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Location:  blackfalds, AB

Day Job:  nurse assistant

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Chile Peppers, Cucumbers, Gourds, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Pears, Peas, Potatoes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, beets,plums,cilantro,juniper berries,marigolds,onions,radishes,sunflowers

Animals:  Cats, Dogs, worms

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  trying to show my children where their food really comes from, and teach them the lost art of gardening and putting food up (canning). Gives me the feeling of reconecting with the earth and my roots. I have a sense of accomplishment knowing that I have done it myself.

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  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 26th, 2012 at 05:23 pm

    What a bountiful basket!

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  • Posted by: Shellie on March 21st, 2011 at 08:25 pm

    I really like your picture with the brilliant colors.

  • Posted by: Moonwater on February 26th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Now that is really amazing because I have always thought that tomatoes require sustained heat. I notice that they are longer to grow in San Diego on the coast than Los Angeles, but I guess it really depends on the microclimates and other factors of geology that affect the air masses and soil temps. Wow! That is one beautiful basket of veggies! Alberta must be a paradise for tomato lovers!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 21st, 2011 at 06:53 am

    NorthAngelMom, Things around the urban ranch have been a little busy the last couple weeks. For a week I helped some friends with electrical wiring for some ceiling lights. We removed three fluorescent lights and replaced them with 15 can lights. We split a circuit off an existing circuit to a circuit of its own and wired in a new circuit as well. It did turn out really well.

    The weather here has all the signs of spring but our frost free date for this area is May 15th. I don't know about the tulips and daffodils being up already. I tried to convince them it wasn't time to be waking up but they just gave me the silent treatment. We had a warm week last week which melted all the snow and started the spring thaw. It was nearly 70 degrees one day and the time spent out on the front yard patio was a welcome change from the cold snowy winter weather. This week looks to be a little cooler but still not bad for February in Nebraska.

    My daughter decided to replace my grandson's bed with a nice flat box furniture bed. For two days I tackled the task of assembling three boxes of parts into a Captain's twin bed. I had to laugh at the instructions which had five steps for the assembly and that the bed was made in Vietnam. I don't think much is manufactured in the States any more.

    Hopefully, I can get back to working on the storage area this week. Spring is indeed coming and I need to get my winter project completed before the outside projects begin.

    I hope you are enjoying the pre spring time of garden and flower anticipation. Have a great day.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 21st, 2011 at 05:19 am

    Northangelmom, thanks for requesting to be a friend. I hope we have many future exchanges.

    Have a great northern day.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 18th, 2011 at 06:52 pm

    The shelving project, ah yes, I need to get back to that. I was sidetracked with a project of installing ceiling lights for a friend for a week. Well, and there was the fact that my daughter living with me decided to buy a flat box bed for her son who also lives with me. Well you can guess who got the priviledge of assembling the three boxes of parts. Ah well then there was hauling away the old bed and moving furniture from grandson's room to daughter's room. Sheeesh, I'm tired just thinking about it. I wouldn't have it any other way. Life is great if I just don't weaken. :0)

    Have a great Northangelmom day.

  • Posted by: sharon on February 18th, 2011 at 12:36 pm


  • Posted by: Green Desert on February 18th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Congrats on farmer of the day.

  • Posted by: schmandr on February 18th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Congrats! I hope gardening isn't too lost of an art though.

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