Locally Grown

This summer has been going by so quickly. We have had a beautiful mix of sun and rain. I have hardly had to water my vegetable garden and my green house is flourishing. As I watch my garden grow and the tender care it takes, I think of my children and the tender care they need to grow. I recently read a post about how Kindergarten means “garden of children” and how flowers are much like young children. Watching flowers grow, “they grow at different rates, have their own agenda, fight for the sun, take a backseat to other flowers..some are strong, some are weak”  they are all unique in their own way. Flowers are definitely like young children and watching both flowers and veggies grow in my garden is such a perfect metaphor to how children grow. As I garden and think about all the care and attention it needs, it reminds me of how our children also need that care and attention DAILY! (but that could be another post all in of itself)

My journey to vegetable gardening started from the joy of visiting farmers markets when I lived in BC. I always knew I wanted a garden of my own to grow my own fresh produce. Then when I moved up north, I had the chance to do gardening with my mother-in-law. For my first few northern summers she showed me the ins and outs of gardening. Her garden was very successful and it was such a treasure learn this skill from her. My grandma also had vegetable gardens in the north since the 1960’s, so YES northern gardening is possible and I couldn’t wait to start one of my own!

I started my own garden when we bought our home in 2012. Before we even moved in, I planted flowers right away. I was so excited to have my own flower beds and to make this house our home!

Gardening 2014

I didn’t start veggie gardening until 2014 when we did some backyard construction and removed an old tarp shed.

Shed Removal May 2014

Once we removed the shed, the soil was so rich underneath so that is where we decided to build our raised garden beds.

Building Raised Garden Beds

Here is our first vegetable garden, and I was so pleased with the results. Especially since I actually got zucchini to grow up here. These plants were not started from seed, I cheated and got them as a set from the local garden center.

Planting Our First Garden

Watching it Grow..

July 20 2014

Harvest Time!

Gardening 2017

By 2017 I had my little garden helper! We continued to used the raised beds and we made a structure with pipes to go over one of the beds to create a greenhouse effect. It was such a joy to slowly grow and adapt our garden to this space. I love being able to share this joy with my kids and teach them to grow their own food.

Me and Garden Helper 2017

Gardening 2018

The next year we got a full greenhouse, I wanted to extend the growing season up here. It seems over time with the weather changing, it has gotten harder and harder to grow veggies. I also tried my hand at square foot gardening, I separated the 6×6 beds into sections with twine and planted accordingly. (print out link) I researched companion plants and started most of my plants from seed, specifically zucchini, cucumbers and squash.

Despite the extra work, it was so rewarding to be able to grow these plants from seed in preparation for the green house. Best of all was being able to harvest the veggies together! My little loves were getting bigger and when it came to gardening, watering and picking the veggies, they were such great little helpers! Overall, 2018 was a fun year of trying new things.

The rest of the veggies were pretty tiny that year, but I was so excited the greenhouse worked out and I got some nice sized zucchinis and cucumbers too!

At the end of the season in 2018, we decided to remove the raised garden beds. The wood was breaking down on the raised beds and the soil was ready to be replenished so we just went for it and started with a clean slate. It was fun using our UTV for the work.

Gardening 2020

I decided not to plant in 2019, so I couldn’t wait to plant this year and get my garden going again. Gardening is such a joy for me! There is so much more to share about my journey gardening this year. We have continued to make more improvements and I am always learning new things. Stay tuned for that post, more to come!

Greenhouse 2020

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Whit

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Kindergarten Means “Garden of Children”

This is a post written by another blogger and it just captivated my heart so I wanted to share it!

As my little guy approaches entering into Kindergarten I am caught between excitement and sorrow. It’s tough to work through but I look back and see how fast those 5 years flew by and my heart aches, but I’m excited because he is moving onto the next stage, the next season and I know he will do great! The comparison of children to flowers in this article warms my heart and gives me peace in the crux of my mixed emotions.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I look forward to sharing more on this topic! Gardening is on my heart a lot lately!!

-Whit

My garden is a new venture every year.  We bought an older home with an established flower garden in 2002.  When summer arrived I couldn’t wait to …

Kindergarten Means “Garden of Children”

Creative Memories Crop: Locally Grown

I am so excited to share that there is a Virtual Summer Crop happening today with Creative Memories. It is exciting because usually crops only happen in the Spring and Fall, but this year they are having one in the Summer! Yay!

The crop starts TODAY, July. 10th at 1:00 pm, so if you didn’t know about it but want to join in, its not too late!

How to Join

Go to Creative Memories Facebook Group to join, this is where they will post all of the challenges and where you can post your completed layouts. To see the schedule for this weekend you can go to the announcements at the top of the group.

The best thing about these virtual crops is that you can do it from the comfort of your home, AND you don’t have to complete the challenges immediately as they are posted, you have until Sunday, July.12th by 11:59pm Central Time to complete the challenges. If you only manage to complete a couple THAT’S OK! Whatever you complete will give you an entry into the draw for a prize for that challenge.

How to Participate

  1. Join the #CM Facebook Group
  2. Review the Virtual Crop 411 instructions
  3. Gather all of the Creative Memories Supplies (stickers/paper) that you have to complete the layouts (see below)
  4. Start working on the challenges as they are posted in the FB group
  5. Complete the challenges by Sunday July. 12th, 11:59 pm CST
  6. Wait for prizes to be rewarded to see if you won!

*If you are having a hard time finding the group or joining, Contact Me and I can send you an invite!

Creative Memories Supplies

In order to participate you must use Creative Memories products for each layout. In the group it says to use predominantly #CM supplies. If you don’t have any you can still complete the challenges using the layouts as inspiration, however you will not be eligible to submit for a prize.

If your interested in purchasing some supplies for the next crop (in August) or for personal use, you can visit Janet Laybolt’s Website to order! You can also contact her directly, she is our local consultant here in the North. She also conducts local crops as well and is hoping to do one this fall as long as the restrictions allow it. Stay tuned for that information coming in September. If you’d like to join the local Scrapbook Group on Facebook, that is where you can find inspiration, deals and more from two local consultants.

To read more on my personal experience with local crops, and for more information on what crops are and how they work, check out this post:

Virtual Crop 2020

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My Submission for a challenge in the April 2020 Virtual Crop

For the Virtual Crop happening today, I plan to work on some garden pages using the Locally Grown Paper Pack, and Locally Grown Stickers. This set features Veggies and Fruit in beautiful patterns which will work perfectly for all of my veggie garden pictures! An added bonus, if you like this set its ON SALE right now, and there are other garden paper packs too!

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Creative Memories Locally Grown Paper Pack

In my garden, I have experimented with raised beds, square foot gardening and green house gardening. I am so excited to scrapbook these photos and display how my kids have gotten involved in my passion for gardening! One of their favourite things to do in the garden is to water the plants.

I hope to share more on my garden experiences in the future. Northern gardening is a whole new way of gardening but I am happy to say I have found success with it! Stay tuned for that story!

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Best of luck with the crop this weekend! I hope you can get your creative juices flowing and have found some inspiration here to get started! If you have any questions please Contact Me, I’d love to chat!

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-Whit

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