Garden: End of Season

After teaching a knitting class, I rushed out (in the dark) to harvest the remainder of my plants from my Community Garden plot before our first heavy frost set in. I managed to get the oregano, lavender, and rosemary with their roots and I’ve replanted them into a small planter in the kitchen. I hope they survive!

The Basil Thief

I spent some time over the weekend weeding my garden plot (and the paths around it). I still have a few things that need harvesting. Unfortunately one of the things that I regularly stop in for has disappeared. Earlier this week, I popped by to get 5 leaves from each of my two basil plants (one green and one purple) and they had been dug up. Perfect holes with spade marks were left in their place. So frustrating – why would someone do that?

Anyway – the garden is looking better once again now that it’s been weeded…

Later this week, I got in to work to find this lovely container with basil and parsley at my desk, thanks to my co-worker Jane. What a thoughtful surprise! You totally rock, Jane! I’ve decided to keep it at the office so I can enjoy it’s smell. When I want a little bit of basil, I just take a few leaves home with me at the end of the work day.

Garden Plot 2011

This year I added some edging and mulch around my plot. The season was off to a late start due to our unsusally cold Spring.


It was a busy October. After the Marco Polo musical, I had to travel for work for a week. That was a successful trip (whew!) and I did get to visit some of my extended family on my dad’s side, whom I hadn’t seen in years – what a nice treat to see everyone doing so well! I got back and all I wanted to do was sleep. My first weekend home was a chance to clear out my garden plot, get groceries, and actually clean my apartment. Things I hadn’t had time for in weeks. Also, I’d twinged my lower back while set-painting, so it was the first time in a few weeks that I was actually able to do these things, let alone having the time to. It felt nice to be home, and it was great to spend time with my cats again.

The Garden Plot: with ladybugs

I stopped in to spray my vegetables with a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol, and shavings of sunlight soap. I’m hoping this will help keep the beetles away from my radish leaves, they seem to love them so.

It’s nice to see that things are starting to come up. And it was a lovely surprise to see this little guy moseying along in my plot. Ladybugs are great for gardens!

Happy New Years!

It’s a pleasantly quiet start to 2010. I don’t know where the last decade went though. It seems like it just flew by.

I stage managed Crimes of the Heart, and went directly from that to acting in One Flew Over the Cockoo’s Nest, had a foggy summer that somehow flew by, and then Stage Managed Jekyll & Hyde. I need a bit of a break from theatre now. I think I got a little burnt out after the last show. Its not easy doing the full-time day job and stage managing.

In 2009 I also gave World of Warcraft a try, and through it I was able to reconnect with a couple of friends who have moved away who play. I also made my wayy through a handfull of games for the xbox360, most recently DragonAge and Assassin’s Creed 2.

I have been doing a lot of knitting. No doubt that will continue in the new year. There are a lot of projects that I want to get done.

Oh yeah – my community garden plot! That was a fun new project last summer. I’ve renewed the lease to my plot and am already thinking about what I’ll plant in it next year. The radishes, snap peas, beets, lettuce and catnip were very successful so no doubt they’ll be back. I’m not sure if I’ll try tomatoes again, although I might give spaghetti squash another go. I love the smell of the freshly-tilled earth. Only 4 more months of cold weather to get through first.

I didn’t get as much hiking done as I would have liked to this year. It’s tough when you can only really do big hikes on the weekends, and I think we had rain almost every weekend last summer. At least I managed to get out for regular runs at the Irving Nature Park. What better way to get a little exercise than going for a jog along a trail on a cliff next to the ocean (with a high chance of seeing deer/fox/porcuipines)?

Anyway, here’s to hoping 2010 will be a fantastic year for everyone!

Weekend of Pickling & Canning

Friday night rehearsal, Saturday errands/groceries and then the cooking began. I wound up picking up 500 ml canning jars. Next time I do this, I’ll do smaller jars. Ah well, it was my first try at all this.

I made 3 jars of pickled beets using this recipe from the Food Network. Didn’t exactly soak the tarragon in the wine for more than a couple of hours (they recommend 3 days) but whatever.

I made 1 jar of ginger-rhubarb-date chutney using a recipe that Andrea Cunningham passed on to me, and a big thanks to Jay & Lisa for the 3 cups of rhubarb from their back yard.

I made 4 jars of ginger-apple-date chutney using this recipe from BBC Food. Lots of peeling & chopping for that one.

Jay & Lisa stopped over and hung out for a bit on Saturday evening and kept me company while I chopped and stirred the chutneys and sterilized jars. I also introduced Lisa to Top Secret, since she hadn’t seen it before.

Sunday started early as Mare and I headed out to her parents house, where Mare and her mom helped me make pickled beets. After that, and after lunch, Mare and I ran a few errands and then I popped home to work on making the chow chow that I’d started on Saturday. I barely got things started when it was time to head out to Mare’s for a tasty venison dinner with the Millers. Gave Jay his b-day gift so he could enjoy it during his birthday week. We watched the first episode of Band of Brothers and then I headed off to the SJTC for a rehearsal for Jekyll & Hyde. When I got home from this, I finished making and canning the chow chow. I think it’s a bit too liquid-y but frankly, I never eat the stuff so I don’t really know what it’s supposed to be like, and the recipe I got didn’t have measurements. (My bad for not looking another recipe up online.)

Before you ask and if you’ve bothered to read this – yes all of the jars are spoken for.

Oh yes, I also finished another one of the 5 handmade gifts that I’d promised to make for a friend within the calendar year. Four down, one to go.

Garden Update

So I’ve finally been able to get back out to my garden now that I’ve discovered a couple of free hours where it’s not pouring, and I have been slowly but surely doing the weeding. The radishes are up. I’ve harvested about 75% of them and will get the remainder later this week. Even though I had beetles eating the leaves, they still did quite well. The inset photo shows their state last Thursday and they were a lot larger when I harvested them yesterday. As you can see, I still have a lot of weeding to do…

The garden plot Summer 2009. Half-weeded.

The garden plot Summer 2009. Half-weeded.


Apologies for slack updating

I’ve been a slacker when it comes to updates and I will try my best to ammend that. My apologies.

The Garden
Well most things are coming up. The chives aren’t. I’m going to take up Mare’s Mowm’s offer of transplanting some chives from her garden. No lavender yet – am tempted to buy one that’s already started. No parsley yet either. Also, one of my zucchini and one spaghetti squash plant is up. Not sure what happened to the other ones.

The radishes had holes and little black beetles all over the leaves. I mixed up 2 cups of water and 2 tbsp rubbing alcohol and about 1 tbsp equivaltent of shaved sunlight bar soap (pure soap) and sprayed my plants. I have yet to check on how they are doing.

Man, there’s a LOT of teeny weeds coming up…

The Knitting
I can’t tell you what I’m working on. It’s a gift for someone who occasionally reads this. And it’s turning out well, but there’s still a heck of a lot of work left to do on it. And I’ve gotten distracted with World of Warcraft. But then I did need a wee break as I was getting tired of it (the downside to big projects). Speaking of which, I really need to finish those paintings I started for Jay and Lisa as thier Christmas gifts….

Featured Gardening

Neat – I got a call last week from April Robinson, a reporter with the Telegraph Journal, to ask me some questions about my community garden plot, and the article is in today’s paper. It’s nice to have a momento of my latest hobby!

A growing movement