a quick garden update

I haven’t been updating much on the garden, but it’s going really well this year! Lots of tomatoes and basil. After the squirrel heartbreak of the last couple summers, we didn’t plant any zucchini or cucumbers for them to munch on and it seems to be working! I guess they’re not interested in anything else.

Tomato varieties this year are: Black Prince, Sungold, Ivory Pear, Black Cherry, Matt’s Wild Cherry.

black-prince-tomato

sungold-plant

cherry-tomatoes

ivory-pear-tomato

May zoomed by

Now that I feel like I *might* have a bit of breathing room on my current deadline projects, a quick catch-up!

I have a couple of patterns in the new June issue of I Like Knitting. I don’t think they’re on Ravelry yet though:

dad's dress socks

Dad’s Dress Socks are worked in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, one of my all-time favourite sock yarns, in Douglas Fir. They’re worked top down, with an easy staggered ridge pattern and heel flap and gusset.

maritime baby cardigan

Maritime Cardigan is a pretty adorable (if I do say so myself!) baby cardigan in sizes 3 months – 2 years. It’s worked from the top down, with panels of twisted stitch medallions down the back and fronts, short sleeves, and ribbed edgings. This one’s also knit in Lorna’s Laces, in the beautiful Shepherd Sport (colour Poppy).

We finally got out to the garden this weekend and planted out the tomatoes and herbs. Sorry for the overexposed photos, it’s way too hot (and unshaded!) to spend much time out on the deck in the morning!

tomatoes

Lots of tomatoes this year: 9 plants, mostly cherry types.

peas

The peas are doing pretty well, getting established – I wish there were most plants though, I ran out and I suspect that the squirrels may have gotten ahold of some of them.

berries

I bought this “framberry/pineberry/strawberry” pack at the grocery store and have high hopes for them! I’ve never grown berries before. We’ll see how they do in a container. Quite a few of the plants at the nursery had teeny tiny fruit – I tried to pick ones that had flowers, but not fruit yet.

herb-pot

We usually just grow basil in with all the tomatoes, but I wanted some different herbs this year as well. Mint, coriander, dill and basil in a container together. It’s okay with me if the mint takes over eventually!

lettuce

Lettuce that I planted a month or so ago (in COLD April) is definitely ready for some eating. The spread in the container came out a bit patchy, but I’m not sure whether I should plant more seeds since it’ll be so hot.

In knitting, I’ve had so many deadline projects that I can’t share yet, but these will be available soon!

threeshawls

Milkweed original and XL (uses 200g of fingering weight yarn), and a new shawlette in super pretty Mountain Colors Louisa: a cashmere/silk blend that’s OMG SO SOFT. Coming in June!

September Garden

The tomatoes are pretty much done, but I planted some more cucumbers and beans back at the beginning of August, and they’re actually doing really well! Beans are so easy and satisfying to grow.

beans-sm

I’m hoping this more sheltered space (close to the door) will make the cucumber less enticing to the squirrels – this variety is a ‘patio’ cucumber, which has smaller vines but is supposed to produce ‘masses of fruits’!

cucumber-sept-sm

Some eggplant is finally coming in – I’ve always found eggplant takes the ENTIRE summer to grow, and this year is no exception. We’ll probably only get a few.

eggplant-sm

Some lettuce mix is going a bit crazy. I’m terrible about thinning, but the jumble is just fine for harvesting a few handfuls of baby leaves at a time.
lettuce-sm

Over Labour Day weekend we headed up to Muskoka for a family wedding. The weather was sunny and hot, and the wedding itself was a lovely party! Unfortunately we both suffered from a severe case of cam-nesia and neglected to get any photos while all dressed up.

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Found a little friend on the strip of beach.

turtle

I had a lot of good knitting time in the car on this trip, but I’m still buried under mountains of deadline knitting! Looking ahead, the calendar is filling up fast and there’s only few short months before *you-know-what*.

What are you working on this weekend?