Replanting Our Strawberry Bed This Year

round strawberryBack In 2008 when Jenny and I bought our home in Moncton I finally had the opportunity to start gardening with more than just potted plants. So I went out and bought my first strawberry plant. It was so tiny it was in a 4 inch pot.

That single strawberry plant filled half a 4×8 raised bed in the first year. I planted tomatoes in the other half. The second year the strawberries filled the bed and we had lots of gorgeous and tasty strawberries.

Fast Forward to Spring 2013

The old raised bed frame was rotting more each year and by 2013 it was time to replace it with a new frame. While I was building the new frame I decided to make it wider than the original raised bed so we could have even more strawberries.

strawberry patchLast fall I noticed there was a lot of grass growing up inside the bed so I dug up the entire bed and put all the dirt, grass and strawberry plants on a tarp and then cleaned up the bed. Even added some fresh compost in the bottom.

Jenny separated the strawberry plants and grass from the soil and I refilled the raised bed with the cleaned soil. Jenny then placed all the strawberry plants back on the bed and I planted them again.

Probably won’t get many strawberries this year although some of the plants are flowering but we have great hopes for next year’s harvest of strawberries.

Picked The Last Yellow Pear Tomatoes Today

yellow pear tomato basketJenny and I really enjoyed the Yellow Pear tomato chutney I made last fall with our own yellow pear tomatoes. The plan was to do the same and more this year however plans don’t always work out the way we planned.

I was a bit depressed about the whole start to the growing season but the work I did in the garden by adding raised beds will pay off next year. We are even adding a couple more before winter sets in so the entire garden will be higher and less likely to flood out.

The Last of the Yellow Pear Tomatoes

We have had a couple of nights that dropped to only 2C so I decided to bring them in and call it a season. I do have enough to make a couple of bottles of chutney. Jenny and I only use the Chutney with Sunday brunch so those two bottles will last most of the winter.

Looking forward to the next growing season already.

Enjoying Our Yellow Pear Tomatoes

yellow pear tomatoesDefinitely been a strange spring and summer for us so we weren’t even we would see a harvest due to really late planting this year.

I was pleasantly surprised to see yellow pear tomatoes ripening a few days ago. I was taking photos this morning and brought a few in for a taste test.

Last year I made the best Yellow Pear tomato chutney that lasted most of the winter. It was the first time I made it. Glad it was so easy to make and so good.

I would love to make a few more bottles this fall. Just have to wait for more to ripen for the first batch. Can’t wait.

Transplanting Mid Summer – DOH!!

raised bed gardenI am in my 60s and still have a great memory but I have to say that spring and summer 2014 has to be the strangest I can remember. Our vegetable garden was just a big rectangular mud hole.

The spring rain started, of course, but then it just wouldn’t stop. Before the garden could drain and dry there was more rain. You can read about our spring conditions here.

Ooops Veggies Way Too Close Together

The first raised bed of tomatoes is doing fine but the second raised bed was looking way too crammed for space. The crappy looking peppers and tomatoes I bought grew like weeds once they were in the raised beds and before long I realized they were way over crowded and the tomatoes had completely covered up the peppers.

I decided to try and transplant the peppers as I was sure they wouldn’t survive being covered up in the tomatoes.

Transplanting Our Green Peppers

green peppers in raised bedI built a third raised bed and put this one right on the lawn between two flower beds I started last year.

Because I put it directly on the lawn I put black landscape cloth under the bed to keep the grass from growing through the bed and then filled it with organic mulch and garden soil we bought earlier in the spring.

Jenny and I started by adding an inch of organic compost in the bottom and then mixed in an inch or two of garden soil. Then we almost filled the bed with garden soil we had purchased in the spring.

I dug up the pepper plants and Jenny moved them the new bed where I quickly got them back in the ground. Even going as fast as we did it only took about 10 minutes for the pepper plants to start looking dead. I gave them water twice a day and just two days they were already looking better than they did when I transplanted them.

Transplanted A Row of Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Once we had transplanted the green pepper plants from their original bed I could see just how close together I had planted the Yellow Pear tomatoes. So while I was in the transplanted mood I decided to move one row of tomatoes to the spot the peppers had been in.

I planted size of the tomato plants and still had two left so I put those two into separate flower pots big enough for them. A very risky move I know but I was certain they would produce very little if I left them crammed together so tightly.

They looks so sad by the time I was done and for the following three days. Didn’t think they were going to make it but still felt it was the best choice if we want some Yellow Pear chutney this winter.

This morning which is 5 days later they are starting to look better and very few withered leaves so I’m thinking they are going to produce some tomatoes after all.

Finally Getting More Yard Work Done

tomatoes in raised bedIt was a strange spring for us and a lot of other people around the world. So much rain this spring that we couldn’t get into the vegetable garden. But I did manage to get two of the three raised beds built and placed in the garden.

Planted tomatoes and green peppers in the two 4’ x 8’ x 10” raised beds. I also added a lot of mulch around each raised bed so we can walk in the garden with making a muddy mess of.

Next we had a stretch of 30+ Celsius temperatures that put me on the sidelines for a few more weeks. I was only able to work early in the mornings because by 8 or 9 am it was already hotter than I could stand. So glad we did manage to get some veggies growing before the heat knocked the crap out of me.

Bought And Planted A Hydrangea

hydrangeaWe finally bout that hydrangea we wanted and I planted in the south part of the yard where people will be able to see it from the sidewalk and we will be able to see it from our kitchen window.

I have a couple of old tires I had planted flowers in last year but this year I used them to create the exact size of circle I wanted for the planting holes.

A week or two ago we were at Canadian Tire where I saw a small hydrangea I wanted in our yard. The tire helped me make a perfectly round hole and after I planted the hydrangea I added a thick layer of dark mulch to help keep moister in the ground as well as to keep weeds from growing.

Our Hugelkultur is Coming To Life

For a while this spring I wasn’t sure if I was going to see any flowers growing on the hugelkultur bed I created last year. Fortunately it has started producing beautiful poppies again as well as a few other flowers.

poppy flower