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Location:  Marathon, ON

Day Job:  Stay at home mom

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers

Crops:  Basil, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Lettuce, Oregano, Peas, Potatoes, Raspberries, Spinach, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Onions, Green Onions, Cantaloupe, Dill, Parsley

Animals:  Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Because I have always loved gardening and it helps to feed my family since fresh food at the grocery store is getting more and more ridiculously priced.


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  • Posted by: DJO on October 10th, 2014 at 05:43 pm

    Well the garden has come to an end. It actually ended about a month ago. Got our first snow on September 17th which everything survived, but the frost a few days later killed everything. All in all I think the garden did pretty good. I didn't get as much out of it as I was hoping for but considering the cold growing season that we had to contend with I'm happy with what we got. Already looking forward to next year and doing some planning of what to plant where and also where to put the extension on the garden area.

  • Posted by: DJO on July 16th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Well all my hard work is starting to pay off. We have loads of lettuce and spinach and are eating it daily. We harvested the first batch of carrots, which were started in March and grown in a pot inside, they were a decent enough size and super delicious. The peas plants are getting covered with flowers and pods, tons of flowers on the tomatoes and the peppers are just starting to flower. The zucchini are a bit behind but I planted them late. The onions are looking fantastic. We have more broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage plants than we know what to do with but that's okay. Really the only thing that isn't doing all that great are the beans. The plants are still pathetically small, like 4 inches tall max, so I'm not sure if we will get anything out of them this year or not, but I'm holding out hope that they will take off and produce soon enough.

  • Posted by: DJO on June 24th, 2014 at 03:21 pm

    Thanks. And yes I'm way up North, we are still getting fairly cold weather, drops to the low 40s at night and generally gets to the mid to high 60s during the day with the odd day hitting low 70s. We usually only get a week or so of warm/hot weather during the summer months. The green house is working out amazingly. It has helped easily double size of the plants compared to the ones I left outside to deal with the colder temps. I don't know how I grew stuff before without it to be honest. It has definitely been the best gardening purchase I've made so far, I only wish it was bigger ha ha (apparently 6' x 8' just isn't big enough).

  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on June 24th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Congrats on doing a superb job at getting those seeds growning into healthy plants. I wish you luck. I see you are way up north where its cold a long time. So, your new green house worked out well for you? I haven't tried that yet. Good luck this season growing your garden veggies.

  • Posted by: DJO on June 5th, 2014 at 04:32 pm

    Things are looking up. Weather has been relatively cooperative. Had a great week last week and did a bunch of gardening, then had heavy rains which only helped those things recently planted. Seeds are sprouting like crazy, the plants than have been transplanted are doing amazing. Had some cold nights but everything pulled through just fine. Still have some tomatoes that need transplanting into bigger pots and a few more seeds to direct sow but things are looking great.

    Must say that the greenhouse was a great investment this year. Put the tomatoes and peppers out there for a last couple of weeks and they have gone wild with growth. So glad I started all this stuff indoors myself because I could not buy such big and healthy seedlings from the stores up here. Cannot wait til later in the summer and fall when the harvest can begin.

  • Posted by: DJO on May 16th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Well it snowed here again. Woke up to almost an inch this morning and was not impressed.

    Red Hill, that's a shame about your seedlings dying while you were gone. Such is the life of a gardener. I will probably have to buy a few plants this year as well, mostly because the ones I started indoors are going a bit too slower to likely produce anything during our short summer - that is if summer even comes this year up here.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on May 13th, 2014 at 01:22 pm

    Hi DJO. I think I could get away with seeding some things directly into the garden now. My tomato seedlings are too still small. Now it's about finding the time to get it all done. I've just been away for 6 days and while I was away my lettuce, which is growing inside, wilted. The tiny basil sprouts disappeared. I do have kale from last falling rejuvenated in the garden outside now that all the sticks from the ice storm are out of the way. Since seeding inside wasn't too successful this year, maybe I'll just take the easier route and buy some veggie plants (yikes!). Hope your weather warms up soon.

  • Posted by: DJO on May 12th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Well now that I can log into the site once again I can give another update on my garden.

    I still have things inside and they are still growing like weeds. I've started more lettuce and spinach as well as some marigolds to put along the border of the garden area. This weekend we spend two days outside preparing our garden beds for planting as well as setting up our greenhouse. The greenhouse is quite nice considering how much we paid for it, but nothing has gone into it yet. While the weather was gorgeous on the weekend, hitting a high of 18C (64F), today the temp has dropped once more with a high of 4C (39F). So while things are looking more like spring finally, the last of our snow melted a few days ago, it's still going to be a wait before things can be planted and moved outside, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Posted by: DJO on April 27th, 2014 at 04:31 pm

    Next year I might invest in some actual grow lights, but for the time being my makeshift grow light is working just fine.

    And after shoveling snow for the last few days we have finally uncovered the raised beds in the backyard, hoping that it will help the soil thaw and warm up faster, though we are a good month away from when we can plant anything outside. On the plus side we did have a small harvest of lettuce and spinach yesterday from the plants I started at the beginning of March. They tasted great and I'll be started more in the coming weeks.

  • Posted by: Dante on April 24th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Grow light does seem to make a big difference. One of my few "splurges". I put mine on a timer to eliminate the worry of turning it on and off.

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