February 22, 2010

A Small Problem...in the Grand Scheme of Life

If you take a peak at my sidebar, I have a little problem.  I am my own follower!  What a dork!  I have no idea how I managed that and have no idea how to stop it.  Anyone?

Must be because Spring is in the air.!

February 12, 2010

Atwater Market - Fertilizer Friday

I am working with very scant means today.  My laptop is in the “hospital” for a few days so I am using the photos that I have on my old desktop.  Not a very co-operative creature.    C’est la vie. 

I did discover some pictures that I took last year while visiting Montreal (aka:  Home Sweet Home) just before planting season.  It was kind of a treat to revisit these pictures.  I hope you think so too.

This is the entrance to the Atwater Market.  It is a stone’s throw from downtown Montreal.  It opened in 1933.  Were it not such a landmark, it would not occupy such a prime piece of real estate.
BuildingBeautiful art deco building

 Laneway 2 
With row after row of farm stalls.  Farmers from surrounding areas set up shop for the warmer months (April to November’ish)
Serres Riel
Angel Jardins

All filled with gorgeous plants.  An absolute riot of colour.
Dahlia 1
Dahlia 2
Dahlia 3

This is the outdoor corridor that runs between the outdoor farmer stalls and the indoor market.
The indoor corridor has markets with fabulous foods.   Boulangerie (bread), charcuterie (meats),  fromagerie (cheese), poisonnerie (fish), and the outdoor cremerie (ice cream & sorbet) etc.

Pink flower 

It is a wonderful place to visit, particularly after a long winter. 

I am linking up and getting in the Spring groove with Ms. Tootsie and Fertilizer Friday.    Please visit, it will lift your gardening soul.


February 5, 2010

Sunny Days Ahead – Fertilizer Friday

I don’t know if it’s just me or not but when October ends, my mind seems to shut off from thoughts of gardening.  Not to give it much more thought until January is behind us.  

Then like a bear coming out of hibernation my thoughts slowly turn to seeds ‘n soil.    What will I grow this year?  There are always the tried and true.  Things I plant every year.   But I like to play around too.  You know, experiment.  Thus the name of this blog.

In recent years I have concentrated on food gardening.    Last year some of the experiments were……..


Even if you despise peas, try these.  I never even bothered to cook them.  Popped them straight out of the pods. 



Snake gourds

to name a few.  

Oh, and one last one.  Dill’s Atlantic Giant Pumpkin.  You know, the ones that they grow for competitions?  They weight hundreds and sometimes over a thousand pounds.  I grew one.


It weighed about 15 pounds.  Haha!  That worked well!

It’s time for me to hunker down with the seed catalogs.  What are your plans for this year?  Any experiments?

I am joining Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday because if anyone can inspire, Tootsie would be your gal.