The Garden: Expanding Up and Out

A week and a half since my last garden update, but these super-long northern summer days mean that we’ve had more than two weeks worth of sun in between. And it shows! You can practically hear the plants growing. I’ve already harvested three colanders full of salad from my box of lettuce and it’s still going strong. The extremely short nights (it doesn’t really get dark anymore, just this twilightish sort of glow for a few hours between midnight and 3AM) mean that the soil is never really cooling down, so the plants are fast forwarding through their development like …

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What Do You Get When You Plant Safety Pins?

Another week gone by in the garden and several pictures to show for it. Good thing I only have a balcony and two sunny windows for the moment, otherwise I’d probably have to go and start an entirely new blog on the subject. The boy’s father jokingly asked if I had ever considered becoming a farmer, to which I answered quite seriously that I had. I still do, though it’d require more of a financial base than we have at present. It definitely is something I wouldn’t mind considering in the future — not only would I be able to …

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Seedlings on Parade

It’s been a month since I started my garden and things are growing in profusion. Which is good, since I’m having to play catch-up to make sure my food plants bear crops before the cold comes. I probably would have started my seeds indoors as early as March if we’d been here back then, but at least I know that for next year… A close-up of my fuchsia, which is blooming profusely now. I don’t know if the hummingbirds and bees know yet that I’m putting out food for them up here on the third floor, but hopefully they will …

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Pike Cioppino and Lilies of the Valley

Nothing too in-depth today, just wanted to share a couple of photos. Yesterday was a pretty good day. We had the boy’s family over for dinner and I made my favorite cioppino with whatever seafood I could scrounge from the supermarket. Which ended up being a pound of frozen mussels (smaller than the kiwis I’m used to but still tasty), a pound of frozen shrimp (the wee kind, sadly, which shrunk even further in the stew), and a pound of fresh northern pike. It’s a great fish for stews of this kind, with mild white meat, though it is a …

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It’s Alive!

It’s been a little less than two weeks since I last took pictures of the garden, and some small but exciting developments have occurred. The bushy flowers are filling in nicely and blooming like nuts. You can see the Dutch iris poking their shoots up in the space between the two big plants. I should have a nice cutting garden of them by next month 🙂 It’s been very nice and sunny for the past few days, so all the plants have gone to town. The amount of pollen everywhere from the pine trees is truly insane. Luckily, pine pollen …

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The Garden: Starting Over!

Right. So the last time I was seriously able to garden was probably back in 2004. After that, I moved into a series of apartments for school before ending up with the boy in an exceedingly shady corner of OC where we spent large amounts of electricity just to be able to see in the daytime. Obviously, there was no sort of sunny exposure for plants at all. Now, six years later, I can continue with my horticultural ambitions once again. Whee! My new balcony container garden. Currently consisting of just three windowboxes, but with plans for much, much more …

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Beds of rampant impatiens and phlox, a happy-looking stand of large-flowered callas, an ambitiously expanding brugmansia in the front yard, a constant supply of fresh grapefruit in the back yard, several rows of tomatoes already starting to fruit (it’s been unseasonably warm), and rose bushes that can’t really be called bushes because they’re growing to well over 7 feet as they don’t need to be cut down for the winter. The freesias and daffodils are already starting to make their appearances and the goldfish in the water garden tub have been giving each other amorous looks. *That*, folks, is why …

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