Category: deck garden

Today’s aesthetic: dead ‘Black Hero’ tulips we…

Today’s aesthetic: dead ‘Black Hero’ tulips wearing tattered ballgowns and this Sweet Caroline ‘Raven’ sweet potato vine, affectionately nicknamed Ebony Dark’ness

May 13, 2018 Disaster! A runaway tomato cage …

May 13, 2018

Disaster! A runaway tomato cage decapitated one of my tomato seedlings today as I was preparing to plant mine in it’s final home.

The victim wasn’t the seedling I had planned to keep for myself, but ‘you break it, you buy it’. So, now we have a two-part science experiment.

Hypothesis A: the root ball and remaining stem will send out new shoot(s) and continue to grow

Hypothesis B: the rootless stem will produce a new root system and continue to grow

It’s maybe not as hopeless as it seems; tomatoes can grow roots nearly anywhere along the stem and particularly from leaf nodes. This is why you should bury tomato seedlings up to the top few sets of leaves when you plant them. The deciding factor will be if the planted stem can hang on long enough to grow new roots.

I might be buying a seedling for myself next weekend!

Anemones are blooming! This one’s called ‘Sylp…

Anemones are blooming! This one’s called ‘Sylphide’ and is a very dramatic magenta against the deep merlot of the ‘Black Hero’ tulips. Zoom in to see all the cool details!

‘Black Hero’ tulips Sunday – Tuesday – today

‘Black Hero’ tulips

Sunday – Tuesday – today

April 23, 2018 Added these beauties to my dec…

April 23, 2018

Added these beauties to my deck garden today, Baby Senetti ‘True Blue’ and calibrachoa ‘Creamsicle’.

Not too many flowers come in really blue blues like this, and I had to stop myself from posting four hundred photos of the same flower from infinitesimally different angles.

Enjoy!

April 17 Just a quick update on my tomato see…

April 17

Just a quick update on my tomato seedlings – they’re coming along nicely, most with two sets of true leaves after just over 2 weeks. Three of the original set didn’t sprout so I replanted those – that’s why a couple seedlings are behind the others.

The sprouts are maybe getting a little leggy; the setup I have doesn’t let me put the light as close to the pots as I’d like. I’m not too concerned about it, though. When I plant my tomatoes I always bury them up to the top few sets of leaves anyway, because tomatoes will grow roots from the buried stem and leaf nodes. This actually improves the root structure of the plant!

April 5, 2018 First batch sprouting, second b…

April 5, 2018

First batch sprouting, second batch sown.

Flowers this gorgeous deserve close-ups!

Flowers this gorgeous deserve close-ups!

March 26, 2018 Started up my veggie garden ye…

March 26, 2018

Started up my veggie garden yesterday with two new self-watering planters from a local startup called Patch Planters.

Last fall I decided I wanted to downsize from my large storage tub planter (not coincidentally while I was mucking out roughly 40L of soil from said planter).

I saw these little guys at the BC Home & Garden show a few weeks back and was intrigued. The planters are small (shoebox sized), lightweight, and collapsible. Each holds about 4-5” of soil and roughly 3L of water. They’re made mostly of materials I’d describe as “sort of like tarp” and “some kind of coated paper? fabric??” so I’m a little skeptical of how well they’ll hold up after a full season outdoors, but I’m excited to find out!

Right now I’ve got a third of each planter sown with an Easter Egg radish and a mesclun. Over the next two weeks I’ll fill in the remaining two-thirds and see if I can’t get a succession crop going.

March 6, 2018 Bulbs + containers I have a be…

March 6, 2018

Bulbs + containers

I have a beautiful ceramic pot that sits on my front step year-round. It’s the perfect size for the plain plastic grower’s pots my favourite garden centre sells, so I have a rotating pair of pots I swap out. Last summer’s skeletons got replaced this weekend with a fresh pot of crocus, iris, and narcissus. I planted the bulbs last October, and they overwintered on my back deck, protected by an upside-down tomato cage wrapped in frost blanket.

I’ve also filled my big rectangular self-watering planter with tulips, anemones, and gladiolus. I used a couple of plexiglass sheets and some pot toes to make a simple cold frame to keep the soil temperature up a little through the winter. It looks like the tulips are on their way up at least!