Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Flowers Up Close

Good day. I have been developing my photographic skills. Flowers and vegetables, shapes and colours, are fascinating.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tar Spot

ÈTar spot is a common, visually distinctive and fungal leaf spot disease. Tar spot can affect many species of maple including big leaf, mountain, red, Rocky mountain, sugar, and sycamore maple.

If a maple tree develops a relatively small yellow spot or spots on the leaves, then it is most likely that tree has tar spot. The spots can remain  small or they can get bigger as the season progresses. Worse, they can spread across the entire surface of the leaves. As this fungus matures, the centre of the infected area will become raised and turn black.

It is this black spot or blob that gives the infection its name, tar spot.The most common fungi that cause tar spot are Rhytisma acerinmu and Rhytisma punctatum.È

Find out more in my upcoming ebook: From My Garden. From My Garden is based upon the weekly articles I have been writing for the Campbellton tribune.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Looking Ahead

This year I had planned to create a heritage garden planting seeds that would have been used in this region by any settlers in the year. Time and other factors swayed me in another direction. Next year I will focus on peas and beans in my community garden plot.  Heritage Harvest has proven to be an excellent provider of what I need. I will post updates here, including photos of the seeds I choose and the whole process.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tomato Flowers

The greenhouse tomatoes have grown in the past 48 hours. Tomorrow I will post pics, for today this.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tomato Plant Flowering

An up-close look at one of the tomato plant branches in flower in the greenhouse.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

First Beans

They were a bit late but still delicious. I picked the first (12) beans this  morning from my community garden plot. Watered, onions and garlic coming along as are the sunflowers. I get asked why  I grow sunflowers and  I say, one I love how they look, two, the bees love them, and three for the seeds.

Happy gardening.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Three Herbs for An Indoor Windowsill Garden

My top choices:

Parsley – You will most commonly see parsley used as a garnish and it does work well but be sure to eat it and not toss it away. Parsley is very versatile and will look great on your windowsill I use parsley in salads, stews, omelets, and soups, for example.
Sweet Basil – Sweet basil will add a pleasant aroma to your and a deep and spicy flavour to your food. It is essential for Italian cooking and Thai dishes. You can use sweet basil in tomato sauce and in stir fries for example.
Chives - Chives are one of my favorites, chives are a relative of the onion and bring that extra zip to any dish that needs it. The purple flowers are quite attractive and edible. Chopped chives can be added to salads, egg and cheese dishes, cream cheese, mashed potatoes, and sauces.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Peppers & Tomatoes in Greenhouse

This tomato plant had broken , so I placed it in a separate pot and it  is now flowering. We will see if it produces fruit.

All photos were taken this am Thursday August 4, 2016.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Garden Photos: Community Garden Plot

Two Useful Gardening Books

Goo day, this is an excerpt from this Friday's August 5 From My Garden appearing in the Tribune.

My book collection about gardening and related subjects seems to grow faster than my gardens do. My preference, for the most part, is for works published 50 to 70 years ago, when no one used the word organic to describe growing flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. There was no need to add the adjective organic because it was the only way to grow.

Native Plants

There are two projects happening here in Campbellton that have me turning to the subject of native plants. When we are discussing native pl...