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Monday, March 31st, 2008
10:37 am
Plant Stand
 Hi there. This is a long shot but, I was wondering if anybody in Winnipeg has a plant stand they'd like to get rid of/sell. Preferably one with a few levels, not just a single.

Monday, February 18th, 2008
10:07 am
Need all the gardening help I can get
I've recently purchased a 67 acre property 30 mins from the perimeter from a couple who is retiring from their organic produce business, there are multiple organic gardens and two greenhouses and I am moving from a property where all I have had is a little bitty herb garden and a few tomatoes out front of my house in Headingley.

We take possession april 15th and Im wondering from you folks what I should be doing in advance of that at home, I have fairly limited space and equipment.

Keep in mind I am not planning on taking over their business and will most likely let a number of the gardens grow in because I still have a full time job.

What are my best resources for gardening in Manitoba?

Do you have any book recommendations?

planting recomendations for relatively beginner gardeners?

Friday, August 10th, 2007
7:14 am
Eek! Hail!
Did you get hailed on too? It came down here in my part of Winnipeg about 1am. I'm afraid to go look at my garden *reports to follow*

Current Mood: anxious
Friday, August 3rd, 2007
10:16 am
Anybody home? Where are the gardeners? A clay pot on a window sill qualifies. Tell us about your plants. Please don't take my wife's enthusiasm and my love of garlic stop you from extolling the virtues of having chives thriving in your kitchen window or your one plant of cherry tomatoes that are going nuts in the heat stop you from sharing.
Ian - easy and cheap.
Saturday, July 28th, 2007
4:01 pm
harvest 2007
I got the tobacco cut and hung in the well house today. This tobacco is for random acts of gratitude while collecting the earth's offerings. :D I've had some strong mentors. Then I noticed the horseradish is doing very well this year. It won't yield any root until later in the fall. I think I'll try my hand at doing it up like the locals do with beet pickle this year.Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
9:00 am
2007 - now the harvest
Those of you that know me a bit will know that I can get excited about garlic. I broke the necks on all my garlic earlier this week and pulled it all and stowed it in the barn before the rain last night. I've never had as nice a garlic crop as I have this year. So much of it has big full bulbs. I must say that I managed to have it well tended to when the time was right. The ground had a good dose of nutrition in recent years and the drainage issues did not arise to threaten the spring start. The winter snow cover was all civil. The flower spikes got cut off in good time and hopefully the bulbs were pulled early enough to keep a healthy sheath of paper cover and cure up well enough to look pretty as well as taste sweet.

I don't have any images yet, but I will certainly be sure to post some later, especially if it cleans up to be more photogenic than it's leggings over the last few years. Split skins and ragged dirty covering isn't quite what I'm after. Pride is a sin right? :P

I'm not the main gardener here by any stretch, but I sure do take pleasure in the produce of the efforts there. It's the time of year when the maintenance of the plots takes a back seat to the harvest. The beans have come on strong this week. I've been spending mornings, every second day topping and tailing green and yellow beans. For some reason the yellow beans are having a banner year and the freezer will be filled well for the winter with string beans of both kinds.

The Saskatoon's, blue berries and strawberries are all passed into other forms, including dietary fibre. :D What a feast it was this year. Again I fall short on the picking, but I do so love my strawberry jam. It's not quite to raspberry standards, but I have to admit that the last couple of years of strawberry quality has surpassed that of even my beloved raspberries although not quite enough to supplant the number one jam position in my heart.Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: like, at 5:08?
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
11:29 pm
Spring Garlic Flowers
How good is this? Gardens are magic! Spring garlic is most exotic, no? Now should I batter them like a tempura or, oh the mind is running away on me!A bowl full of intimacy repellent...Collapse )

Current Mood: bzzzz
Friday, June 29th, 2007
7:43 pm
Buying roses
I'm thinking about putting in roses next year, and want to try a Morden variety (ok, because my "Gardening in Manitoba" book says they're the hardiest) but I'm open to suggestions for other types that are also hardy. What stores carry a good selection of roses? Schreimers, maybe?
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
3:05 pm
The spinach is almost as good as last year. I love it! We have had big salads of it for a week now and I just can't get enough.

With a bit of heat it will tighten up a bit and be even better. Last year was the first time I'd seen it so thick. It's so good to have food that has some life in it again. In comparison the food from the major chains seems void of nutrition. I crave greens like these.

The garlic is already beginning to flower. The beans are flowering and it looks like it's going to be a good year for the crab apples. Ah... life!

How are others making out? I'm envious of the rhubarb!

Current Mood: sleep more!
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
10:21 pm
Harvested and ate some kale yesterday. So yummy! It was so young and tender I didn't need to de-rib it to avoid the bitter bits. I'll provide the recipe here that I used, it's so simple!

Braised Kale

kale, washed and de-ribbed if large (I don't have portions, but it pretty much filled my colander)
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup water (approximate)

heat the olive oil in a high-walled skillet or wok over medium-high heat, and add the garlic. Cook approximately 3 minutes, stirring often, until it's a light-golden colour. Add the kale and stir-fry another two minutes, it will take on a bright green colour. Pour the water in, cover with a lid, and let it cook approximately 5 minutes, until fork-tender but not soggy. Stir it a few times.

I'll add a photo tomorrow, it's too dark to take a photo now!

Current Mood: delicous!
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
12:50 am
community gardens
hey everyone!

i'm looking for any information that i can get on obtaining a community garden plot. I live in the west broadway area and would like plant some veggies in the sherbrook garden.

how do i go about this? does anyone else have a plot in a community garden? do i have to be assigned a plot? do i just walk in and claim one? i do live in the community...

any help is appreciated!
Friday, May 11th, 2007
7:27 am
Bad moderator, no updatey
Hi all!

Well, the garden season is full-on now, iddn't it? I hope you're all out there planting, digging, supplementing, and doing good things to your patches of green.

Myself, I've dug up my veggie garden, and planted garlic, carrots, radishes, and kale. Has anyone else here planted kale? This is my first time.

I have a side flower bed I'm strongly considering decimating and converting to an herb garden. Do you think it would do alright if it only had intense sun in the afternoon? It's shaded in the morning by the house.

Anyway, let me know what you're doing in your garden!

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
11:12 am
Herb Gardens
I just wanted to share that Im super pumped for Sage Garden Herbs Spring sale/festival thing this coming weekend! (not affiliated, just love the place)

I grabbed a few herbs (including delicious chocolate mint) from them at scattered seeds this past weekend and now am in full garden planning mode!

Also, I have always heard the rule not to plant anything until the weekend after May long, is there any exceptions to this?
I'm so eager to start mucking around in my garden!
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
7:06 pm
Growing things!!!
I planted tomato seeds a week ago, and two have sprouted. There are also pumpkins and arugula started in my gazebo, but I haven't checked on them yet today because of the April Fool's weather. Har har, I get it. Now quit with the snow already!

There is a BBC show, called "Grow Your Own Veg" and it's got me really excited for spring. I'm trying out a growing concept it taught me, called "the three sisters", consisting of corn, beans that will grow up the corn, and squash (pumpkin in my case) to shield the roots of the other two. I also have carrots, same as last year, but also parsnips! I drool just thinking about parsnips. I think that's it for veggies, but there are also a number of flowers waiting to go in the ground and baskets. Damn the wave petunias! They're so necessary, but so very, very expensive.

The sooner it dries up a bit, the sooner I can actually build a bed for the veggies, because the one I had last year is only big enough for herbs. I have a bunch of 20' cedar ties rescued from a friend's yard to stake out a couple of beds, but I'm not quite sure where to put them. The ideal place from an aesthetic perspective is in my front yard, but it's full of really shallow tree roots. There is also a great spot near my kitchen door, but it's full shade. Most of my yard is heavily landscaped. So, back to the drawing board.
Sunday, March 25th, 2007
4:23 pm
Update on my oak trees!
Just thought I'd update on how my oak tress are doing!
There are new ones sprouting every day and these are just a few pictures of what has grown so far!

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
4:52 pm
Who's starting what?
Friday, February 2nd, 2007
9:04 am
I'm the tree master
ok, so at work we have a bitch load of acorns and we started to notice that they were sprouting, so my boss and i decided to try planting a few and growing ourselves some oak trees! (picture behind cut) i've now gone crazy and i every container that should go in recycling is becoming a new pot for these tiny trees. I'll take a better updated picture soon, because this three now has 4 very large leaves. I'm pretty excited about it, just thought i'd share!
Does anyone else have any indoor gardening going on yet?

Current Mood: blank
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
1:56 pm
2.77 kilos of garlic. That's all that's left after the canning and consuming. I never have enough to see us through the winter. I have two double rows into the garden for next year, but wanted to actually have some to eat. Once I harvested 18 pounds and then gave a lot away for seed, but that wasn't very productive in the long run.

Maybe next year I'll buy 10kg just to plant. heh
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Current Mood: It's only temporary
Monday, October 30th, 2006
1:52 pm
fall round up
I feel like a bag of dirt today, but the gardens are tilled and the garlic is in. I only planted one 12 meter double row though as that's all the seed I had left. I grow it to use, but if I don't designate the best of the crop for seed it gets made into sauce. ehhRead more...Collapse )

Current Mood: big time
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