Made you look. 😀 I decided that it is very hard to write a blog about moving (which is what we are doing), so I decided to do what the media does all the time… Give a wild headline that really has nothing to do with the story, in order suck you into the article. That being said, this is a photo I took up at Sun Peaks last Saturday. We took the back roads up to Sun Peaks on a side by side (UTV) ( essentially 30 KM or so, vs a 140 km trip on the highways) only problem….. the UTV is not licensed, so once we get to Sun Peaks we have to park it on the outskirts and walk in to town.
For those not from around here, Sun Peaks is a smaller, newer version of Whistler, BC
There was a tight rope walking event up there that was fascinating and also scenic with the black sky and ski hill in the background. Speaking of the black sky, it rained heavily on our way back down the mountain.
Back to moving….
As you can see we have almost filled up the first Sea Can. (8x20x8 feet)
However, just as important is to pack up all of the seed heads for the next garden.
This is the dill.
Over the years here, we have developed a “volunteer garden”. We encourage…. or just LET the plants go to seed, and attempt to provide a nourishing place for the wandering seeds to lay down roots.
Plants like Dill, or cilantro, or fennel, will produce seeds in the year you plant them, and then spread the seeds all over the place, so the next year you have all of these plants just growing on their own. I must say that they find the best place to grow much better than I would.
We always get a few tomato plants where the compost pile has been, and amazingly, they often catch up with the tomato plants I have been coddling along in my green house.
Other plants take 2 years to achieve this, and this is where they need a little help. Carrots, if kept alive over the winter will bloom in its second year. The flower is amazing and the bees totally love it. It produced a plethora of seeds and I find they do much better than the ones I grow from seed. I find if I cover a few carrots with mulch, they will survive to produce these seed heads.
Apparently beets would do the same, but I have never been successful at growing beets in the first place. Last year I discovered Parsley produced a beautiful plant in the second year that spreads seeds everywhere. Parsley had become a major “green” for us. Tabouli calls for a lot of parsley.
So the point of all of this information about seeds is that all of these seeds are part of packing and moving. We need to get all these seed heads moved and sprinkled around with the hopes that even on plant grows to carry on the “tradition”
Other exciting “plant” information is that we are on the wetter side of the shuswap, there are more cedars and definitely more mushrooms.
we are also along side the Mount Baldie trailhead, which we climbed a few days ago, in the pouring rain.
Somehow I feel so much closer to Oregon, despite we are only 10 minutes closer.
Today is international dog day, and this is my dog song……
Much love to all From Janet, Ken and Tucker….
7 thoughts on “A moving story…….”
thank you so much for your thoughts. I do like writing them, and now I have a bit more time,
so glad you write these great obsessions Janet…. I find myself cheering you on, learning things, being inspired, feeling overwhelmed at the immense job ahead with you, and laughing often at your insights…. it IS so hard to be a good dog! You’re a great example of enjoying the journey!
I guess at some point in life I realized that ken and I are a little bit different ……..and so thought some of the things we do might be interesting too others
You sucked me in but would have equally caught me with:
A Wild Move or How Best To Go To Seed.
The Art Of Tightroping While On The Move,
The Innards of a Sea Can,
It’s The Pits but We’re Happily Moving There!!!…
…or any such headline!
Really though, I read your articles no matter what your headline is because you are such a good writer and I enjoy your stories and adventures. I too have found that my volunteer plants from seed seem to sprout where they’re happiest (like my mint) and that often they don’t take as much coddling as the others. Blessings on all your adventures.
thank you so much amber, I have just figured out how to answer these messages, in fact I have just FOUND these messages… I have challenges with tech
I had two beet plants go to seed this year . They grew really tall, but a really disappointing flower, a thousand little green nubbins. Nothing for the bees. Except maybe pollen, but I never saw a bee on them, though there were a host of little insects flying around it and crawling on it.
it will be interesting to see if you get thousands of beet plants next year