Happy new year!
Only one more week of enduring Ottawa’s freezing temperatures until I’ll be on a much needed break in Victoria! On the top of my list is a trip to the Victoria Public Market, something I’ve been excited about since the plan to create a market in the Hudson building was announced last year. The market looks amazing and it’s only a few blocks from my house. I’m especially looking forward to visiting Cowichan Bay Seafood; the Victoria Pie Company, and La Cocina de mama Oli.
In the spirit of New Year’s, I’ve created a list of things I need to / would like to get done this year:
- Paint the house and garage.
- Put a new roof on the garage.
- Build a small shed to store firewood.
- Turn the attic into a beautiful, livable space and install a washroom.
- Rebuild our compost bins.
- Prune the apple trees, the pear tree, and the fig tree.
- Do something about the kiwi vines that are taking over the Southeast corner of the property.
The garden today:
This photo is a reminder of some of the things that need to be done this year:
- Get rid of scrap wood
- Replace the garage roof
- Prune the kiwis
- Fix up the greenhouse
- Get the weeds under control
We also need to repaint the garage, but that’ll be a job for next summer!
I live in Quebec and only make it back to BC a few times a year, so I’m doing what I can to keep the garden in order and the weeds at bay — not an easy task. I’ll be in Victoria for a week in April and I’ve got a few things on my to-do list:
- Eradicate as much lemon balm as possible. I did my best to weed it out last July, but I know it’ll be back.
- Find a temporary solution for keeping our brick pathways weed-free. I’m thinking landscape fabric could be an easy (but ugly) solution.
- Prune raspberry canes.
- Clean out our old chicken coop.
- Give away or recycle some of the weathered wood that’s cluttering up the driveway. Any takers? We have everything from 2 x 4’s to telephone poles.