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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Garden Harvesting

Today is THE day!! We are going to harvest the winter garden. I can't wait to see how stuff turned out...

We also have a helper this time, Rose, from across the water. She apparently likes pink... (well, she is only 6!)

Ahhhh!!! Carrots!! Those are a pretty good size too.

Now they just need to get washed...

I think I'll let somebody else do that.

We also have some radishes - they look pretty good too, although some where little-bear sized (about the size of a pea). Guess they needed to be thinned more.

That's a pretty good haul but I have to say... somebody ate them all!!

So we have shallots (with not much of a bulb) and a bunch of little carrots.

Now it is time to turn over the garden in preparation for more seeds...

Heh-heh - I think I'll do an inspection of the rest of the garden. These are the tulip bulbs that got munched by the deer. I put some sticks around them to protect them... so far it is working.

And some more - those are the snowdrop leaves in the foreground - the deer apparently don't like snowdrops... good to know!

 Now it's time to plant some more seeds...

Some spinach, spinach, mesculan (lettuce mix) and more spinach.

Along with some sweet peas... we heard deer like sweet peas so they are being planted inside the deer-proof raised beds as well.

And finally... the best sign of all... Sandy's Garden!!!

 Whew... that was hard work... time for some carrots and hummus!

20 comments:

  1. All you hard work paid off! I wish I had a garden but my mom still needs to save her pennies to buy some land. Then we will definitely have a garden. The carrots look beary yummy!

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    1. Maybe you and your mom can get some containers and start your garden that way?

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    2. Or there might be community garden plots somewhere and you could adopt a plot and plant flowers to attract bees.

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    3. Those are all beary good ideas. I will see if maybe we can grow something indoors in a pot to start with. Perhaps the honeyberry...

      http://www.gurneys.com/product/honeyberry?p=0544698&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&gclid=CNCPq8j_0b0CFeMF7Aod40YAcQ

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  2. It's also nice that you had a human helper so your paws didn't have to get dirty.

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  3. Ben says your garden looks just wonderful! He also says that he is not going to show your photos to Jerry just yet, because there is one little bear in the house that is still grumbling. Happily, we think the snow is done for the year, and we're going to the garden center to poke around today, so that should cheer everyone up.

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    1. Thanks guys! I hope Jerry feels much better after visiting the garden centre.

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    2. He does indeed. He wonders if he could "borrow" that very helpful girl in the pink to help garden; she did a great job!

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    3. Oh good... maybe you even bought some things to plant?? The little girl in pink is beary helpful, although the price was watching the movie Frozen twice a day!

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    4. Hm, maybe you could get her interested in the Paddington Bear movies??

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    5. That is a brilliant idea! I bit of re-direction... do the Paddington movies have any princesses in them??

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    6. Hm, no princesses in them, but there is a nice little girl who helps to take care of Paddintong.

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  4. Good call on letting someone else wash those carrots, that looks like a messy job. The haul looks good - I am glad that the rabbits haven't found the carrots. Watch out for those pesky deer, I hear they can be brutal on gardens. In my neighborhood we don't have deer - just other little animals like Racoons and some scary looking Possum thingy that scampers in and out of our backyard on occasion.

    Under strict supervision by me, the humans finally built the second raised bed today. It's ready to go, I am politely waiting for them to take me to the store to look at the seeds.

    I want to plant California Poppy's in the garden, but my roommates are afraid they will take over the whole yard.....

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    1. Oh yes, the carrot washing was a beary dirty, cold job. I supervised though... The two beds were roped off with wire fencing to keep deer (and rabbits!) away. I think there are racoons here too but haven't seen any nearby. Let's not mention the r-a-t-s... of which there are apparently some as well.

      Do we get to see pictures of the second raised bed??

      We saw some poppys growing wild - they are orange and yellow and so we adopted some. I hope they aren't the take-over-the-world variety... Mind you, as long as the deer don't like them, that is all good. I think we should plant foxgloves, because the deer probably won't eat them...

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    2. Ooh, take some photos Little Fox! We'd love to see your garden.

      We have big orange poppies in the garden, and they are SO colorful!

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  5. Oh! You've got so many things that are ready! We have cleaned the square meter garden yesterday and removed all the old parts of plants. The only plants that stayed are one strawberry 'mother' plant and three of her 'children' so this year we have four strawberry plants. The seeds that we got from Harr's dad will be planted soon. We'll make a post about that.

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    1. Oh excellent!! Strawberries would be nice here too but no luck so far. Maybe raspberries... What seeds are you going to plant?

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