putting the garden to rest

20 10 2009

It’s the time of year to put our garden beds to rest. And, for me, it’s also time to give HPD a rest – or perhaps that would be better stated as: it’s time to give me a rest from HPD. I’ve really enjoyed this blog – documenting my journey, making new friends, and pushing myself to explore the connection between good food and good politics. While I will continue this exploration on my own, it’s time for me to focus my energy on family, school, and (soon-to-return) work. Who knows, I might come back to the site. But, rest assured, you can always find me eating local food or working in my garden.

Cheers!

gillian

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peas in earth

1 05 2009

The peas are coming! The peas are coming! This is SO exciting because last year they didn’t grow at all. Last year, I planted them too late when the soil was already warm. They were stubborn and refused to come out. But this year, I planted them EARLY – hmm, maybe three weeks ago, but I’ve had trouble keeping track of time since this happened – and whaddya know? This year they GREW!





spring growth

18 04 2009

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Everything is pushing it’s way UP out of the soil and into the world! We’ve got lots of seedlings started at HPD… hot peppers, eggplants, THREE types of tomatoes, tobacco (for my brother, who doesn’t smoke…!?! Don’t ask…), spring onions and leeks. Peas and carrots have been planted outside – and yes, I plan to be a little smarter with my carrots this year.

So hip hip HOORAY for spring!!!





my new life

9 04 2009

Wow. There is a lot about motherhood that nobody told me – a WHOLE LOT. Like breastfeeding. I’d had visions of feeding my lovely Josephine every couple of hours, and in between I would fit in a run or yoga class, maybe plant some seeds, or write a blog post. HA. Yes – HA HAHAHAHAHHHAHAAA!!! Now, you certainly know that I haven’t been writing blog posts (soooo sorry), and I laugh at the idea of having enough time to go to a yoga class. But I can tell you that in the ten free minutes I usually get between when one feed ends and another begins, I have at least managed to plant some seeds. Woo hooooo! And as you experienced gardeners already know, it is JUST as exciting watching them poke their heads through the soil this year as it was last year. I just have a whole lot less time to watch them!

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seed packages

3 02 2009

OH it’s like Christmas in February when your seeds arrive! And mine have, so HAPPY day! Once again, I ordered my seeds with no real plan as to how I’m going to fit them all into the garden. This will probably mean another garden bed added this year… and maybe sticking a dozen or so tomato plants in my mom’s garden when she’s not looking – shhh.

So now it’s on to setting up a seed-starting schedule. And if my little bundle of joy decides to come late, then I should be able to get some eggplants and hot peppers started before the end of the month. If not, it’s anyone’s guess what seed schedule I will keep!





trading post

9 01 2009

Is it time to order seeds yet? IS IT?!? It’s gotta be.

I remember this from last year, feeling like it was forever before it was finally time to order them. Last year I chalked it up to it being my first year as a GARDENER and wanting to get a jump on things. This year? Hmm. All I know is that I am ITCHING to order seeds. I can’t stop surfing seed sites like these…

www.cottagegardener.com

www.damseeds.ca

www.hopeseed.com

www.saltspringseeds.com

www.seeds-organic.com

www.terraedibles.ca

I’m also hoping to do some seed trades this year… I’m not quite sure how that is done but I’ve heard that there are websites… secret websites perhaps… where one can go to do some seed trading. If you know the secret handshake and the meeting place, count me in. I’ll make it worth your while.