The adventuresome life of a Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland dog in Northwestern Ontario

You know Elizabeth has been hanging out around the gardens this past week. Here’s what she’s been tending, and why it is so important for me to maintain my standards of vigilance against vermin like squirrels and groundhogs and hares and deer… Everyone wants a little something from Elizabeth’s gardens!

We showed you the second crop of beets last week. Look! There's some Basil coming up there, too!

We showed you the second crop of beets last week. Look! There’s some Basil coming up there, too!

In another bed, she planted Turnips, Peas and Carrots. The Turnips are up! The Peas are just poking out of the soil in the foreground.

In another bed, she planted Turnips, Peas and Carrots. The Turnips are up! The Peas are just poking out of the soil in the foreground.

And in the Tea Garden, Bee Balm is blooming in profusion. Well, maybe not anymore. Elizabeth has harvested most of them for tea.

And in the Tea Garden, Bee Balm is blooming in profusion. Well, maybe not anymore. Elizabeth has harvested most of them for tea.

And this is how invasive species get their footing, folks. It seems not everyone is happy with life in the Tea Garden…

It seems not everyone is happy in the Tea Garden... (APB on one Purple Cone Flower - a.k.a. Echinacea - approximately 80cm and green flowering head with purple tint. Last see on the lam on the Tea Garden's gravel path...)

APB: Purple Cone Flower – a.k.a. Echinacea – approximately 80cm and purple flowering head with greenish highlights. Last seen on the lam on the Tea Garden’s gravel path…

And speaking of escapees…

Wannabe Escapee mini

Let me outta here!

Will those turnips grow any more over the next week? Will the Lone Purple Cone survive life on the Garden Path? And will the little toadstool escape its planter prison? Tune in next week…
BOL    ~:oD=

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Comments on: "Jeudi dans le jardin 2" (5)

  1. Shelly Betton said:

    I am really enjoying your posts Elizabeth. We purchased a cottage four years ago on darlington bay and I’ve been learning so much from you. I would like to plant fast growing bushes to give us some separation between our neighbors to the back of us. Just for more privacy. Anything you can recommend that I could transplant from our property to this open area?
    Thanks and have a wonderful day
    .

    • What’s the soil like, Shelly? You’re on the north side of the tracks, if I remember, right?
      If it’s well drained, I’d start saving my eggshells and grinding them up now. Then in the fall, I’d dig the trenches along where you want to plant the shrubs. Put some loam in and then maybe a bit of topsoil.
      In the spring, root some cuttings from hazelnuts. When you plant them, mix those eggshells in with the soil in the hole you plant the rooted stalks. Keep dumping crushed eggshells on them once in a while – they love calcium. The nuts are delicious if you can beat the squirrels to them.
      In shadier more moist areas, Red osier would be nice. They flower nicely, too. A chokecherry here and there would be nice, and the fruit you could use for jelly/jam/wine or it would bring in the birds when they ripen.
      In slightly moister soil, scrub maple would be lovely, especially in the fall when it colours up.
      If your soil is almost marshy, alder is good.
      They all tend to spread, so you’ll want to keep an eye on shoots that come up where you don’t want them.
      If you’ve got deer, you’ll need to protect them with fencing.
      Why don’t you come over (you’ll have to take us as you find us!) sometime and I’ll show you what they look like if you need help. I could start some cuttings for you in the spring if you need some help there, too. We’ve got some of all of these growing here! If you see where they are growing, you’ll get a better picture of what conditions they thrive in.
      I think there are chokecherries along the tracks, and I’m pretty sure there’s hazelnut over there. Used to be. The deer, though… :o/

    • Oh, and thank you! LOL. I get so focused on one part of the post… LOL.

  2. I love fresh basil, with tomatoes and mozzarella… that’s the taste of summer :o)

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