Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tomato Soup

The other day I found a recipe online for Garlicky Tomato Soup that looked like it would be really tasty.  So I adapted it to the ingredients I had on hand, and came up with this version of Tomato Soup. … Continue reading

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Liberty Apple

BC is renowned apple growing country, but here on the coast we have our challenges.  This is why my favourite apple is a variety called Liberty. In the interior of BC the climate is excellent for growing apples, with cold … Continue reading

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Planting Bulbs for Spring Colour

Today we enjoyed a reasonably nice day and I was able to get outside and do a few chores.  Planting bulbs was on the top of my list, and I’ve managed to get most of them into the ground.  For … Continue reading

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I’m beginning to sense a theme here; many of my favourite recipes involve roasting something!  This time it’s pumpkin seeds, and they make a delicious nutritious snack. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, magnesium and zinc, and if … Continue reading

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First Frost

Last night (Oct 14/15) we had our first frost. By the time I dragged my carcass from between the covers at 8:30 (hey, it’s Saturday after all) the sun was shining and the rooftops were still sparkling with frost. There … Continue reading

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Tatting Fern

In my temperate coastal garden all sorts of ferns grow very happily.  Ample rainfall, coolish temperatures and narrow daylight (a nod to Diana Krall, I love the expression) provide the perfect conditions to grow these primitive plants.  I have planted … Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Potatoes

I made these delicious roasted potatoes for supper tonight, the family loves them.  They’re certainly a favourite recipe of my kids and husband, and I like them too! I used my homegrown Satina potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2-3” chunks.  … Continue reading

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Update on Tomatoes and Red Plastic Mulch

Earlier this year I launched a highly unscientific experiment to assess whether red plastic mulch would be beneficial to my tomato plants. You can read about it in my post about tomatoes and red plastic mulch. The claim (by purveyors … Continue reading

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Pepper Production Particularly Poor in 2011

Well, I guess I shouldn’t complain, I’ve harvested tons of tomatoes, a plethora of peas and countless carrots, but my pepper production was particularly poor in 2011. I don’t really need a lot of peppers because I’m pretty much the … Continue reading

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