our garden

harvest time in the backyard

harvest time in the backyard

Ahhhh harvest time!  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been digging up potatoes, pulling up beets and (tiny) carrots, picking tomatoes, beans, squash and zucchini, and finding some odds and ends like garlic we planted last year and a couple hot peppers from a pepper plant that we received in the CSA. If you’re in […]

This is not a test… I repeat, this is not a test

Calgary’s Tuesday Hailstorm in the Garden  Earlier this year as we planted our seeds, we talked about grandiose plans for warding off the hailstorms that seem to frequent Calgary in July and August.  Ping-pong ball sized hail brings complaints around the office about cars getting dented and other such damage, but for us, it means […]

mid-july in the garden

mid-july in the garden

it’s (currently) easy being green The weather has been almost exactly like we could have hoped for – rain, sun, rain, heat wave, rain – the plants are loving it.  While the cool start to the season has delayed a lot of what we’d be expecting to find in our garden at this time, we’re […]

garden update

garden update

From the 1st week of July

worms (also) eat our garbage…

worms (also) eat our garbage…

A lot of the specific information about worms and setting up your worm bin has been gleaned from our own first attempt at vermicomposting and from the “Worm Lady”, Mary Appelhof, and her amazing book “Worms Eat My Garbage”. Mary Appelhof self-published this book in 1982 and continued to publish her own guides to gardening […]

buds, spuds and green tomatoes

buds, spuds and green tomatoes

An update from our garden… Our efforts in the garden have started to show as the first vegetables have sprung from the ground and we’re seeing changes almost daily in the backyard.  The first vegetables to come up were the purple-top turnips, with thick and healthy leaves. The chards and radishes were soon to follow […]

drink up, plants…

drink up, plants…

Wheeeeeeeeee it’s raining!  And we managed to get our rain barrels set up just in time for Calgary’s most recent downpour – 63 mm of water over the last 5 days has given us over twice the amount of rainfall we need to fill both of the two barrels we have set up in the […]

from lawn to garden

from lawn to garden

When we first moved in to our house last year, our backyard boasted little but a weed-filled, patchy lawn in the front and back and a somewhat sad-looking Manitoba Maple tree growing straight into our neighbour’s overhead power lines. We were anxious to start growing some of our own food and started off with two […]

eagle creek seed potatoes

eagle creek seed potatoes

I’ve been told that for every 5 lbs of potatoes you plant, you should get up to 125 lbs of harvest at the end of the summer! With potatoes taking centre stage in a few of our favourite dishes (for example, a version of aloo palak shared by a friend from Bangalore and, of course, […]