106. Garden Tour – First Day of Summer

We have been blessed with both sun and rain in good measure, so the garden is growing great. This is a picture-heavy post – no deep thoughts here, except to say:

Nothing brings more peace and meditation to my day than sitting or crouching in the garden, weeding, for an hour or so. The birds are diverse, and their songs and activities make my serotonin levels surge. Fortunately for me, there is no shortage of weeds to offer me those daily opportunities for quiet contemplation.

There are also garden pests – it seems like a new one pops up in profusion each year.

Pulvinaria acericola (cottony maple leaf scale)

Pulvinaria acericola (cottony maple leaf scale)

Tomato plants chomped on by deer

Tomato plants chomped on by deer

Unidentified greenhouse pest damage

Unidentified greenhouse pest damage

But right now is the best time in the garden. Here’s a shot of my medicinal garden.

and rooftop garden:

I have started to harvest raspberries:

The new beehive:

(The digging in the upper left of the photo above is the beginning of our Hugelkultur bed. We’re filling it with wood/log green waste, and our compost and mulch on top. It will require no watering all summer, adding to our existing xeriscaped yard.)

We have a small orchard beside the studio, with a frost peach, two apple trees, and raspberries. The deer broke into the fence, and did some damage, but I caught it early. This is not a great photo, but it’s hard to get a view:

Tireside garden

Tireside garden

and a bunch of other shots:

herb tower on deck

herb tower on deck

cucumbers in greenhouse

cucumbers in greenhouse

Mason bee condo

Mason bee condo

granny's roses

granny’s roses

I hope you enjoyed the garden tour at This Green House. Seeing it all in one post makes me appreciate our garden anew.

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57. The Hurrieder I Am, the Behinder I Get

wine glass posieIt can probably go without saying that when every day gets eaten up with frenetic activity, I don’t find time to blog.

The last batch of wonderful WWOOFers have gone, leaving real progress in their wake.WWOOFers and painting fabric

And leaving me to play catch-up with garden things, blog things, reading things, relaxing things, art things, writing things, and research things.fisher's shack Sunshine Coast

rcmp musical rideThe rooftop garden has not disappointed. We’re frantically harvesting beans, zucchini, kale, garlic, flowers, lettuce, and medicinal and dye plants.calendula flowers

And there has been a serious case of “Pop-up” vegetable gardens appearing in unplanted spots (mostly from compost that has not been thoroughly cooked!)volunteer food crops

A relaxed walk around the yard reveals that Granny’s rose bush has successfully taken root, to remind us of her whenever we see it. (She graduated to her place in heaven a little over a year ago.)ritas rose

We observe that the mason bee condo has some tenants (the plugged holes).mason bee condo

The berry bushes are lush, lush, lush! We’ve picked 6 batches already – a nice little nest egg in the freezer. And we’ve only begun picking blackberries. berries Delighted to see that gorgeous ferns are taking the place of weeds in the crevices of the boulders and retaining walls.

stone and ferns

Along the sunny wall of the studio, behind a deer fence, I am training the two apple trees and one peach (with only one peach on it this year!) to grow on wires. I’m new at this, but I’m learning quickly. The big trick will be to harvest the fruit one day before the bear does.

apple tree

This year’s new side garden is filling in nicely. Although, what’s up with corn that won’t germinate?? I planted 72 seeds, in two attempts in the tire garden, and have 5 corn plants that look as though they won’t mature before the weather turns too cool.sideyard early august

Relocated the veggie garden’s Johnny Jump-ups to a shady place that matches their colour scheme better, and they’re jumping up even more enthusiastically now.johnny jump-ups

In the yard, Ela and Sami laid most of the remaining flagstones, so I had to go buy some more to finish the courtyard. Ela and flagstone

Haley has been making tiles to commemorate the 31 WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) who have moved our organic gardens and xeriscaped yard so far these last 2 summers. Haley forming tiles

Here’s a sneak preview of the tiles, with my promise to write a proper post when they’re finished.

WWOOFer tiles greenware

Tess bucked up part of the grove of Big Leaf Maples that the neighbourhood collaborated on cutting down. We now have our winter supply of firewood in place.

Tess tidies lot

maple woodpile

full wood bins

Regular readers of This Green House will recall the pond algae fiasco last year. This year, the rich roof runoff from the rooftop veggie garden goes into this rain barrel, instead of the pond, where it is sent off to re-water the side garden with gravity-fed drip irrigation.rain barrel


We have not been idle (although I know someone very close to me who wishes we would be more idle! Soon, my dear, very soon.)this green life Collage

It’s lovely to be able to report on progress here at This Green House.

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