Thursday, 27 June 2013

Garden one month later

Wow it is hard to believe that the garden has been in for a month. I was able to plant everything two weeks early this year and everything is two weeks behind. June has been a very very wet month and I hope that July is a bit drier!
I am still unable to do anything in the garden till after the 5th I took a few pics in the rain on Tuesday and today I dusted my cabbages and tried to stop myself from pulling weeds. 

View of the whole garden

Peppers and a few tomatoes

Tomatoes and a few peppers...lol 

Tomatoes are starting to flower 

Cabbages are pretty big, but not really heading up too much 

Cucumbers. butternut and brussel sprouts. 

Peas, green beans, broad beans, soy bean(of which only 1 came up) and Zucchini which have only come up today

Carrots, Onions, 3 kinds of beets, spinach and lettuce. The lettuce isn't doing well 

Potatoes 

Raspberry's, honeydew and artichokes. All doing well 

Although they all look like weeds the big one is an artichoke 

I didn't take any pic of the back garden since nothing much is happening. The pumpkins and spaghetti squash planted all died while I was away. Mr.P planted potatoes back there instead and they are just starting to come up. While inspecting them I also found one pumpkin still holding on. I think I will let it live and see what happens..lol




Monday, 24 June 2013

I'm back

After two weeks of living in a hotel, sleeping in a horrible bed, eating out or eating meals I could cook in the microwave, lot of trips to the Clinic, staying in a city hit by the worst flood in their history and living through their state of emergency....I am FINALLY HOME!!!

I was so happy to get home last night that I cried, it was a hard two weeks and an easy two weeks I guess. However, being away from home when it isn't for a holiday is rather hard. Especially when it rains every day and you are stuck inside. I did have my sewing machine so for the 1st week alone I was able to be productive. The 2nd week was when the procedure took place and Mr.P joined me. I wasn't able to do all the hiking he wanted to do and well the rain and flooding didn't allow us to do much more than walk though shopping malls and sleep..lol

The house was still standing when we arrived and nothing appeared to be out of sorts so that is always good. The garden really grew as did all my flower pots. Its just all so lush that it was overwhelming!!

I still cannot do much of anything for the next two weeks on Dr's orders, which is depressing, but worth it in the end if everything works out. So today I am just going to take it easy, try to get the house back in to order with out over doing it and just relax.

I will be posting pic of the garden/yard tomorrow.



Friday, 14 June 2013

Travelling craft room


As I told you all in my previous post I am away from home for a couple of weeks for a medical procedure. I also mentioned that I brought my sewing machine along with me. Just in case you didn't quite believe me. Here is a quick Picture.....lol  I ended up switching things around in this pic since the cords wouldn't reach.


I got another 3 blocks sewn up last night and then just lazed around and did nothing today. Well I had to go to the clinic twice today,but other than that I just napped and dreamed about my garden. I am asking Mr.P to take a few pic of the garden for my tomorrow so I will share an update with you when I get one!!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Guest Blogging over at Leona's Quilting Adventure

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I have been following Leona's Blog  Leona's Quilting Adventure for a couple of years, since her blog is always full of inspiration. She recently became a member of my group Bee's Helping Bee's and asked if I would like to promote the group on her blog.

Of course I said yes!!

So head of over to Leona's Quilting Adventure and check out what I had to say

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

WIP 06/12/13


Today’s Work In Progress report comes to you from inside a Hotel in Calgary..lol I have to be here for a medical procedure so along with my laptop I brought my sewing machine to help pass the time between appointments.

As Always I am linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and @The Needle and Thread Network.  Make sure you hop on over there and see what everyone else is working on too.
Right Click to Save ImageWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

My June to do list

July 2011 BOM- I have made some progress, but forgot to take a pic!
Chickens
Paint box blocks


Completed projects for June
We bee Learning-Granny squares for Jane- I plant on making 4. Jane who also happens to be my mother asked for bright blocks in whatever colours we wanted. I just grabbed a few handfuls of fabric when I left, so I hope these will go with the rest that she gets. Either way they are for my Mom...so they will be okay..lol


Don't you love the hotel carpet!

Bee’s helping Bee’s- If you haven’t heard about this group I started check out the link below. Jody needed a couple more blocks for a bee quilt and sent me the fabric she was using. I made her two blocks. They are suppose to be wonky.



No progress Items to date (these are projects that have appeared on the to do list for 1 or more months with you guessed it.....no progress
Wonky Bee quilt: thinking
Bee Creative bee quilt: I only received blocks from 2 people so this quilt is on hold
International stashes: I need to sew blocks together and quilt.
Christmas qal quilt: sandwich and quilt
Fall Wall Hanging-I have started to do a bit of the embroidery
Baby quilt-cut out, assemble, and quilt
Sew Happy Geek QAL- Blocks  9,10,11 and 12 still need to be done
Table runner- I have pieced this sucker together. Now I just need to get the backing on and quilt it
We Bee Learning group one Quilt- The grey fabric for my sashing came in. Now I need to get to work

2011 BOM- Since it is 2013 you can see I am a bit behind on this one. July-dec still need to be done




Sunday, 9 June 2013

Do you like to have fun?

Of course you do and now that I caught your attention and you clicked to read this post let me tell you about some great fun you can take part in this summer.

Quilting Bee's

What!? You say it's too nice to bee inside quilting. Yes that may be true, but with the following bee's you only make 2 blocks per month  for 6 months (July till December) and during that time you will have one month off where everyone make you a block. Just think of all the time you will save getting help with a quilt. 

We Bee Learning- Group 1- easy to medium blocks no paper piecing
2 SPOTS LEFT

Group 2 -Anything goes
2 SPOTS LEFT


We Bee Canadian- The only requirement in this group is that you are living in Canada


1 SPOT LEFT

Request to join the groups via the join button on flickr or leave me a comment here

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Weed Warfare and Week One Update

Well I must say I have had my head up my ****** for the past couple of weeks and it’s really starting to get in the way..lol

On the 20th I started some new meds that have really fried my brain and for some reason it has been hard to get my words together to create a post! I hope everything I write makes sense, if not sorry!!

It’s been a little over a week since the garden was officially all in. I have spent the past week on doing a little weed warfare. I have been doing this by putting down straw between the rows to help keep the weeds down. As soon as something comes up I try to weed the best I can around it and then get the straw down. It has been a lot of work, but I think it will pay off in the end. I am usually pretty good at weeding when the weather isn’t too hot, but as soon as it starts to sizzle I cannot handle the heat and have to stay in. This result in a lot of weed, however this should help a lot! Today it only took me 20mins to weed the whole garden!! Okay granted we haven’t had rain in over a week so there aren’t a lot of weeds, but still I am going with the straw being a success

 Okay here we have plot one. In this plot I have honeydew melons which I will be growing on trellises (to be put in soon) watermelon which will be planted this week and used for ground cover. Raspberries and Artichokes. Only 2 artichokes survived and the other two look weak.

Before the straw

After


Plot 2 is Norland Potatoes. They are just starting to come up now.
before

After



Plot 3 is a mixed plot of Carrots, white onions, red onions, bunching onions, leeks, pickling onions, green onions, Detroit red beets, Italian beets, golden beets, Easter egg radishes, spinach and lettuce.
The onions and leeks are all doing great. I was a little worried about the transplants, but they are thriving! Of the later veggies on the list only the radishes and spinach are up.

Spinach
Plot 4 is a mixed plot of Peas, broad beans, green beans, soy beans and zucchini. In this group only the peas and green beans are up


Green Beans

Peas

Plot 5 is a mixed plot of cucumbers. I made a little mistake in planting them. I am going to be growing them on trellises again this year. I was supposed to plant the rows closer together, but planted them 1ft apart so instead of 2 trellises I am going to have to put in 4. Oh well lesson learned! The butternut squash and Brussels sprouts are also in this section


Plot 5 is my cabbage plot. It also includes broccoli, cauliflower, white and purple kohlrabi and pak choi.


Plot 6 is my tomato plot. I have 7 rows of tomatoes and 2 rows of Hungarian peppers.
Before (yes I have a lot of weeds in the the grass)

After


Plot 7 is my pepper plot which also included a few tomatoes and eggplant. I lost 1 pepper Everything else is doing great


Plot 8 was planted with flower seeds, nothing has come up yet!

The back garden is having a little trouble. It looks like the plants have frost damage, not sure what happened. However, I recall the same thing happening last year resulting in having to buy plants from the green house. We shall see how it goes.


So there you go a little tour to mark week one. Everything is doing great! I have to go out of province for the next two weeks for a medical procedure which means I have to leave the garden in the hands of Mr.P and my parents. I just hope that everything is still doing great when I get back!!