Friday, August 13, 2010

We are in Harrowsmith!

Shortly after we moved into our home our friends Glenn and Libby gave our name to the editor of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine as a potential feature.  Their straw-bale house had been recently featured in the magazine. Our house was still pretty rough those first years with no landscaping so we put off having them come out.  Finally, last year we felt the house was "finished' enough. The pics you see in the article were taken last August and some in September as it was rainy the day of the first shoot.  I am amazed at how much the plants have grown in the last year! It was exciting doing the photo shoot and lots of fun doing the interview with Tom Cruikshank.  Look for the August issue on newsstands this week. One of the features of our house that always gets a lot of attention did not make it into the pics in Harrowsmith - our tire weavings that grace the front and side of our garage.  The weavings are done with 40 ATV and bike tires taken from the landfill and assembled by Carolyn Butts of Bon Eco Designs in Tamworth, Ontario.  
Her website is

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Our Baskets are Overflowing!

It has been a great summer for growing veggies in Ontario.  Lots of heat with pretty consistent rain.  We have had dry spells and have certainly been watering more than last year but all in all the food yields have never been better.  It is a full time job keeping up with watering, weeding and harvesting.  Not a lot of time left for blogging! Here is the list of what we grew and are growing this year:
Lettuce - 4 varieties
Spinach - 2 varieties
Tomatoes - cherry, plum, regular
Green Peppers - jalepeno, green
Onions - red, cooking (200), green
Green Beans
Bok Choi
Butternut Squash
Spaghetti Squash
Potatoes (200 lbs)
Garlic (300 heads)
Sweet Potatoes

Whew!  No wonder I have no time for blogging!  We also have raspberries, black berries, grapes, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, blueberries, and rhubarb.  Oh and 8 fruit trees - we had our first peaches this year - 6 of them - very delicious.