Garden, on a Tuesday

I will admit to sometimes being quite grumpy about allergies. The congestion and headaches and sneezing erode any goodwill I have towards nature. But when I see how big and beautiful the garden gets after a few days of rain, I can put aside my bitterness about the itchy eyes for a while.

So. Many. Tomatoes.

Checked on the garden this morning. I am so ready for these. (Now I smell like lemon verbena, yum). #TeamMcNieceGardens #garden #yyj #VictoriaBC #greenthumb #pnw #heresmyfood #homegrown

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It’s early August, and I’m already fearing the tomato harvest. I have a feeling everything will ripen at once and I will be scrambling to freeze and preserve as fast as I can. Not that I really want to complain – the reason I dedicated half my garden to tomatoes this year is how delicious they are when picked perfectly ripe. I only hope I can keep up in eating them. Yum.

Thoughts on a Thursday



I made a lazy paella for dinner for the first time. (Lazy mostly because I had most of the ingredients, and read most of the instructions.) I only had prawns, but next time I want to try it with chorizo and maybe mussels. Yummm. I took one blurry photo, but it’s not very nice looking, so have a look at some cell phone photos of my garden instead.

Those gloriously huge leaves belong to a spaghetti squash. I know a container isn’t ideal, but it’s larger than it looks; the leaves are just that big. I’ve never grown squash before, so much like everything I do in the garden it’s an experiment. The campanula below didn’t bloom at all last year. This spring it was looking very green so I put it in it’s own large container and it gave me flowers finally! I love the little bell shapes. I wish I could put everything in a proper bed, but until we own our own place things will have to live in containers. I will take what garden I can get!