Sunday Scenes: Garden Toes

I’ve spent the weekend with my toes covered in soil, my face in the sun, and a tummy full of grilled meals. It’s been spectacular and totally unplanned.

We kicked off the weekend with a Summer feast of grilled baby back ribs, corn on the cob and steamed veggies.As I dug my teeth into the cob, I figured it had been about 5 years since I’d corn on the cob last. 5 years! It was such a treat, didn’t even need any butter/coconut oil.

After our dinner, we headed into the city for a movie and a walk through the mall.

Of course no trip to the city would be complete without stopping at the grocery store on the way home. On Friday nights, Superstore puts out all the older fruits and vegetables on the 50% off rack to make room for Saturdays fresh produce. You better believe I hit up that rack every week. It’s usually packed with organic bananas, peppers, cauliflower, strawberries, bakery breads and, if I’m lucky, apples. I just wash, cut and freeze them all on cookie sheets and pack them in freezer bags for smoothies, pasta sauces, and salads.

I majorly scored with this last trip. There were 6 bags of organic bananas that were so mushy they couldn’t even be cut up for smoothies. I put the whole bananas in the freezer and plan to make a couple batches of grain-free banana bread for Kevin today, possibly try my hand at vegan, gluten-free banana bread… but we’ll see how that goes.

We woke up on Saturday morning to a blustery, cold day. The sky was grey and the wind was quite chilling. Instead of heading outside for a run as I usually do on Saturdays, we cuddled up on the couch and made a batch of banana bread upside down pancakes for second breakfast.

With the weather being like it was, we decided to get on our sweat pants and head out into the backyard to care for our garden. It’s rare that I have the time to help Kevin with the yard, so it was really nice to be able to push around the wheelbarrow, get my hands dirty and have spiders crawling into my sandals (ick!)

  • The lights on the house were switched out – the ones we bought with the house are atrocious. We’d purchased new ones over a year ago, but never got around to it.
  • We planned to replace the mulch on the side of the house with gravel – so much easier to take care of.
  • We removed the grass from under the deck and replace with gravel – we added an extension to our deck right before the winter last year which meant building over grass.
  • The trough (only word for it, really) was filled with lawn soil and reseeded – the trough developed as a result of the conduit we ran to the backyard for the lights.

And… I got to plan my very first vegetable garden! I did very little research before deciding to do this. We found 2×2 cedar planters at Home Depot that I’ll make into two garden beds and try my hand at growing organic, non-GMO arugula and cilantro in one, and colorful beets and garden carrots in the other. I found the organic, Non-GMO seeds and organic planting mix and home depot, but linked up to the amazon products if you’re interested. The planting mix was downright robbery, but I’ve been told that it’s great stuff so I’ll suck up the fact that the Canadian price was $19 a bag… for now.

We’ll see how it works. If it’s successful, I’ll share the process. If it’s a bust, you’ll never hear of this project again.

We ended up spending 7 hours working on the garden so decided to make a big dinner of sausages (for Kevin) and salad (for me) with apple bowls for dessert and park our sore muscles on the couch for the evening.

Have you spent time in your yard this weekend?

What sort of house projects do you have on the go right now?

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  1. All of you lovely first time gardeners don’t get discouraged!!! I have been planting my veggie garden for 9 years now and I have YET to produce a cuke crop (but I still plant them and hold out hope every year). Leanne, don’t worry about planting your beets or anything else too close together, just pull out a few of them once they germinate and you’ll be fine :) :) I started asparagus in mine last year, they came up again this year so I think in the next couple years I ‘ll be getting some of my own springtime asparagus Woop Woop!!! Love fresh garden veggies LOVE ‘EM!!! For those of you also who may be a bit short on space in your yards google Earth Boxes….they are very cool and a great investment if you love fresh garden produce :)

    • Thanks for the encouragement, JT! I guess I’ve just thought gardening to be so difficult. I didn’t look into it much before planting everything, just kinda went for it. Glad to know I can fix the spacing issue once everything comes in. Your asparagus sounds lovely. Checking out this Earth Box thing you speak of. Even the name sounds cool!

    • That’s a great goal. I think I’ll go for that as well. I didn’t realize I needed to put the beet seeds 4-inches apart… so we’ll see what happens :S What did you choose to plant?

      • And I didn’t realize I won’t be eating these things (if I’m lucky) until the very end of the summer. Patience is a virtue I’m learning. I planted lettuce, green beans, cantaloupe, beets, cilantro, basil, and mint. Oh and big sunflowers! I figured I’d plant a ton and hope that something works out!

        • Wow, how big is your garden? Jeez! You’re bound to have something work with everything you planted. Cantaloupe just sounds hard to do. I guess it’s easier with a warmer climate. Pretty sure they’d freeze to death up here. Can’t wait to hear how it goes… in a couple months.

  2. I don’t have a yard. Urban living, yard-less. This is the time of year a backyard with a grill, a garden, and just the summer would be amazing. Your weekend sounds perfect & happy for you!

  3. Sounds like a super weekend! And I adore your new website layout/look. Very cheerful, clean, and colourful!

    • That’s the worst! I’m still missing my pretty white pots from the move we made 2 years ago. I don’t think I’ll ever find them. Hope you were able to get some gardening in!

  4. Looks like such a fun weekend you guys are spending together so far! And yes, I’ve spent so much time in the yard/garden this weekend, and that’s not the end of it. Much more to do today! Better get to it! :)

    • & sorry to bring it up again, but I see another [different] ad promoting high fructose corn syrup on the sidebar.. thought you’d like to know!

      • Hi Andrea – thanks for letting me know! I did a bit of research into it and it looks like it’s being served by one of my author networks meaning it’s really, really hard to switch… but I’m working on it! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention.

      • Hi Andrea – just wanted to let you know… the corn syrup ads are down, yay!! Thanks for pointing them out to me. They were only being displayed to readers from the US, so I never saw them!

        • You’re welcome – that’s great that you got it taken care of! I just didn’t think they really fit with the feel of your blog! Have a beautiful day :)

  5. Looks like a great Saturday(blustery and all!)…we have moved and have no real yard to speak of, but i did rent a greenhouse and outdoor plot this year(Community gardening). I have broccoli, spinach and arugala coming up and waiting for the beets, beans, kale, and squash to come up. Indoor planted some basil, parsley and green peppers and more tomatoes(cause you can never get enough sun-warmed fresh picked tomatoes(love!!!). Enjoy your Sunday.

    • Wow, your greenhouse sounds amazing, Robyn! Maybe I’ll try my hand at peppers next year… they intimidate me for some odd reason!

  6. My boyfriend and I have been working on our tomato garden this weekend. We need to work on our kitchen floor and getting the garage organized!

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