gabriola garden

Friday, November 30, 2007




















Sara’s flower garden and my vegetable patch are mostly history. An incredibly cold Arctic air mass has descended on British Columbia, so our poor plants look frail and frozen. The ones that we haven’t yet cut or pulled out, that is.

Last Sunday I spent a good two hours cutting teeth onto some bottomless plastic pots which Sara immediately turned upside down and placed atop some of her precious perennials (delphiniums, especially) that she doesn’t want the slugs to eat in the spring. I must have done 15-20 pots.

I started off cutting them with broad strokes making them look like crowns, but I was instructed to do many more, sharper teeth in order to skewer the slugs if they ever dare climb these plastic cylinders.

Last week our All Ablaze Rose burst forth with a bunch of buds and one open Rose, but we had to cut them and take them indoors in order to salvage the salvageable. Of our kittens, Dusty has grown to be a big cat, distrustful of anyone, except me. He loves to get his belly rubbed!

The Halloween pumpkins projected a final grin each before melting into a rotten pile on top of the compost heap. Hedgehog ended up dressing as Bloom, a character from a TV show, a female superhero of sorts.

Sara made about half a dozen trips to a nearby schoolyard where they were giving away compost. We picked or cut all of our vegetables and she filled up my vegetable patch with rich, black, organic compost!

Given such a fertile growing medium, coupled with the Advanced Nutrients 100% organic plant food that we always give our plants, we’ll be sure to grow incredibly large, sweet, and robust vegetables come next season!

Speaking of seasons, tomorrow is December 1st. Do I hear sleigh bells? The festive season is upon us. We’ll try to blog once more before the bearded guy comes down the chimney, but we can’t promise.

Happy December, everybody!

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posted by Tim at 1:58 PM

6 Comments:

  • Tim: Love the photos and text! Thanks for visiting over at Ledge and Gardens here in RI. 12-01-07 and Jingle Bell Rock is playing on the radio! Must go out and do a bit of raking although it is very cold here today...27 F! Layers! Oh, and Blogger won't let me post with my HTML!

    By Anonymous Layanee, at 7:07 AM  

  • Hi Tim,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm typing away again after the painful Cellulitis. Your photos are lovely.
    Aiyana

    By Blogger No Rain, at 12:38 PM  

  • You have to show a picture of the slug preventer. I'm picturing a little monster with sharp teeth!!

    By Blogger Wicked Gardener, at 6:29 PM  

  • Free compost, how cool is that as you can never have enough of the stuff.

    Dusty is a very handsome cat, I like it that he's wearing white spats. ;-)

    By Blogger Yolanda Elizabet, at 8:48 AM  

  • Gorgeous roses and a very handsome cat! I live in a farming community and have some wonderful farmers' markets around me so no longer do much vegetable gardening. I do have a cherished asparagus patch and fruit trees and shrubs.

    By Anonymous Susan, at 8:06 AM  

  • awesome set of flowers

    By Blogger theysaywordscanbleed, at 4:55 PM  

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