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Project by erika posted 07-21-2010 06:32 PM 3305 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

NORTH GARDEN
Charlie put in a meandering path. It was sure hard work in part because our land is so rocky. As for making the beds, many times I’ve had to use a pickaxe to loosen the rocks so I can make a bed. As a result, I only have three beds in that part of the garden. Hey, but we tranplanted 10 maples along the front by the road for definition and shade (some day). I planted double hollyhocks along the north border. Believe it or not, although only less than 2 feet high, they will be blooming soon.

I’m excited over my butterfly bushes. Only two survived and flourished but they’re both over 2 feet high and blossoming. The daisy bed looks full and healthy although no daisies.

The Love Lies Bleeding are doing really well and folks have asked what they are. I planted them together rather than one here and one there etc. Celosia Chinatown Red and Geraniums are looking mighty fine.

SOUTH GARDEN
I do believe I’m better at growing vegetables than flowers – or not. I’m growing monster cukes and oh, about a thousand beefeater tomatoes. Tomatoes aren’t ready yet but getting there. The lettuce I pick daily for my salad. The herbs I use daily fresh as well as I dry quite a few.

The sunflowers ar almost ready to open their beautiful flowers. Oh life is good.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON



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jroot

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posted 07-21-2010 07:07 PM

Lookin’ good, Erika. Lookin’ really good. Life is good for you. I find the double hollyhocks don’t seem to grow as tall as the single for me. They are pretty though.

Great growing with the cucumbers and the tomatoes. You’ll be able to sell some, ... or deliver some to your friends, ... or leave some on people’s door steps … LOL a thousand tomatoes? WOW ! I know, it is possibly a hyperbole. LOL

Isn’t it nice to have your own lettuce and fresh herbs? Food just tastes so much better. Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

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posted 07-21-2010 07:23 PM

Very nice looking place you have.

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

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Iris43

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posted 07-21-2010 08:28 PM

Your gardens are looking wonderful, Erika. Well taken care of and the plants are flourishing. Hard work, but fun, isn’t it? Do you plan to preserve or freeze some of your tomatoes? As jroot said, ‘food just tastes so much better’.
BTW, is the house we see your house? Nice. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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donjoe

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posted 07-21-2010 09:39 PM

Such a lovely garden space. The veggies look healthy and so robust. I really like the place where you put your bench. Looks like a tranquil spot to relax.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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erika

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posted 07-22-2010 04:13 AM

Thank you all for your kind remarks. Iris, yes the house is mine. Donnie, the bench is not that comfortable. I’ll have to look for something else – like those wonderful Muskoka chairs with foot rests.

I will be making tomato sauce for my Italian dishes. I hope I can use what I’ve got, which is beefsteak. With the peppers, I’ll be letting them get red, then roast them to make pimiento and bottle them in olive oil. I find I use that a lot when cooking and they’re so expensive to buy. OK, Jroot I have a lot of tomato plants but maybe I exaggerated just a bit. :) I’ve promised a neighbour of mine a six quart basket for her chili sauce. I share with neighbours because they have been so good to us.

The basil is doing well and I’ve already made one batch of Pesto.

This fall I’ll be enlarging the garden by two. Next year, I want beets, leeks, beans, corn, asparagus, potatoes, in addition to what I planted this year, now that I feel more confident. I have a neighbour that is bagging some manure for me to turn in the soil this fall. I hope it’s not too stinky. I’ve been composting like crazy. Now, we only have one garbage bag for the curb every two weeks. We could go three weeks but in the summer, it’s too smelly.

Any Italians out there who can give me a recipe for making my own sausage?

Meanwhile, poor Charlie is down in the ravine, cutting, clearing, picking up junk. So far, he has gathered six bags of broken bottles and glass. There is a huge pile of rusty metal that will need to be taken away.
For over one hundred years, this ravine was used as a garbage dump. It’s disgusting. We just have to continue visualizing how it will look some day. Otherwise, we’ll get discouraged.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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jroot

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posted 07-22-2010 05:20 AM

... Now, we only have one garbage bag for the curb every two weeks. ... poor Charlie is down in the ravine, cutting, clearing, picking up junk. So far, he has gathered six bags of broken bottles and glass. There is a huge pile of rusty metal that will need to be taken away. For over one hundred years, this ravine was used as a garbage dump. It’s disgusting. We just have to continue visualizing how it will look some day.

Good for you, Erika. You are becoming the stewards of the earth and the land where you live. If only more folks would do this, it would be wonderful. I have always said that if we look after the earth, it will look after us. Too bad BP didn’t think of this when they were warned of visible potential problems in the Gulf.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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erika

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posted 07-22-2010 05:45 AM

Thank you so much jroot. That was very kind of you.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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Bon

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posted 07-22-2010 07:33 PM

Ericka I just love the way you planted your Love Lies Bleeding.I noticed it the other day when I drove by.Looks so nice where you have it.Your veggie garden looks great too.And those maple trees should make a difference there some day.Nice job you and Charlie have done with the place.

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

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erika

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posted 07-23-2010 05:22 AM

Oh thanks, Bonnie. Mark Cullens wrote that this is the time of year where you look around and see what you want to change. That’s the case with me, for sure. BTW Bonnie, the double hollihocks are in bud. Half of them. The half that’s growing on that funny black gravel I have. I must have that gravel tested. It’s not like ordinary gravel. Plants like it. Go figure.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-25-2010 08:14 AM

I really enjoyed your pictures—everything looks so.. green! I love green.

The black gravel sounds interesting…

I have a hollyhock that is really short as well. I thought they all grew HUGE.

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

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erika

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posted 07-25-2010 09:47 AM

Debbie, I hope next year and in the years to come, there will be more colour and less just green. Oh, but it all takes so much time and the work is so hard. Just to dig out a bed requires clearing rocks both large and small, adding soil and manure. Sometimes the rocks are deep and you have to use a pickaxe to loosen them. At the end of the day I’m in real pain. I’m new to all this pickaxe thing.

We need to create more beds in the fall so I can divide and transfer some perennials like the brown-eyed susans, phlox, etc. Charlie doesn’t know it yet, poor fella. I think I’ll wait a little longer before I tell him.

Jroot, I have 19 tomato plants but each plant is heavy with tomatoes and still blooming so, yeah, I think there will be several hundred unless some furry beast comes along and eats them.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-25-2010 10:38 AM

beautiful green around colour is lovely .. so you have a beautiful backdrop to your flowers!

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

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 07-25-2010 10:52 AM

Got to say, that’s a unique roof line on that house.. Is it yours, or neighboring land?

We’re on year three of our house and still have tons to do… It’s getting more exhausting just thinking of it, the older I get.

I STILL have those Crepe Meryl limbs I’d cut for a fence row laying there. Though I’m going to start on that very soon.

Picture #4 looks like an outcropping of stone? Be a wicked starting location of a waterfall for a pond.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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erika

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posted 07-25-2010 02:31 PM

Scott, yes that’s my house – unique roof line and all. The house is over 100 years old and has been added on a couple of times.

Re outcropping, are you talking about the picture with the bench? That’s a hug manitoba maple lying there. We had it cut down last year and the neighbours are helping themselves to the wood but are not in any hurry, as you can see.

Actually, the best place for a waterfall or pond is where the ravine levels out again. The picture you see is from the bottom of the hill. It is so overgrown with stuff, I could not get a clear shot of the house. I’m thinking a pond would be real nice there. Waterfall? I wish.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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posted 08-08-2010 09:01 PM

Well God bless Charlie, he is doing a bang up job. But tell him that those old garbage dumps just seem to dredge up garbage forever. I had one also and I find shards of glass all over the property even after so many decades. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. But every once in awhile you find a treasure like an old bottle or a glass egg that was used to fool setting hens. So keep an eye peeled Charlie.

-- Margaret, Eagle Creek, Oregon. A garden is never finished.

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