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Some 1st Year Garden Results

Garden producing..the new beds need more soil augmentation this fall/spring to help with the soil quality but we are happy enough with things for year 1 with the long bed..

Not wanting to be too adventurous with new varieties we stuck to some of our known favourites..but tried out ground cherries ( a variety of tomato?) and really loved them!

..we already ordered/recieved a pile of shit…manure for future augmentation..many of our other beds need manure too so we ordered big. We also have fall plans to ‘islandize’ some of our perennials..the war of the perennials has been tough on some while allowing others to flourish..to the point where many of our original beds look completely different due to some plants taking over. We want to keep some of our favourites but these always seem like the ones who are losing bed wars…so a new area of isolation!

…and the manure is in another newer area we are creating with fill from the new area I am pulling stumps from..but more on that later.

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Posted by on September 3, 2019 in Gardening, produce

 

Fighting Addictions

..I have a problem. Every greenhouse, garden center or shop I visit where they are selling shrubs and bushes I buy more..I have plenty but I want more, more, more.

..but today we took steps to start fighting the problem..propagation!

Sure..it is late for doing this and the chances of anything making it are slim..but practice makes perfect..and if we can get these badboys to root this whole process should be really easy in spring!

Hydrangea, pierlis, barberry, nootka, dappled willow and some russian sage..no harm in trying!

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2019 in Gardening, landscaping

 

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New Path to the Garden

Well..still some wood for next year in the way but we levelled off the old raised bed area, created a new path to the lower garden and creaded an ornamental raised bed below the oak/chestnut tree..Amazing how fast things go with the tractor bucket is on.

( but the first shot is of the new area I am pulling stumps up from )

..and once we are happy with things we will wait until fall and then put grass seed down. Grass is not our end goal.but it is much easier to deal with than weeds are!

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2019 in Construction, Gardening

 

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Grape Shape

..over the first 5 years of having grapes we have had great success with growing grapes..but in reading about wineries and encouraging proper shape of grapes plants I thought the trellis area could use some augmentation. Early spring I hacked off all of the vines I did not want to keep and limited growth to 2 or 3 vines on each plant with the hopes of training the vines in a more controlled fashion. The though process is that we do not want lots and lots of grapes but we want less grapes with more size and flavor…worth a try…experimentation is fun!

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..and as the season progresses I have been giving it a trim up to continually shape the vines..Not a fast process but by this time next year the vines should be all trained up! The trellis looks a little bare this year compared to other years as a result..but the growth is still fairly healthy

 
 

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Garden Growing

Well, the garden has been doing OK..soil needs more work as there was too much clay to fix all at once. We made the bed too wide and it is hard to really work as a result but we will make due for now. We also created 2 new smaller and less wide beds for next year ( the park pic ). One thing we did do with these 2 beds is add char ( near 10% ) to help things grow..I have seen that it does not work out in year 1 ( but that was OK as we mostly want to establish the bed now and did not expect vigorous growth in the new beds)…we will see! Next year we are going to have much more concentrated beds.

..and a shot of A* from a recent foggy hike.

 

 

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Garden Planted

Well the small garden is planted and covered with mulch..too much of it but we decided to leave it for this year. By our estimations the garden soil may not be up for real growth this year ( but we could be wrong )..so rather than overdo it we just want to get some things going. 3 zucchini, a bunch of musk melon, onions, beans, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and more…

We also need to make something to get over top of the beds without having to lean onto the bed and compact things..when we make some more of these this summer we are not going to go nearly as wide..I forgot how hard to tend things are when it is this wide.

ALso, the picture of the growing cherry trees from seed..hopefully in the fall we we have a number of whips to transplant to other locations when they go dormant. They are really small now but we are hoping they make it ( or even 1)…worth it for the time it took to harvest the pits from the trees!

Also, 4 new bushes in this ‘reinvigorated’ area ( 2 varieties of false spiraea and 2 dwarf cherry bushes ( you can only see some of them in this shot ) ..yes we have a problem)  Much of the soil in this bed is from our old garden boxes so it should not need much to get going.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2019 in Construction, Gardening

 

New Bed Beginnings

…this was the beginning. What started with a group of 3 bushes became 11 new bush beds and 20 bushes. A* will not upload the shots from her phone but I am hoping she will read this and post them as a last resort.