fruit bounty

Just came home from over a week away to Saskatoon and raspberry shrubs loaded down with fruit:

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What a wonderful thing to come home to!

Unfortunately we are in the middle of a kitchen reno so I can’t try any yummy looking recipes that others have recently posted, so at our house we are eating and freezing as many as possible at the moment.  But I am bookmarking this recipe for next year:

Recipe: Saskatoon berry drink mix, two ways.

Another goal for next year will be to clean up the raspberry patch – stake them better and dig out all those thistles…

sizing up the vegetable garden

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Now that I’ve got most of perennials happily settled in their permanent places, I’m turning my attention to the veggie garden.  I’d like to put in two raised beds back here. I had raised beds at my old house and they were the best thing I ever did – you fill them up and have perfect, unwalked on, well-draining soil, plus you don’t have to bend over so far to weed and harvest.   The boxes will be similar to the ones at my old house, except that this time I’ll have a 4’x4′ and a 4’x8′.  We want to get them built this summer and filled so that they’re ready to plant first thing in spring – maybe even a fall seeding of a few things if we get them done in time!

 

And yes, those are dandelions in the grass.  The Edmonton infestation includes my own backyard.  😦

 

 

the Orchard garden planted

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After a busy gardening week-end, I’m too tired to write much but here’s a quick look at the orchard garden (north-west corner, above).  What’s here?  Left to right-ish: a purple bugbane, coral bells ‘Red Sea’, variegated Solomon’s seal, 3 deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’; Evans cherry tree, 5 sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, 3 spirea ‘Dakota Goldcharm’, haskap ‘Aurora Borealis’, green onions, and rhubarb.

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South-west corner, above: Veronica ‘Aztec Gold’, 3 sedum ‘Matrona’, coral bells, 3 deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, dwarf cedar ‘Hetz Midget’, Evans cherry tree, 2 bergenia, 2 Boman’s root, Lady’s Mantle.

To see how this garden has developed, click here and scroll down.

the orchard garden in progress

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Digging up grass is hard work so I am planting as I go.  It really doesn’t make sense to do it this way except that I like to see things in place as soon as possible so I can decide what else I want to plant here. And I’m impatient.  I always seem to buy stuff before I have the space ready to plant it in.  I’m not saying you should do what I do.  I don’t recommend it at all.

But this is my favourite part of gardening – the creating!  Here’s the view from a little further back (below).  My goal is to get the areas around the two cherry trees fully planted by the end of May.

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If you’d like to see progress on this garden over time, click here and scroll down.