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January visit to Victoria BC


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.

Peaches on the tree

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
― Alice Walker


Tastes like Spring…

ImageIsn’t the first asparagus spear of the year always the sweetest? I took this photo when I was in Victoria in April. I wonder what surprises the garden will have for me when I return in July — I’m hoping for buckets of raspberries and some nice, ripe figs.

Somewhere under these weeds is a garden…

The garden today:

ImageYou can’t tell by looking, but in among the weeds are established potato and asparagus beds.

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!

Keeping the weeds at bay: Long-distance gardening


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.
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