Bad backs and walks around the gardens.

So, I’ve been a bit quiet this week. I’ve unfortunately thrown my back out and have been trying to deal with our everyday routine while walking at a 45 degree angle. Needless to say that carrying around a 23 lbs wiggly weight is not an easy way to get a back healthy again.

But I’ve been doing better slowly and I thought I would show you a bit of what has been happening on our little plot.

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The crabapple blooms are happy and healthy. We regularly have multiple bumblebees jumping from flower to flower, doing their best so we can harvest these sour little beauties for making jellies and jams.

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Our beans are up and growing great! We have 2 types of heirloom beans growing this year. The rows you see here are Ireland Creek Annie beans, an endangered heirloom variety that we are helping save by saving and sharing seeds every year. We also have (not shown in this picture) a double row of Sunset Runner beans which are by far the loveliest beans I’ve seen. The beans itself is dark brown (almost black) with orange tiger like stripes. Next to the beans, we have are usual crop of Ethiopian lentils. We unfortunately can never really produce much. They are small pods with only 3 or 4 lentils per pod, but the beautiful deep lavender flowers attract so many pollinating insects that we add them to our garden every year.  We are usually able to collect about 2 cups of lentils and we save a handful for the next year and we’ll keep the rest for special occasions.

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We’ve been having the most frustrating weather this week. It’s been climbing into the 20s (‘C) during the day but dropping down to freezing at night. So our tomatoes have been needing  cover. We’ve been lucky. Out of 32 plants we’ve only lost 2. Are squashes have not been so lucky. We’ve lost 4 of our 8 plants. Looks like a trip to the farmer’s market for more plants is in the plans for this week-end!

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Our radishes on the other hand have been LOVING the cold. In the last 3 days they have doubled in size. We are excitingly watching for the first little jewels to be ready to eat!

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Our potatoes have exploded! We will have to add some soil and add a level to the cages in the next few days.

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I have happily convinced my mowing loving hubby to let part of our yard grow wild. We have a very acidic soil in which grass doesn’t grow very well. But wild flowers and wild strawberry plants are thriving and I would like to see them take over. So we have a deal : He can mow the front yard and around the house, but the rest is mine and the kids to run through and play. 🙂

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Finally, I started many medicinal herbs from seed this year. Some are very slow growing (like agastache, lemon balm, purple coneflower and verbana) but others have simply exploded. Especially the chamomile and the calendula.

This week-end, the pepper plants, sunflower seeds and annual herbs are going into the ground. And that will be it for this year until late summer/early fall planting of greens to harvest until late fall. We’ve over-extended ourselves before and have decided to show a little more restraint this year and do it right. As we add garden beds over the next few years, we will increase our yield. But for now, we are still learning and choose to move slowly but surely.

Hoping all of you are having a wonderful week, I wish you a very peaceful day.

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About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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23 Responses to Bad backs and walks around the gardens.

  1. Tanya says:

    I hope your back feels better soon. Your garden is looking great. And you are growing things I’ve never heard of which is very interesting to me. I can’t wait to see how your beans and lentils do.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you! We love growing weird stuff. You should see this one squash we grow every year : Looks like big toads covered with warts, but the flesh is 10 X sweeter than pumpkin. Just yummy.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Kristin says:

    What a beautiful garden! I don’t blame you on the wild lawn. I’d like that too

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  3. Loving your garden ideas my friend – Think I might be stealing them.
    Feel better soon. Bizou xox

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  4. Beautiful garden! A sore back is never fun 😦 resting the area will help to bring the inflammation down and take pressure off the nerves, which I know isn’t easy with a growing and active family! Castor oil and a heat pack can do wonders for loosening it up and reducing the pain 🙂 hope you feel better soon!

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  5. Oh no, so sorry about your back. I do hope it is feeling better soon. My hubby has chronic back issues, not fun at all.

    On the bright side, your garden looks great. So much magic happening 🙂 Enjoy it all.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you… my back is being weird, the pain is migrating… I know it will get better, I just may need to take it easy this week-end.

      Thank you for the sweet words, I’m pretty happy with our garden this year. Even if half of it has been taken over by oxalis. *sighs* At least its pretty ground cover. 🙂

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  6. mountaingmom says:

    Your gardens are lovely. I hope your back continues to improve quickly.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you so much… I just need to get to the week-end. Once my hubby is home to carry Little Man around, I will finally be able to rest.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. trkingmomoe says:

    Your garden looks very nice. I see you use raised beds. We have to too. I hope your back gets better soon.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you… yes, we have very sandy soil so the raised beds are a must. We are planning on moving an rebuilding them next year. We weren’t very informed when we put them down the first time.

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  8. cporzio says:

    so much greenery, how lucky!

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  9. sally says:

    Your garden is looking gorgeous, hope your back feels better soon.

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  10. Finally the season to grow things! I saw my first tulip this morning. And this weekend is supposed to be warm enough to plant the garden. Spring in Atlantic Canada is so cold, but we are getting there. Thank you for sharing your photos and enthusiasm! 🙂

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank YOU for stopping by! Yeah, spring in Quebec is pretty cold as well. But we are suppose to get some warm weather as well so here’s to hoping it will start to feel like summer soon!

      Have a wonderful week-end!

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  11. remmus26 says:

    Love those potatoes!! They seem daunting to plant, but maybe next year I will try it. Love getting a peak at your lovely garden!!

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