Spill the Beans: Going to the dogs

When you move to the country, you need a dog. You need a dog to let you know that there might be something lurking in the bushes down by the creek, which they had better investigate. You need a dog to keep the deer out of the garden and the raccoons out of the garage. You need a dog to alert you that a strange vehicle is on the yard. You need a dog to keep you company when you’re working in the garden all day, so you don’t appear to be talking to yourself. Read More

Spill the Beans: Howdy neighbour!

Last weekend, our neighbours asked us to chore their animals while they were away. This is another thing that neighbours do. We’ll be away this summer and we’ll need someone to check up on, feed and water our chickens. And likely, it will be one of our neighbours either repaying a favour or hoping that we’ll help them out somewhere down the road. Read More

Spill the Beans: The greenhouse is a dangerous place

So I was just going to “pop” in to the other greenhouse, that’s sort of on my way home from work. And this is how it goes. There’s something about all of those lovely green plants and cases full of seeds that I just can’t resist. All of that growing potential to feed SO. MANY. PEOPLE. Read More

Spill the Beans: Growing up so fast

As you may remember, just over two weeks ago, I got chicks. And they were adorable. But you would NOT BELIEVE how fast these birds have grown. Like, I would check them before I went to bed and then first thing in the morning, I would swear they had doubled in size. So as you can imagine and as you can see from the photo below, they are rapidly outgrowing my bathtub. Read More

Spill the Beans: Let the harvest begin

Tiny, greenish-yellow bulbs appeared in two places in the garden. And sure enough, about a month later, instead of one rhubarb plant, just where I planted it, I had two rhubarb plants growing rogue in the garden. And you will soon learn that I am all about the rogue plants, tenacious enough to survive the winter and come up in the spring; be it tender perennial herbs that have no business coming back, lettuce and tomatoes that have self-seeded the previous fall or rhubarb plants that get tilled into the ground and redistributed by some well-meaning farmer. Read More