Book: How To Grow More Vegetables*

A longstanding favorite gardening book of mine is How To Grow More Vegetables* (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) by John Jeavons.

An excellent reference book to keep in your library, this book addresses many aspects of veggie gardening: building soil, bed preparation, composting, fertilizing, seed propagation and planning. There’s even little diddies in there on companion planting and the biointensive method of gardening.

The focus of the book is on organic, sustainable practices, all the while growing high  quality veggies in high yields.

I found this a great beginner’s book, with loads of very useful information compiled into one place. Yet, I keep it in my library year after year as a reference for the . . . → Read More: Book: How To Grow More Vegetables*

What's Your Canadian Hardiness Zone?

portulaca_breathSo, I found this really cool Canadian interactive hardiness zone map the other day. It says that here at Honeydew Gardens we are situated in a zone 2b.

It’s a Good News, Bad News sort of situation, considering that when we moved here almost six years ago, I believed we were a full zone colder, 1b. Nice to know.

But it really makes it hard to grow several of the perennials and trees that I would just love to have in the garden. I have to admit, we have several perennials in the garden, and the list gets larger each year. But still, there are so many lovely plants that just . . . → Read More: What’s Your Canadian Hardiness Zone?

Who Else Is Ready For 2014?

purity cosmosIt’s been a busy winter, getting ready for the 2014 season.

I really want everyone to know I am so grateful to you, my family, and friends for the wonderful support I received last year while I was happily in pursuit of my dreams! I wish all the best for each and every of you, your pursuit of happiness, and look forward to another great year together!

So no surprise then when I say there’s boatloads of excitement around here. I have been perusing seed catalogs, writing blog posts, getting organized and planning the year in the greenhouse and garden. It never fails, every year I want to plant so . . . → Read More: Who Else Is Ready For 2014?

How To Get To Honeydew Gardens

map1We are nestled in the Ladder Valley near Big River about 14km from town. To find us, turn East on Ladder Valley Road, about 5 km south of Big River on Highway 55.

 

 

 

 

map2When the Ladder Valley Road intersects with the “Revo Road”/922 continue straight on Ladder Valley Road and follow until you approach a speed curve. This is about 5.5 km from the highway. Instead of following the speed curve, go straight until you reach the T-intersection and turn left/North.

 

 

 

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At the next intersection, turn right/East.

 

 

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We Are Here! It's the 2013 Season!

tarragon_in_mayWell the 2013 season is upon us! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and all is good over here at Honeydew Gardens.

We are also pleased to announce that we have an interesting selection of bedding plants including annuals, perennials, veggie & herb starts and grasses.We will be opening the greenhouse this Thursday, May 23!

Greenhouse hours for the season are Thursday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. We will be closing the greenhouses in mid June, but will be open 2 days a week for veggie pick up throughout the summer.

In season vegetables and herbs are available throughout the summer. As always, we don’t use chemical . . . → Read More: We Are Here! It’s the 2013 Season!

Today's Harvest - Aug 9, 2011

This week the garden is really popping!

Everything has been growing a bit slower than it should, we’ve had regular rain, but at least we are getting sunshine and heat in between! :)

This morning we harvested sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, new potatoes, peas, broccoli, zucchinis and alpine strawberries.

The corn is coming along beautifully. Tomatillos and cucumbers are close to done, Romain lettuce is yummy! Soon, we will be able to pick sunberries to make some preserves.

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Celebrating Canada Day With Pretty Things

Things are really popping in the garden and greenhouse. In fact, each day now brings new joys with blossoms, the beginnings of fruits and sunny days. We are getting good amounts of rain, yet not too much like 2009 and 2010, where there was a lack of sunshine and heat that really slowed things down. Or, never gave things a chance to get going if you want to look at it that way. That’s just not what we need when we officially average 92 frost free days!

Not since 2008 have I seen an abundance of bumble bees like this year. I’m not talking about our honey bees, but the . . . → Read More: Celebrating Canada Day With Pretty Things

2011 Garden Plan - Peppers

Well, it’s been quite a while since I wrote…the garden is taking up a lot of time & energy, and I have the tan to prove it! Tonight, as I was meandering around the garden after a flash thunderstorm, enjoying the evening sun, I realized that things are changing lots every day, which means it’s time for regular updates…

The peppers are all planted into the greenhouse and garden and are really going! Some varieties are growing faster than others, and there are peppers growing on most of the plants, and the rest are in flower! YAY!

It goes without saying that with a greenhouse, I should have planted them . . . → Read More: 2011 Garden Plan – Peppers

2011 Garden Plan - Tomatoes

On the never ending quest to find the “perfect tomato” I find myself more and more in love with this fruit. Not only are they ubiquitous in our diet, easily adding the perfect dimension to sauces, salsas, soups, salads and on and on, but they are also as varied as you could imagine.

2011 will see a rainbow of tomato colors here at the gardens – white, yellow, orange, pink, red, green, blue, black, and bicolored. Wow.

Even more! Every shape and size imaginable. Cherry, pear, strawberry, oxheart, round, flat, ruffled, pleated, fuzzy. Yes, fuzzy.

It never ceases to amaze me how one variety can grow fast and tall, . . . → Read More: 2011 Garden Plan – Tomatoes

Seed Bank Tomato Grow Out

So, this year I volunteered to grow out two varieties of tomato seed for the Populuxe Seed Bank: Orange Jubilee and Yellow Lemon. I will be saving pure seed of these varieties to send back to Kelly to add to the seed bank. Oh! What fun… :)

The Orange Jubilee seedlings are coming along fabulously. This indeterminate vine produces large sized yellow-orange tomatoes that mature in about 78 – 85 days, and is a heavy producer.

Right now the seedlings are about 6 – 8″ tall, and growing quite well. The weather has been nice, but the temps are going to dip down a . . . → Read More: Seed Bank Tomato Grow Out