Who says romance is dead?!

The world’s best husband has made me a raised garden bed!  It doesn’t get any better than that, baby!

So after recovering from a hard winter (by West Coast standards anyway!) we have had a cool spring.  The word on the street is that gardens everywhere are at least a month behind schedule-and a full two months from last year (who can forget our snow-less winter Olympics?!).  So it’s been a long time coming, but it looks like we’re ready to go; if only we can get the weather to cooperate.

Having just moved, I am, again, starting a new garden from scratch.   And just like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.  The key to a good garden is of course sunshine; ideally 6-8 hours per day.  The bed, whether raised or in ground, needs to have good drainage and a pH anywhere from 5.5 to 7.5.  Soil here on the West Coast tends to be quite acidic; adding dolomite lime will help raise the pH and is especially important in container gardening.

So we’ve used the wonderful naturally rot resistant West Coast cedar; 8’x8‘x12” and filled it with almost two yards of premium garden fill (25% sand 50% composted bark mulch and 25% compost) from Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre.  The plan is to add two bags of the fabulous organic amendment SeaSoil and get planting-we’ll see when that happens!

Now if only I can get that damn dog to stop playing in it!!!

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8 Responses to Who says romance is dead?!

  1. Lynn says:

    This new blog is very useful and informative. I especially like your references to different materials (as hadn’t heard of dolomite lime before) and places to get various products that are useful. A raised bed will be very beneficial – you may even have to put some fencing around it. If you do, let me know what is doggie proof! They seem to know when areas are out of bounds and make it a challenge to get in. But we do love our dogs! Look forward to regularly reading and learning from this site.
    One question to start with, what vegetables grow well in a garden which is mostly shaded by trees. Our garden used to produce very well but not as productive now.
    Thank you. Lynn

  2. Karen Sainas says:

    Yes!! I love hearing that people have an Urban Organic Garden! I never did get a chance to plant one on Paisley due to open back surgery. I planted one last year and grew tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, green beans. Im switching things up this year and moving my tomatoes to the hot pocket of my back yard. I can’t wait for garden time! I will try growing Kale this year! Yumyum:). Thanks for connecting us Urban gardeners Suzanne:). ~ Karen

    • Hey Karen-great to hear from you! Kale is such a great choice; super healthy. Now is actually a great time to grow Kale as it prefers the cooler weather of early spring and late summer. In fact, it gets sweeter after the first frost and can continue to produce throughout the winter! And the more you use, the more it grows.
      Please keep us updated as to how your garden is coming along-would love to hear from you again.
      Suzanne

  3. Ann Thakkar says:

    So happy to be included in this Suzanne. Thanks for thinking of me. I love gardens, but I am not much of a garden…just a pretender. But I want to change that and I have been secretly scheming about how I am going to transform my backyard all winter (which may never end in Calgary at the rate we are going!) So that said, I am grateful to learn as much as you are willing to offer me! Love this idea!!
    Nice to hear from you too!

    • Hi Ann-great to hear from you! You should totally go for it-and raised beds are a great option to extend your growing season as they warm up quicker, retain their heat better and are easier to cover if you happen to get some late frost.
      Love to hear back from you when you know your plans!
      Suzanne

  4. Lindsie says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I have been thinking about planting a vegetable garden in our back yard “patch”… but I have questions… and not a lot of time to research them… like… how many months of the year do you need to have 6-8 hours of sun on the garden patch? From May to Sept? or just high summer? My back yard gets some shade from our house.

    Also, what is the easiest thing to grow that I can harvest “a lot of” at one time? I tried green beans one year and they were great… looking for other ideas. Broccoli was a dud.

    Finally, I read in my new Bishops cookbook that you can plant certain vegetables together to enhance their growth potential and flavour. There is a technical term, which I have forgotten, but any advice on that would be amazing…

    excited to follow your blog!

    • Hey Lindsie-thanks for your comment!
      So the term you are thinking of to describe symbiotic planting is most often referred to as companion planting. So that would include garlic & roses, tomatoes & basil, beans with just about anything (they’re a nitrogen fixer) and marigolds/nasturtiums also with just about anything. The opposite can also hold true-don’t plant tomatoes and potatoes together; neither will thrive.
      6-8 hours of sun would of course be ideal, but most of us on the North Shore are not that lucky. I wouldn’t plant in complete shade, but if you have even partial shade, many spring vegetables will enjoy the slightly cooler temperature and thrive; kale and many of the lettuces are perfect examples. They can’t be planted in the heat of summer as they will bolt (grow upwards and go to seed).
      Hope this helps! I’ll post what I end up planting to give you some more ideas-have fun!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Is that green grass I see? I am from Calgary and right now, in the middle of April, there is 4 inches of snow on the ground. I would love to start a garden but the growing season here is so short. My biggest problem is keeping the squirrels from digging up my flowers. I tried putting cayenne pepper around the soil and that seemed to work for a while. I am excited to see your garden grow and will garden vicariously through your blog.

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