Monthly Archives: Aug 2017

School already!

Since when is this allowed to happen?!

I don’t ever recall saying these two were allowed to grow up. ðŸĪ” 

We actually started schooling at the beginning of this week. 

Miss M worked on Origami, something recently fell in love with…

Miss S…well she has been reading and writing as per the usual and drawing/painting.

We always take the 1st month super slow. Especially as we still have firewood to get and harvest and preserving to get done.

Maybe they’ll allow me to share more of this years activities with all of you.



The garden Aug 30th 2017

Here are some of the harvesting I have done in the past couple of weeks. Some things have done amazingly well…others not so much.

Miss M holding a Golden Beet

Golden and Ruby Queen beets

Scarlet Nantes Carrots

Zucchini, Patty Pan and a Midget melon

Green arrow and Laxtons Progress peas

Shelling the peas

Contender Beans



Black Cherry Tomato

None producing squash…butternut

Mushroom Plant flowering.

California Wonder Pepper

No name hot pepper

Looks like paprika….no name…

No name…thinking Jalepeno or Chili

No name hot pepper.

Cherry tomato

My squash did horribly, except for the zillion little Zucchini. The plants keep flowering but no fruit….just one of those years. 

I planted a package of mixed hot peppers. I never actually read what the varities were. Lol! I will have to see if I saved the envelope. ðŸĪ”

Then some photos of my 10x20ft Greenhouse…things are starting to die off. Fall is here. The air doesn’t get very warm in here anymore. 

One last photo for now.  Have 5 melons still on the vine. One in the fridge ready to eat.

Midget Melons


Busy bee

Again I have been slacking on writing. 

Depression has that effect on me. Lack of inspiration and bad self-talk. Then there was last of the summer activities and the kicker…My daughters were on my case about being on my phone too much..ðŸ˜Ē

Then harvest arrived. 

Fall is here….and my emotional self took a beating.

I am kicking myself for not harvesting somethings that I should have…such as fireweed. 

Oh well.

I promise soon I will post more. 



My world in bloom

Sorry for bombarding everyone with so many pictures….




Trailing Lobelia

Wood Betony




My sad stump garden.

I also wanted to say…


Thank you for visiting my blog and my facebook page too. I realized I haven’t thanked anyone for taking the time to read my babbling. 😍


Eat Carrot Green Leaves

This is a very interesting article on using Carrot Tops!! 

August 8th around the garden…

Welcome to my garden…

Tomatoes that were frosted to stubs are flourishing!

Asparagus, squash, tomatoes & winter savory

3 types of potatoes

Painted Mountain Corn, zucchini and volunteer potatoes

Dill, turnips and sad parsley

Otherside side of the Dill…parsnip and beets a

3 types of onions, golden and red beets

Carrots and radishes

Swiss chard, kale, second start carrots

Italian parsley, beans(green and purple), kale

Bolted spinach and Basil

Cauliflower, broccoli, red and green cabbages.

Popcorn and butternut squash

Sorrel has started to flower.


My garden and greenhouse from the road

Fall is coming…harvesting has started.😭


Basil experiment

Basil…probably my favourite culinary herb to grow. It is easy to grow, smells heavenly and amazing flavour.

4 types of basil…2 Sweet, Cinnamon and Dark Opal Basil

The other day I put out a call to my local area that I had fresh Basil ready if anyone wanted some. No one answered the call out so…into the dehydrater it went. 

Basil on dryer trays.

After I dried it, I left the leaves whole until I could decide what to do with it.

I got curious as to how much 16 whole leaves would make crushed. 

16 Basil leaves

16 Basil leaves crushed

16 leaves= 2.5 tsp

I estimate that 20 whole leaves would give me 3tsp or 1 tbsp of ground. 

I asked on facebook how people prefered to buy their herbs….

  1. Dried and ground
  2. Dried and whole leaf

I didn’t really get an answer. The reason I asked was…well…because…

I have been presented with an opportunity to grow and sell herbs to a local lady whole makes salves/tinctures/vinegars and other amazing items. So, I have decided that wigh any extra herbs I will do up packages of both dried and ground or whole leaf or a mix of the two. I will offer them on FB page and locally for cash or barter. It will at least be a start. 

I am excited but also feeling apprehensive. I lack self-confidence…

*note to self* I need to register my business name.