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My Haven #1: a second begining

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Blog entry by syble posted 07-09-2008 09:16 PM 1364 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just goes to show that even when you think you’ve started a blog, turns out you (meaning me) might not have after all, guess I really need to sit down and work at typing blog entries down when I think about them!

So I guess in this entry I will bring things up to speed. Just a little background info… I live on a farm just outside of Windsor ON, Canada. Soil is clay (heavily modified in the garden) and theres lots of sun! The main garden is about 100’ x 50’ (give or take) and has been in service for 7 or 8 years now? Though it has evolved quite a bit in its time. Speeking of eveloution, this spring we added an additional 50’x 50’ section (co now its “L” shaped) namely for sunflowers.

The main theme in the garden is edible I suppose… it is after all mostly veggies, berries and herbs, heck you can afterall eat the sunflowerseeds too… but there are a few other inhabitants… The carnivorous bog and also a flower row. The carnivorous plants have their own blog, i just have that much to say on them lolha!

So what do i grow? “Standard tomatoes”(beefsteak, early, slicing, paste and the simular size) about 25 plants worth, “cherry tomatos”(red, yellow, and grapes), dozens of sweet pepers (reds, yellows, oranges, giants and stuffers), egg plant, zuchini, yellow bush beans, and english type cucumbers rounds out the veggies… I also have 3 berry patches (strawberry, raspberry/blackberry/golden raspberry, and blueberries). And somewhere in the middle I have a row of god knows what flowers… nothing in particular, just what caught my eye that day ( so lots of petunias, dhalias, snaps, salvia and lobilia).

The big news of the garden so far is “OH MY GOD Look at all the rain!!!” which I’m sure alot of you are facing. Not quite what I expected when all winter i heard how dry they were predicting the summer to be. The soy beans would sure like a week of no rain, and ‘m sure the tomatoes would also. Can’t complain too much though, it has saved on me watering much, think I’ve only watered twice since I’ve planted.

I was a bit slow to get things going too, so I’m only beginning to harvest. The beans are loaded with flowers, as is just about everything, i have some very promising peppers, about 3” so won’t be long for them and even the tomatoes are showing some colour. The eggplant had a very bad encounter with potatoe bugs (the real menace, not the adorable rolly polies) spent some time squishing all I could find. On the good insect end of things, I have spotted a few black swallowtails on the dill (which grows abundantly in my garden). Nothing from the tomatoe hornworms as of yet though.

Tons of rain has left the garden untillable so the aisles are a wee bit weedy but other then that, all seams to be on the up and up. Have finished overhauling the standard tomatos a couple of which are nearly to the top of their cages. Oh and found i have a bird nesting not even a foot off the ground in the raspberry patch… hard to tell but i think its a yellow finch!

Hopefully some pics and more timely reports to follow!
Happy gardening!
Sib ;)



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syble

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The happenings in my southern ontario carnivorous bog.

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Greenthumb

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posted 07-09-2008 09:22 PM

Windsor area eh!

did you know that Essex county has indiginous plants that are also indiginous to the temperate rainforsets of British Columbia?

rain can be a good thing pending how you use it?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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dini

1591 posts in 3591 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 07-09-2008 09:37 PM

Another “close” neighbor!
GranT and Damocles live right across the river from you, and I’m only about 100 miles north of them.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3752 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 07-09-2008 09:41 PM

Your “Haven” sounds really quite wonderful with a lot of good honest work to keep it going. From the pics you have posted in the past, I would love to walk your “Haven” and see, smell, and touch all your wonderful variety of plants. I enjoyed reading your “blog – journal”. Look foward to pics and updates. :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3874 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-10-2008 07:33 AM

overall sounds like a very successful year!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Eklectic

1824 posts in 3674 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-10-2008 08:32 AM

The description makes my mouth watering!
I would love to walk through but will satisfy my hunger by devouring the pictures that you will post!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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Bon

7374 posts in 3654 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-11-2008 09:56 PM

Your one busy girl Syble.I too would love to take a tour of your gardens.They sound great.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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