What an amazing summer we've had! I’ve spent the whole summer here at the cottage. The atmosphere is totally relaxing here, and, as you know, I love working in the garden. I started most of my plants in the greenhouse in late May and then transferred them to the garden.
In late May, I started planting seeds in the greenhouse to speed up the growing process. Lots of things are happening in the greenhouse! I grow cucumbers and tomatoes, and we've been enjoying fresh arugula, spinach, mustard, and kale.
This year I’m really focusing on companion plants. They're used to confuse or repel plant pests and to encourage the growth of other plants, including those that are used to nurse crops.
We have luscious green lettuce, Swiss and rainbow chard, four different types of kale, French sorrel, arugula, red mustard, cabbage, radicchio, wasabi greens, spicy salad micro-greens, spinach, beans, peas, onions, lots of cucumbers and tomatoes, radishes, and lots of culinary herbs.
We're also growing different root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips, squash, melons (well, the deer ate the plant so no melons this year), and potatoes. This is my first time growing potatoes.
I purchased non-GMO potato seeds from a local organic grower in Coe Hill this year and am looking forward to a healthy crop of potatoes.
My Summer Organic Garden 2015
This is my fifth year gardening, and I've learned so much, like what works and what doesn't. Every year it’s been a learning curve.
We have earthy, rich soil, which we keep nourished by adding good compost. The horse manure we use is from a trusted local organic farm.
Plus, from the seaweed and organic mushroom compost I use, I can make my own super-brewed compost tea!
I'm still on a learning curve with compost but am catching on very quickly.
This summer and while we were on holiday for two weeks, we had this amazing French Canadian couple, Marie and Louis, who stayed at the cottage and took care of the property while we were away! Louis really took my compost to the next level! I've learned a lot from him, so I have to give him credit for the success of my compost. I'm just keeping up.
The garden and our place have received so much love and attention. I'm super grateful for the many special people in our lives. Really!
I have a lot of nasturtium leaves, flowers, and seeds. Did you know that they're all edible and are wonderful in salads? They're also an excellent companion for many plants.
This is the best garlic harvest we've ever had! The garlic I planted last fall was ready for harvest in July. Imagine, I planted over 350 bulbs of garlic!
Since gardening is a passion of mine, I'd love to hear about your gardening experiences! Remember to leave me your comments.