Monthly Archives: June 2014

Flower garden

Last year I planted a few calendula in my dad’s front yard and he really liked them. This year he asked me (several times) to plant more so I decided I would do one better and plant several beautiful flowers in his front garden. I had an abundance of seeds: calendula, cornflower, borage, sunflower… It would be beautiful.

He promised he would weed before I came over but when I called to say I was coming over yesterday morning, he hadn’t gotten to it yet. I thought, fine, I’ll do some weeding, throw down some seeds and be outta there in time for the start of the Muhtadi Drumming Festival at noon. When I went over,  I was shocked to find this jungle!

My dad's front yard - full of weeds!

Can you name all the weeds? I know there’s lambs quarters, possibly vetch, but I’m not sure about the rest.

I was not expecting this many weeds. My dad said whenever he decided to tackle them, he would look out at the wilderness before him and end up putting it off. It was just too much to handle.

Another angle...

Another angle…

I sighed and, with his help, got to work. After a few hours, I managed to get the site looking pretty good and ready for some seeds.

Post weeding and planting.

A few hours post meticulous weeding. Seeds down and ready to go!

I planted the following:

  • sunflower seeds at the back
  • borage to the back right
  • butterfly milkweed and zinnia to the back left (these came through the mail from a local real estate agent)
  • cornflower in the center, with dill and garlic chives on either side (grown for their flowers)
  • nasturtium in the front
  • a border of calendula

I planted way more seeds than I probably should have so we’ll see what happens.  It’ll be a different kind of wilderness.

After all the weeding and spending some time with my dad, I was too tired to make it to the drumming festival on Saturday but I did manage to make it out for a few hours today. It was loads of fun! Have to remember to look out for it next year.

 

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An experiment in containers

I finally planted the garden last weekend in Hamilton. It’s been a really long winter and not much of a spring. My uncle prepared the plots the week beforehand but I had planned to attend Doors Open (loads of fun!) so it got put off until last weekend. I suppose I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was, because my aunt had warned me that my uncle had already planted in spaces that were mine last year. But I had a plan all mapped out, and when I saw how many areas were occupied, I was pretty upset.

Probably the most angering - my $4 perennial rosemary removed for 4 thyme plants

Probably the most angering – my $4 organic, perennial rosemary bush removed for 4 thyme plants

I had tomatoes here last year and planned to put zucchini here this year. I guess it's still possible...

I had tomatoes here last year and planned to put zucchini this year. I guess it’s still possible…

I managed to get it together, realizing that there was more than enough space left and plenty of opportunity, and I became excited again. I could try container planting!

Tomato and basil

I had been wondering where to put the two red pear tomato plants I bought. Both are going into containers.

I bought a spearmint plant in Kensington Market. This will be a hanging mint basket once the peppermint I'm rooting is ready for planting.

I bought this spearmint plant in Kensington Market. This will be a hanging mint basket once the peppermint I’m rooting is ready for planting.

This mint is growing wild in the garden in small amounts. Once the roots start to form,  I'll plant them with the spearmint. I'm hoping for an abundance this year!

This mint is growing wild in the garden in small amounts. Once the roots form and I plant them with the spearmint, I’m hoping for an abundance for tea (and other things) this year.

Herb garden!

Herb (and red dandelion) garden!

Marigold container

I’m growing marigold for the first time. Hope it can still do it’s beneficial companion planting thing from a hanging basket.

Here’s what I did with the remaining ground space:

Peas my uncle planted at the back. To the left I put zucchini, at the front (from left to right) will be nasturtium and a borage plant

My uncle planted peas at the back. To the left I put zucchini, at the front (from left to right) will be nasturtium and a borage plant. I’m concerned the borage won’t have much space (because it gets really big) but I figured I could always trim it to maintain some control.

From left to right: Back: carrots, eggplant, Chinese five colour pepper, onions. Front: Leeks, beets, collard greens, onions

From left to right:
Back: carrots, eggplant (seed), Chinese five colour pepper, onions.
Front: Leeks, beets, collard greens, onions

I got these scotch bonnet peppers at Kensington Market. Thought it might be nice to try these heat-loving buggers in the greenhouse.

I got these scotch bonnet peppers at Kensington Market. Thought it might be nice to try these heat-loving buggers in the greenhouse. I planted a companion to the left (not visible) but I can’t remember what it was.

Regrets/concerns:

  • I should have planted the borage behind the garlic bed (I put spinach there) and put cornflowers next to the nasturtium and peas instead.
  • That the cheap plants I bought at Kensington Market won’t grow

Fingers crossed for much success this year!

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