Tuesday, 2 July 2013

More cherries!

We returned from a long weekend away to find that the cherries were all juicy, ripe and ready to eat:

 Sage doing nicely:


Today's haul (peas, wild arugula, blackcurrants, raspberries and tomatoes):

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Ripe cherries!

Last year's yield was ONE cherry to share.   This year is going much better:

The apples which weren't scrumped by little grabby-hands are getting to a good size now:

Pears looking like pears:

Tomatoes ripening:

The peas are very tasty:

There must have been some potatoes left in the compost, because that's where this plant has chosen to grow.   I've just left it.   It likes where it is, so good luck to it!

Lettuce ready to eat:

Many of the cherries split for some reason.   Whatever.   They're still tasty, and got some raspberries and strawberries too.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Leeks, sprouting jars and well-advanced fruit

I'm trying some "sprouting".    These photos were a few days ago.   I will follow-up with some photos of the results.

I harvested my over-wintered leeks this week:

Bed #1 doing very nicely.    Time to get munching on the kale.



Apples coming along well:

We will get significantly more than ONE cherry this year, unlike last year:

Strawberries starting to swell and turn red:


Lettuce is ready for the first harvest:

Leeks washed and cut (and since then eaten):

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Garden coming along very nicely!

My apple trees are in full bloom now.
Not too many insects around, so I'm having to give them a helping hand.

All the blossom has gone from the cherry tree, and I think I see a little swelling.   Last year we had a to share a single cherry between my wife and I.    It was tasty, but I am hoping for a slightly higher yield this growing season.

Plenty of flowers appearing on the strawberries in the Wally.

A bit hard to see here, perhaps, but there is a little swelling on the pear tree too.   There was ZERO pears last year, so the only way is up.

Some lovely red blossom on one of the apple trees.

Blackcurrant bush doing well ...

Rhubarb doing OK, if a little "nibbled" ...

Sage is in a great state.   It over-wintered and is now becoming rampant ...

All the new seedlings are doing well, with the exception of the beans, which have been all-but-killed by a few rainy days we had recently.   It's the same story in my other plots, which I haven't seen for a couple of weeks now, due to other commitments.

Spinach doing nicely ...

Lettuce might be nibble-worthy inside a month ...

It amuses me to have "weeds" which are actually strawberries.   I can live with that.

Swiss Chard ...

Some fancy kale ..

Leeks are getting mature now, after over-wintering ...

The white currant bush is ready advanced.   It might well give me my first fruit of the season.

Raspberries coming on ...

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Wally Three installed! Blossom.

Science World here in Vancouver has various outdoor displays - backyard chickens, raised beds and vertical gardening.    We've also had the first commercial urban farming system in North America, in a disused parkade.    It was time for me to do some vertical gardening.

Google told me that Wooly Pockets were the market leader, so I ordered myself a Wally Three.

I just installed it, and stuck most of my strawberry plants in it.   Here's what it looks like.    We'll see how it goes.    I suspect that I'll be buying some more!

The cherry tree is blossoming nicely...

... as is the pear tree...

... and the blackcurrant is doing very well ...

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Time to put some plants outdoors!

I made an executive decision this week.    I declare that we've seen the last frost in Vancouver already, and that it is time to get planting.   So I did!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Side project - the rotten, mossy deck!

A side-project for this summer, which I really should have done last summer, is to completely replace our rotten, mossy deck, which really can't last any longer in its current state.   Here are the "before" pictures.   If I don't have something significantly better to show by 1st August then I hereby give permission to anybody reading this to tell me off!