Garden Progress

My first blog post featured a bit of cleaning up I did in the yard in April. I know it’s been a long time since I wrote about our garden, but part of the reason is the bizarre weather in Lethbridge. Here’s an idea of what a fair amount of May looked like. 

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In early June I prepared the garden by manually turning over the soil with a shovel, dumping on manure and black earth and turning it in again. We also used old pallet wood and salvaged stucco wire to create a fence around the garden. Here’s what it looked like pre-planting. 

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Now it’s July 14 and there’s been much progress since. We purchased two planters for our tomatoes and peppers. This was more practical than planting in the garden since the soil was good within about 6 inches but tomatoes and peppers have very deep roots. 

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Orange bell peppers

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Roma tomatoes and Jalapeños

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Yellow tumbling tom tomatoes

Here’s what the garden looks like now! 

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Rainbow swiss charge on the left, beets on the right

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More young beets and parsley

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Basil

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Beets and Marigold

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Calendula flowers, almost ready to bloom!

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Roses, these were already in the garden.

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Monstrous Spearmint bush

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At the back left of the plot. Calendula, basil, struggling tomato plantsDSCN0666
Marigolds in a blue bucket. Forgot to water over the weekend so they look a little sad. 

We made quite a bit of progress on the backyard in general. Here is our clothes line in action.

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We also got a rain barrel. We use the hose for the garden – the barrel doesn’t create enough pressure for the hose, so we fill a pail to water the tomato planters. 

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Here is our girl, Sophie! She’s our backyard guardian. She’s now six months old, part Maremma, part Great Pyrenees. 

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