) and strings of pantyhose embedded into trees and tied onto nails. Speaking of nails, the ground was full, this is where I learned to wear steel shank boots in the garden after my second encounter with a large rusty nail through the soft center of my foot...not a pleasant gardening experience.
After 5 years we decided to move on. I designed a dream home with 26' cathedral ceilings and a prow overlooking conception bay. We hired a contractor and the dream turned into a nightmare.
We spent 3 years in a crammy basement apartment where I started many seedlings of apple and pear trees on a window ledge while I contracted a smaller cottage style home myself.
The garden is ever-changing, and I am always adding new plants and structures...Now it seems 1/2 acre is just not enough so perhaps we will move on to larger land some day.
Being in Newfoundland I have the climate to work with so I am interested in short-season crops. Edible plants, especially perennials and finding new ways to grow more food in our
-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/
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We love these any time of year but they are best in the summer with garden fresh veggies. (Makes 4 large wraps – 8 halves as pictured above) For the dough: 2 cups of unbleached flour2 tbs olive oilenough water to make a soft dou...
Garden Fou Young This is an excellent way to eat a ton of veggies, all different varieties from the garden. Julienne or grate 6 cups of vegetables Onions are a must and any of the following mixture will do (lettuce, cabbage, carrots, spi...
Pickled Tree Onions 1 cup tree onion top bulbs3/4 cup vinegar1/4 cup water1/8 cup sugar1 tsp pickling spice Simmer all the ingredients (except spices) in a saucepan until onions are medium soft. Pour into a sterilized bottle with pickli...
Cabbage Rolls We had an abundant crop of Chinese cabbage this year and I made a few pans of cabbage rolls for the freezer. It’s nice to dig into them from time to time and still reap the benefits of our garden with some warm cabbage rolls ...