Garden Expansion

March 20, 2017

Happy First Day of Spring!

Expanded garden

While it may not look like spring here yet, you can definitely feel it in the air. Yesterday was a balmy +6C and the snow banks were melting. Today is cooler and we have cooler weather in the forecast, but I think its safe to say we have seen the last of the -30C temps.

The project sounded simple enough in my head. Just take down a few trees. However, I got a huge surprise when I came outside and found Ken 3/4 through the cutting. We have never clear cut a site before and the sight of it turned my stomach. A mass destruction of about 50 trees! So glad we did not have to clear the site for the house or current garden.

Destruction of over 50 trees to make way for expanded garden

The trees are mostly down now, just a few more to cut. Still have the work of clearing out the branches, cutting and splitting the bigger stuff for firewood, removing the roots and brush and tilling the soil into a usable garden. Ken said he will have it ready for planting this spring. What a dreamer. I expect it will two years from now before it is planted.





And speaking of spring and gardens, I have all my transplants planted and sitting in the sunroom. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant and herbs. And I have hauled all my geraniums out of the root cellar and they are starting to regrow. We have ordered a LED Grow Light and are expecting it any day. The coating prevents the house from overheating in the summer but it does have its down side – plants don’t grow very well. I am hoping the grow light helps prevent them from getting too spindly. Eventually, we plan to build a greenhouse but for now, other priorities exist.

Day 1 of forcing tulips in water

Nothing says spring like tulips. I planted 50 or so bulbs two years ago in the turnaround. They bloomed last spring and I can’t wait to see them appear this year. However, since they are still under at least a foot of snow, that will not be anytime soon. Sister Sheila picked me up a bag a tulip bulbs on her trip to Amsterdam last November and I cold treated them in the root cellar. I am trying to force them in water using the message found on this link.

Day 10 of forcing tulips in water

So far they are growing well.


About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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2 Responses to Garden Expansion

  1. Good luck on the garden expansion… funny thing is the last week I’ve taken out about 10 trees to accommodate a greenhouse/shop and the garden. Only have a few peas germinating. The LED grow light sounds awesome.

  2. Just read your new post with the wonderful spring pictures of robins and crocuses. We are still under a few feet of snow so spring will be a while, so it was wonderful to see your pics. A greenhouse is in our future plans as well. Looking forward to seeing yours. The grow light has arrived and is supplementing the sunlight. Will update once I know how it works, but it uses very little power.

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