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Red Hill Hollow

Location:  Mississauga, ON

Day Job:  Employee Relations Advisor

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Carrots, Cherries, Cucumbers, Garlic, Grapes, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Potatoes, Raspberries, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Nasturtiums, Chives, Sunflowers

Animals:  One lovely cat who, thankfully, didn't eat the seedlings this year! He's an inny, so he watches the gardening from the sunroom window. We also have a rabbit living in the yard (not a pet or livestock).

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  It feels good!

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  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on October 18th, 2014 at 09:57 am

    It's chilly, damp and windy outside but I found some treasures in the garden today. There were 2 peas ready to eat (edible pod) and about 8 raspberries. It doesn't sound like much but when you can find special morsels like that at this time of year it can make you a little excited. I clipped some lavender and mint, which are both still thriving outside, and brought them inside and put them in water. Will they root in water? I think they might. Anyway, they look pretty on the counter.

  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on August 19th, 2014 at 06:48 am

    Hi Red Hollow! I wanted to thank you for stopping by and the congrats. I saw your recent pics and your crops are looking very very nice! I'm voting for you!!!! Wait - you've got Farmer of The Month - you definitely deserve that cause seriously your plants look nice. I'm sorry I missed it, when did you get Farmer of the Month?

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on August 10th, 2014 at 07:19 am

    Sunflowers are no longer growing. Must have been a raccoon. :-(

  • Posted by: anutsoup on July 27th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Red Hill Hollow. Loved your photos. Your place looks lovely. Didn't you just move there a couple years ago? We have been on a road trip, everything really grew while we were gone, thanks to niece watering. Will post some photos soon. My permaculturing is moving along. Trying to make the front a little more neighborhood friendly . . . people either love it or hate it . . .

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on July 20th, 2014 at 05:16 am

    This year has had big garden challenges here in Nebraska. First my tomatoes were frozen from a late frost, then three weeks later after replanting, 100 plus MPH wind came visiting and brought friends called hail. Seven inches of rain caused flash flooding and soggy garden syndrome. I replanted again but the prime plants were all gone by then and what was left just hasn't done very well. The fourteen inches of rain in June (June's average is about four) just didn't promote growth in the garden. The only thing that has with stood the extreme weather has been the potatoes. They are the star of the garden again this year. The eggplants are holding their own but I don't see any blooms yet. It's been a crazy year.

    I have almost given up growing any kind of squash family plant because of the dreaded vine borer. I have yet found a way to defeat the ugly worm.

    Have a great day in the garden.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on July 19th, 2014 at 09:35 am

    Posted a few new photos. One of the front garden filling in. Looks like we're living in the woods because after the crazy winter we had it seems like all the trees are in survival mode, heavily laden with foliage. Last fall I said that I was leaving the small kale and lettuce in the garden to see how it would turn out in the spring. Well, in case there are any nay-sayers out there, I have posted a couple of pictures to show they are still alive. All the kale and one lonely lettuce. The pictures were taken last week, so the stuff is all bigger now. We may have a salad tomorrow. I also have tons of lettuce growing in the basement, where it seems to grow much better for me. The last 2 pictures show the berries I'm getting this year. I've never had so many in my little garden. I have to pick them every day. Strawberries are in a lull right now but some of them are ever-bearing so there will be more. There are lots of raspberries right now. How is your garden growing this year?

  • Posted by: Wall 2 Wall Sheep RANCH IS FOR SALE on July 8th, 2014 at 07:26 pm

    Although we have had not as much rain as some places her in MB .... we are still pretty wet.... the ditches are really full.... the night that I put the cucumbers in the garden it decided to hail half an hour later.... very cold still even though the thermometer says it is hot... the air and ground are still cold... our water lines that were put in 8 foot deep are still frozen from January... the water has not worked for the cows all this time.... garden is trying... the potatoes are coming out fine it looks like.... but Pete did not plant as much this year as I can not help still... don;t do the bending over still ...even after both hips replaced last year.

  • Posted by: kiferd on June 23rd, 2014 at 05:14 pm

    Thank you for the comments. The blueberries, blackberries and tomatoes are beginning to be ripen. The raspberries are all gone as of last week, peppers on the way. Herbs, as always, continue to do fine no matter what.
    Enjoy your tomatoes!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on June 23rd, 2014 at 07:15 am

    Strawberries galore! I've never had so many. and I've only seen one slug. And the robin family has been eating their share and still there are lots.

  • Posted by: Dante on June 19th, 2014 at 02:32 pm

    Glad to hear about your anticipated bumper crop!

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