Saturday, May 17, 2014

In the Garden

The seedlings have been growing like crazy, some were re-potted into larger containers to tide them over until they can be moved to the garden.

Some seeds were sown into the raised beds - two types of peas, carrots, radishes, beets, and zucchini.

Some plants were moved into the beds. It's still a tad early, especially since this week has been quite chilly, but I had surgery yesterday and wanted to get a couple things in knowing I could be out of commission for a few weeks.

We've had our fair share of visitors - many different birds (I even spotted a humming bird), squirrels of all shapes and sizes, fat and fuzzy bumble bees, some neighbourhood cats, and a couple ducks took a rest by my neighbour's pool for a couple of days.

A mother's day gift of three hanging strawberry baskets were added to the backyard. Two strawberries have been harvested so far, the first of which going to my baby bird..
He loved it! I cannot wait to harvest more berries for this little guy over the summer months.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I Am Pretty Bad at Keeping Up

I really meant to post a photo each week for the 52 weeks project. I have been taking them, but they don't seem to be making their way over here. Here are my photos for the past few weeks..

16/52 - a baby selfie. They do learn this technology thing quite quickly.

17/52 - Easter Sunday fell on a Leslieville Flea day (unsurprisingly, not a great market day), and the baby Bird is so young that we really didn't do much aside from take a picture with a bunny on his head. My uncle had us over after the Flea for a delicious meal.

18/52 - enjoying music group with friends.

19/52 - Enjoying a toy I played with as a baby. I am spreading the vintage Fisher-Price love early!

20/52 - I love those little knuckle dimples!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

In the Garden

I've been trying to get as much work done in the garden as possible before my surgery (Gallbladder issues), because I know I won't be 100% for at least a few weeks. Unfortunately that comes right around planting time in Ontario. I've built two raised beds long one of our fence lines to make more room to grow veggies, and get rid of some of the most annoying to mow un-even lawn parts of our backyard.

The raised beds are 4' by 6', and 12 inches deep. I built them during whatever baby breaks I could get over a three week period, and then did the final work this past weekend (with some help from family members with transporting drainage rocks, soil, and fertilizer). I cannot wait to get some veggies into them!

The seedlings are doing well. I had to transfer several to pots because the roots were growing out of the peat pellets and sticking together. I'm not sure they'll all make it (a few have died already), but hopefully I will have enough to avoid having to buy any plants from the garden centre. I am learning so much about seed starting this year! I had done it once before, but not seriously. I'd like to get the peas into the garden over the next couple of days.

In the mean time, there are some pretties growing (hyacinths, crocuses, daffodils, tulips, and very soon my Lily of the Valley will be out), and just a few edibles like rhubarb and chives.

I cannot wait for it to warm up enough to get much more growing outside!