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Red Hill Hollow

Location:  Mississauga, ON

Day Job:  Employee Relations Advisor

The Digs:  Backyard

Crops:  Basil, Blackberries, Blueberries, Carrots, Cucumbers, Grapes, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Peas, Potatoes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Thyme, Tomatoes, Chard, Golden Beans, Nasturtiums, Beets, Watermelon

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: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on April 16th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hi Red Hollow, I see that you've got some growing going on there inside! You really can't plant outside until early June? That would drive me crazy to wait that long. I planted our on March 30th this year. They're all popping up now, except for peppers. Good luck with yours!

  • Posted by: Dante on April 15th, 2014 at 08:32 am

    Yes! Love seeing those seeds sprout. The few potato sprouts I cut off and planted two weeks ago from the forgotten bag are now almost a foot long! It's still a good two months early in my area to put them outside (without using cloche). So, I'll need to pot them (uses half gallon milk/juice carton for pots) and keep them in the basement for a while. Another thing to tend to! But, it's all fun.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 14th, 2014 at 04:16 pm

    Four tomatoes poking out! Don't you love to watch them sprout?

  • Posted by: Dante on April 14th, 2014 at 07:09 am

    Aaah, living in the northeast!! Saw your comment of March 8th & 15th. I can feel for you, same weather dilemna here in the Boston area also. But today...expected to be in the low 70s! Nice! First time this year , so far.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 12th, 2014 at 06:30 am

    Snow is all gone. Birds are back. Lettuce is sprouting under the new grow light. Tomatoes and cucumbers are under the light getting ready to sprout. There's a lot of cleanup required in the back yard from the ice storm. If I can get to that this weekend I should be able to seed some stuff into the raised beds, maybe next weekend.

  • Posted by: Standfield Organic Farms on April 5th, 2014 at 04:52 am

    voted! I'm moving some of my seedlings out into the raised beds this weekend. I'm also building 4' trellises on the north side of each raised bed for some vertical gardening.

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

    Love the pictures of your garden. Lucky you getting some nice weather even if snow came right after. We're still cold and snowy here but I'm looking forward to when spring does happen.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 15th, 2014 at 07:51 am

    Crazy weather week! First we had a warm day of melting snow, then a full day of heavy snow that replaced everything that had melted and now it's melting again. Birds are coming back out. This time I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This weekend I am going to do some serious garden planning.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 8th, 2014 at 07:34 am

    The temperature has gone up above 0 and will be, in the daytime, for about 5 days altogether. It should make a dent in the snow. I'm curious but dreading to see what my beautiful new front yard will look like after this messy, dirty winter. :-S

  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on March 3rd, 2014 at 01:24 pm

    Hi there Red Hill Hollow, Donna Quinn here! I posted my response to your questions on my site. Now I'm visiting your site. Anyway, no activity down here in Dallas either. To dang cold for me to get out there. It was -0F to -5F chill factor this morning. I don't do a thing until it warms up a bit more! Hope you are doing well and keeping warm up there!

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