Change of Plans…

After some long thought on the subject, I decided to give up my community garden plot. I was all gung-ho for it. But the effort required to keep it up, along with my own backyard garden, and anything else I take on this summer… It just needed to be dropped. The garden site is on the opposite side of the city, and during high traffic times, it takes me far too long to get over there. If I didn’t have backyard space, It would have been a higher priority. Spending over half an hour in traffic to get to the site, and then again to get back home… Not my idea of a good time.

Especially with zero hail resistance, and nasty perennial weeds on the paths.

Now the question is… Where am I going to grow my massive amounts of carrots?

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Little February Update

I have no real gardening updates. When the weather is allowing, I’ve just been working like crazy making things for our little Etsy shop. We’ve had a few nice Chinook days where it makes it really tempting to pull the seeds out and start sowing. But I have been good and resisted. The cold and arctic weather between the Chinooks, has been a good deterrent as well.

The most I have done garden- related is start attempting to get some sweet potato slips. The tuber itself has made quite a few little sprouts that have grown quite vigorously. So I will have to make a little update on its own.


I have indulged in a few seed packets as well. 2 varieties of carrot (‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Little Finger’), some Dill and some ‘Diva’ Cucumber. The Cucumber is new, and I’m excited to try it. I like to grow the pickling cucumbers, but I don’t have the space to get the volume of cucumbers to make pickling all of my own worth it. Hopefully someday, but for now, I’m going to try something new.

The two carrot varieties will be heading straight to my community garden plot. I want to double (or even triple) the amount of carrots I grew last year. Fresh from the garden carrots are one of my most favourite things. You just can’t beat them. The plot there will also have beets and onions for sure, maybe more.

Now that we are heading into March, I can allow myself to take a peek at my tomatoes and other seeds. I re-purposed my little LED light I got for seed starting into a shop light, so I may have to take it back in the house for a few months to get things going.

Keep an eye out for more garden related content in the coming weeks. The season is starting to kick off and I will actually have something to write about.

Quick little tip before I sign off on this post:

When you get new seeds, write the year you got them on the package. Most seeds are viable for a few years if stored in the correct conditions, so you don’t need to purchase them every single year if you still have some left. By writing the year on them, in a few years you will know that the germination rate of that package may not be the greatest. I grew some seeds I had left from 2013 last year and they grew just as well as the new ones.

Community Garden Plot- Update 5

I haven’t been having a great summer. Family members are having health problems; I’m fighting some health problems; I’ve begun to really hate my job; my very best friend and catcher of all of my tears and listener to all my problems died in my arms; and a thousand other little less significant things that just add up to bad times. It’s been rough.

And obviously, my community garden plot kind of fell out of care. I even got an email asking me to take care of the weeds on the path surrounding my plot. Extra disheartening but fair enough.

So I finally went and cleaned the thing up. And it honestly wasn’t that bad. The pathway was the only place there was really any weeds. None the less, I harvested all my remaining potatoes and carrots. I gave up on the beets and beans ever doing anything more than they were doing. Frosts are looming and I don’t have the energy to keep up with the backyard garden AND this plot on the other side of town.

I dug over all the soil, cleaned up the weeds in the paths and gave the empty ground a good drink so it doesn’t turn to dust and just blow away.

I will be going back once or twice before the garden closes for the winter to keep any weeds in check, but for now it is put to bed, awaiting next spring.

So now any possible updates on the plot will be about plans for the spring.


My crop of carrots was absolutely fantastic, and I think I will put at least 2 rows in next year.

The beets could have been better given more time and no decimating hail. Same with the beans and onions. The ‘Purple Caribe’ potatoes were fantastic as always. They have a tiny bit of scab, but nothing troubling.

So I have more plans for next year, and as always, plans to thwart the hail if at all possible. Do you have any ideas on what I should try and grow here next year? As this year, I want to keep it minimal care. Anything a little sensitive, I keep at home where I stand a chance at keeping it alive through some of the weather that Ma’ Nature throws at us here. Depending on how ambitious I get this winter, I may build some kind of brassica cage to keep the damn butterflies away and then I may stick some cabbage out there. So many Ideas… so many months ahead to ponder them.

Here are the this years updates on this garden: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Also, while I’m linking things… Don’t forget to check out my new Etsy shop Iceberg Empire. There is also a little sneaky page about the whole thing at the top menu bar. I’ll update that as exciting things happen over there.

Community Garden Plot – Update 3

On Canada Day (July 1st if you didn’t know) I had all the gardening ambition finally and after getting the backyard all sorted, I headed to my community garden plot! I also went ahead and got super sunburnt too.

I only had a little weeding to do. That was nice, because I expected to have a ton of weeding with all the sun and rain we have had.

I sowed some ‘Gold Rush’ bush beans, which are going to end up being the only beans I have this year. I totally spaced on sowing them in the yard. So disappointed in myself on that front.

I also sowed some ‘Bulls Blood’ and ‘Chioggia’ Beets, AND some of the onions I sowed from seed back in December!  Here is hoping that everything grows well with the limited summer we might end up with.

Sorry for the blurry pic… I was trying to not fall into the freshly watered garden.

On a more positive note! The carrots are doing well and the potatoes are starting to flower! So I should get something from this whole venture.

Also, check out my neighbors garlic! I’m so jealous of it!

Previous Updates: 1 & 2

Community Garden Plot Update 2


Sorry for the lack of posting anything there for a long while. Lots of things have been happening and I’ve been dedicating my time to them and skimping out here. 

One the most neglected things in this situation was my community garden plot, so last week I finally went to catch up on it.

I expected a forest of weeds and wilted plants, but was pleasantly surprised to see a small number of manageable weeds. Only a handful of onions weren’t growing. 


So after about half and hour of weeding, everything looked great again. I earthed up my potatoes, and thinned out my carrots. I still have room to plant some more things there, so I’ll see what happens this weekend if I get a chance to go back there.

Everything got a good drink and I realized that I need to visit it more often. It was 6 weeks from the day I planted to checking up on everything. 


There is something munching on my potatoes (and everyone else’s there too). I might make up a garlic spray to treat it with, but I’ll keep you posted on how that goes. 


Given how this year is going, I will be reimagining next year’s garden and making more realistic plans. Especially for our backyard garden, where I STILL have things that need to go into the ground. I’ll update you as soon as I get some more time.