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RagazzaRaffinata in Vancouver Island is doing 16 things including…

patio-garden 2012

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The peas were done, turning yellow and dying off so I pulled them up. I got a huge crop from them this year, really enjoyed it and I still have a container full of peas waiting in my fridge. Bought a dozen lettuce plants from the funny, old man who runs the little market across the street. 6 buttercrisp and 6 arugula, they look nice and happy.


Yesterday I moved the pots around so they are all together on the far wall and I can see them from the window. They look nice. I bought a few more flowers to brighten the place up and hopefully attract more bees, I haven’t seen any for a while. I bought a little scrubber brush so I can scrub down the tiles, they have gotten dirty from the run off when I water the pots. And there is a mini zucchini and mini cucumber growing. Haha they are so small, it’s kinda pathetic, but still, it’s fun to watch them develop. I can’t wait until I live in a place with a real spot of land for a garden, not pots. I was about to pull up the snow peas because I thought they were done and wanted to plant a new succession but I noticed some of them have new flower buds coming.


Update- The peas are flowering and everywhere I look pods are appearing. The raspberries are turning red and there are lots more than last year, there are also new shoots coming up. The blueberry plant only has 4 blueberries on it, but that’s okay, it was a new addition this year so I’m sure it needs more time to establish itself. The strawberries that I thought had died are sprouting new leaves and a few of the squashes are looking good, although they have no flowers yet. I used some of the fresh herbs (sage and oregano) in my pasta sauce last night, awesome!

On the other hand, the tomato seedling I planted in April are completely stunted. It’s like they got the secondary leaves and then just stopped growing. I am not sure why, maybe it’s the soil (wrong nutrients or lack of)but I’m thinking maybe I should have kept them inside longer. We have had weird weather this year, very cold and lots of rain, just not ideal. Anyways the pomodori are back inside by the window and they look a little happier. Another thing, I have been totally unsuccessful at growing lettuce this year. The seeds that I’ve planted just aren’t thriving at all. Maybe this is because of weather too. I dunno.


I got a blueberry bush! And it is blooming so hoping to get some fat blueberries later this summer. I also bought 4 baby cucumber plants and 2 more squash plants. Everything is planted and I don’t have any more room in my pots, so NO MORE PLANT PURCHASES ALLOWED!


My patio garden is looking pretty awesome! So much better than last year.
I have three 1 ft tall tomatoes (2 store bought and 1 from my BF’s dad) and 9 tomatoes growing from seed and just started their secondary leaves. I have a pot full of radishes grown from seed. Two pots of carrots grown from seed. A row of lettuce grown from seed. And a row of snap peas grown from seed about 3 inches tall, I need to get some sort of lattice for them to climb up soon. I have 3 squash plants, no idea how those will turn out being in a pot but I wanted to try. I bought 3 new herbs: thyme, oregano, and mint. My sage from last year is blooming some beautiful purple flowers and rosemary is doing well too. The raspberries are flowering pretty good, but I noticed a couple days ago that they have some nasty pest eating holes in the foliage. I trimmed off the affected leaves, hopefully that will help. I remember this happened last year too but I didn’t pay much attention to it at the time. I’ll keep an eye on it this year. I also set up a mini greenhouse with multiple shelves. There is nothing in it at the moment but would be useful for some seeds starting off.


On Saturday (April 14th) I planted some seeds. 6 tomato, two rows of radish and 2 rows of carrot. All are untreated, non-GMO from within the province. Right now they are still inside & so far only the radish are popping up, but I am excited.

The last week I have wanted so badly to have my hands in dirt planting things. Ahh spring…


My garden consists for 19 ceramic pots of various sizes, shapes, and colours. I wish I had some real ground to plant in, but this is all I have for now. And unfortunately I don’t get a ton of direct sunlight either. Anyways, the pots are all cleaned up and ready for planting. I am going to wait another couple weeks though, the weather isn’t quite warm enough yet and the rain & wind have been pretty harsh lately. I have some carrot, radish, and tomato seeds to start. I think I may start half of them indoors and half outdoors and see how they do.

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