Want to see me Pea in my garden?
The 2021 gardening season is upon me here in central British Columbia! This year, I pledge to grow more food than in any past year! Inflation in food prices, a need for clean organic nutrition for my toddler, and a growing desire to opt out of the system - not to mention the likelihood of vaccination passports required soon to buy groceries - encourage me to produce as abundantly as I possibly can.
It's my second year in this garden, so I'll be building on past success. I have a green thumb passed down to be from my mother's father, who could revive a dried out twig into a sprawling lush plant in no time. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm fairly accomplished in my own right. I have essentially been gardening every year, more or less, since I was in preschool. Here are a few photos from last summer's harvest:
But it's mid-March in Canada, so we're talking humble beginnings here. The grass is still dead, there's still a bit of ice in the shadowy parts of the yard, the bees aren't buzzing yet, and there's a high risk of frost, snow, and hail for the next 2 months.
The seeds in my hand (first photo) are lettuce seeds, the first thing I planted this year. I got them from a friend a few years ago, out of his garden, and they keep coming up strong each spring. This year I plan to let some bolt, and obtain a fresh crop of seeds.
It's always great to see the sun again. Up here in December through February, times can get pretty dark. Now the days are mild, and nights barely get down to the freezing level. It's time to plant the spring crops!
Peas from an heirloom line I grew last year. They were quite tasty and full of protein.
They should produce plenty of food over the next 3 months, until it gets hot. This spot along the shed is perfect.
Ooh, the garlic I put in last fall survived the winter, and is coming up!
Last year was my biggest garlic crop yet - enough to last until very recently. This time, I set aside enough to put in enough plants to keep us in garlic ALL year! Harvest will be in early July.
Another plant that's already coming up is the rhubarb:
The raspberry patch is looking quite tangled. I wonder if I should prune it before things start to really get going?
I've been taking a photograph of the same bird-berry tree once a month, and posting it. Here's Feburary's entry:
The birds haven't really pillaged the tree too badly, so it still has inventory going into spring. I think it will mostly rot off and be replaced by new green buds soon.
Inside, my little indoor medicine patch is doing well! A few weeks left until harvest for the Reclining Buddha females:
My gardening strategy
My outdoor garden is 200% organic, just like my indoor garden! Nothing but soil, light, air, and water. I don't add nutrient products (not even "organic" ones), sprays, fungicides, insect control, hormones, or anything else you can think of. I'll mix the compost from the bin, which has been decomposing for several months, into the soil before I plant. Then it's just the seeds, and water, until harvest! Then I know exactly what's in my food.
Everybody's different and every gardener does what works for them. There's really no wrong way to do it, although you'll get more enjoyment (and production) out of it some ways than others!
I learn mainly from myself, by trial and error (experimentation). Gardening is a great arena in which to use that tactic, because Nature is forging, and also because the passing of time brings around another season, another opportunity to learn, grow, advance, evolve, and improve.
From time to time, I'll consult another gardener for tips, or help with a particular issue. But I find that I have intuitive skill with plants, and learn by spending time around them. I recommend that to anyone trying to get into gardening - be around your plants a lot. Watch how they grow, notice how they respond to different conditions. You don't always have to be doing something to them, as long as you're observing and learning with them. It might sound like nonsense to other gardners, or non-gardeners, but that's my take on it.
Sure, book smarts are useful too. I did 7 years of Biology, including some upper level plant courses. But I find hands-on is really the only way to get an appreciation for gardening. Once you appreciate it, THEN you'll get good at it.
How I see it, Nature does 95% of the work. Most of our job as gardeners is to get out of the way, and provide an environment that optimizes the growing plants. We can't really take credit for the beauty, the splendor, and the abundance of Nature! And besides, we gardeners are ourselves just a piece of that Nature.
I was afraid to click - in case "Pea" was a spelling mistake! Luckily, it wasn't. LOL
As long as you don't show us your corn hole.............. lmao
Those are a lot of tomatoes. I love it. Reminds me of the garden we got.
Yeah, are you doing one this year?
My parents usually grow a wide variety of vegetables in their garden, I just help out a bit. We have some peas growing right now. We usually do tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, etc. A week ago, I spent 7 hours shoveling manure for the garden.
Helping out is a good way to learn, though sometimes feels like a chore. I helped my parents with a ton of stuff, and as I've grown and moved through life I have been able to draw from those experiences. For example, I didn't think I learned much carpentry from watching my dad all those years, until I had to do some myself, and found I was pretty good at it right away. You probably have some garden skills already. Keep it up, they may come in extremely handy in coming seasons!
Nice job, Down here in the buthole of Ontario we are still hitting -10-15 at night so not crop for me yet.
Glad to see others are starting so I'll get to soon ☮️👍😁
Yeah gotta get those veg going.....
Man cannot live on nice buds alone!
We're thinking about starting thd tomatoes and maybe buying some strawberry shoots
Man I was at the store yesterday getting my garden supplies, and could not find any garlic! I want to grow some this year. Cool post:)
Damn! If you don't find any in the next few weeks, it'll be too late to start for the spring. Your next best time to buy will be July, when everybody in the area has harvested, and has some for sale. I grabbed mine from a Garlic Fest in a nearby town a couple years ago, haha. Put it in the ground a couple weeks before the first frosts of the fall, which is early October for me here.
I actually live 20 miles from the Garlic capitol of the world, and cant even find any! lol, Im sure ill find some soon
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Thank you @drutter