Monday, August 29, 2011

weekend : in the garden




 







  • We planted our fruit trees - all 14 of them, heirloom varieties from Yalca Fruit Trees. A Summer Strawberry apple anyone? Or an Emerald Chesnut? Well, maybe in a few years..
  • Why dig your holes by hand when you can use a hired excavator, that requires hiring, loading on a trailer (said trailer not quite up to the job), and a diesel top up before towing home? All worth it in Daniel's books, but I must admit it did do the job extremely quickly with our compacted type of soil. Minus any broken backs.
  • A flower and shrub garden bed dug out on our immediate front lawn. Daniel sees maintenance, but I envision being able to fill a vase with pretty flowers.
  • More potatoes planted. After the dog dug up and ate half of the first lot. Must remember to shut the gate.  Lettuce, bok choy and radish seeds sown. 
  • The Spring air has awakened the chives and rhubarb. Self seeded cos lettuce has been thinned.
  • Nothing like a garden to bring a family together for the weekend. Even if said family disagrees from time to time.

 Have you been in the garden lately?

16 comments:

Miss E said...

Looks like a lovely weekend and wasn't the weather just perfect! x

Christine said...

Glorious garden pictures with weather to match! I was treated to an entire day in the garden yesterday..pottering to my hearts content. Hung a gate, made some twiggy wigwams for summer beans, harvested snowpeas and collected stray feathers from the ducks to dye up. Just lovely. Your fruit trees sound very exciting! :)

Veronica said...

i love your lifestyle. you seem to do it all so well. i can't say that i would be very good at it though. your garden looks great and the photos are always lovely. have a happy day tania!

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Gorgeous....they are my most favourite kind of weekends. We have a few fruit trees in our garden and I adore them. They are full of spring blossoms right now.

My man would love the idea of the digger pre planting!

Happy days. Isn't the sunshine lovely!

xoxox
Kellie.

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

I can't get out of the garden at the moment, mostly boring mowing yesterday although the herb patch got some much needed attention. Actually I don't really mind mowing but I think our enviromower might be on its last legs. Indoors is looking BAD due to all the good outdoors weather - our house needs some rain so I do some cleaning. Those fruit trees sound awesome.

dixiebelle said...

Wow, bringing out the big guns!! If I had to dig all those holes by hand, or could play on a big boys toy instead... I know which one I'd choose!

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Tammi said...

Now that is my kind of weekend :) Not that we are gardeners as such but spending the days outdoors with the kids.
We did a bit of planting over the weekend...some herbs and strawberries, and will hopefully make a start on a vegie patch soon.
Love the idea of fruit trees but with renting we are pretty restricted.
x

Cassandra said...

We, three kids, hubby and I,spent most of the weekend outside, transplanting the strawberries, parsley, chives and mint to another garden bed in preparation for a new driveway. i hope your fruit trees do well, I love the sound of the apple. i have had my twin grafted apple for a couple of years now, and i just love watching it blossom, knowing that in time fruit will come. I can be patient.
Hope you have a great day
Cassandra :)

michelle said...

My garden is looking very sad and sorry at the moment.

You made me laugh with the comment about your husband seeing maintenance instead of beautiful flowers. I know when I ask my husband to do something in the yard I can see him thinking how much extra work is this going to make for him.

Your garden is looking lovely and productive!

Tania @ Out Back said...

Looks like you enjoyed a nice bright weekend Tania. Lovely weather for spending in the garden...we did this all weekend too.

Becky said...

LOL... we actually took yesterday as a "play day" and Scott and I went to explore the Columbia Canal and got extremely sunburned heads. And today was spent catching up laundry and a bit of house work as the upcoming week promises to be quite full and tiring. Have a GREAT week!

zigsma said...

And nothing like beautiful sunny weather to get us out into the garden. There's that clothesline of yours again. x

Tammy said...

I can't get out of the garden lately and have a potting shed full of activity. :)

faith76 said...

Wow so very busy x Lovely pictures and looks like beautiful weather.

Leah x

oscarlucinda said...

You were very productive!

I had a Saturday in the garden pottering about...and then Mum and I finished off the weeding out in the courtyard today. So satisfying and good for the soul - fresh air & sunshine :)
x

tea with lucy said...

not to mention how much the kids love watching the digger! we've had the earth movers in today. elliot loved it. i'm itching to get a garden in while there is still a bit of rain around. yours looks very productive!