With all this gloomy weather, what can a gardener do to keep their spirits up? Well, this coming Saturday is National Seed Swap day! Sat January 28th this year but it’s the last Saturday of January every year. So if you saved any seeds from your last year, call up your friends and family and ask if they have any seeds they might want to swap. You can also head out to your neighbourhood nursery they should have the seed displays up. I was in Zehrs in Welland, ON and there was a seed display up already. I am always excited when I receive my seed catalogues. I started receiving at Christmas time. They have been safely tuck away until this of year when I can start planning my gardens. I usually receive Versys, Stokes and Richters catalogues. Of course, you can search the web for seeds. I ordered “live” plants in March last year and they were not delivered until May when i could plant them.
Growing up in the country I have always loved being outside, every year my family had a vegetable garden and we canned everything. The long hot August summer nights were always hotter because of the canning during the day. This was before most people had air conditioning. My mother also had house plants, but when she went to college when I was about 13, the houseplants dwindled until there was only one Easter cactus. I asked my mom if that could be mine and she bought me a purple passion plant. I had the Easter cactus for over 20 years. My obsession had begun!
I gradually accumulated houseplants until our house literally looked like a jungle. My mom bought me a houseplant book that I would look at to decide the next plant I had to have. I would spend days cleaning, transplanting and moving the plants to different parts of the house. Once I decided I had become an expert (in my opinion), I decided I wanted to move it outside and learn about herbs and flowers. Carefully over the next several years, I planned out my parent’s lot, thankfully they had an acre and a half of land. By the end of about four years, I had 19 different sections of gardens, not counting the vegetable gardens. My love for herbs and flowers have grown over the years and I hope I can bring you some knowledge, mistakes, recipes and most of all some of the excitement I feel whenever I walk into a garden centre or open a gardening book. Below are some pictures of the vegetable garden. It was not as big as it used to be. it went almost to the tree in the one picture.
Parents Gardens outback