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….