Happy New Year! It is 2018 and time to start thinking about gardening goals you will be making for the new year. I have several goals that I want to achieve in order to work towards a more tranquil garden that may inspire you to set similar goals.
It is a good idea to plant a cover crop on vegetable beds that are not in use over the winter. Winter field peas are one such crop that adds nitrogen.
A bit of a surprise this week as we had a few nights of below freezing temperatures. Average first frost date here in Victoria, BC typically is Nov 15 so we are a couple of weeks early. I took some photos of the garden of plants that didn't fare well being frozen plus some that did just fine.
Fall colours are everywhere. Reds, oranges, yellows. Nice time to go for a walk but we had to bundle up - today it was just 10°C as our high.
It is Thanksgiving Day in Canada tomorrow. I believe that in Canada this day is very well timed in comparison to Thanksgiving Day for our American neighbours which is in late November. October is the time of harvest for us, when we are thankful for the abundance of fresh and healthy food that was grown during the summer.
We had to use up some of our less than pristine apples and decided to do some baking as it was a rainy day. The smell of baked apples and cinnamon/nutmeg in the kitchen and rest of house was amazing!
Fall is the time of year to plant garlic. I’ve planted mine in various raised beds as it is supposed to help deter some pests.
This year for the first time I attempted growing sweet potatoes (or sweets for short).
Our peaches have been ripening like crazy during this hot weather (25-30 C). So today was the third time to setup the orchard ladder and pick the ones that were soft enough.