Posts Tagged ‘Sunshine Coast B.C. garden’

When the plants flowered and started to wilt it was time to harvest.
The no hill method worked well, i didnt need to dig very much and the harvest was about 2 lbs per plant. Not great but not bad either.
Not a massive harvest, but very satisfying all the same. There was no evidence of wire worm damage, as was foretold by a worker at the nursery.
The potatoes are very flavourful, cook quickly and are beautiful to look at – at least, I think so.

There were almost as many nuggets as there were full sized specimens. I found a wonderful recipe for these. Quick, simple and delicious:


Scrub and then fully cook nugget potatoes in salted water. Do not overcook. Plunge in cold water when done to stop cooking. Halve each potato after cooking, not before.

Mix 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup dijon mustard in a bowl large enough to hold the potatoes. Add 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper to taste and whisk it into a creamy sauce. Sprinkle in some fresh thyme or rosemary if you have it.

Add cooled cooked potatoes to bowl, stir gently to coat and then cover and refridgerate until 1 hour before serving. Allow them to warm a bit at room temperature. When your meat comes off the grill to rest, have these ready to go right on!

To finish: Place them on a well sprayed hot grill, and do not turn until they are beginning to char. Turn each piece once only and grill quickly. Remove to a serving platter and watch them disappear.

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Our lives are distilled to two realms: Inside the cottage or outside to work on projects and go for walks. Its all so simple. No need to keep track of the date, no need to plan days and movements around social events or the numerous groups we each belong to. So we go out whenever weather permits, and when we are tired, cold or wet – back in. Some other things going in and out:

The old sheds and deck went out.
And loads of new lumber came in.
Piles of weeds and other green waste went out…
And a fresh load of clean crush came in to be spread about.
This pine tree, which was getting a bit big for its britches, came out…
And a new deep planter for growing potatoes went in.

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You may recall I dreamed of an espaliered Italian plum, but I was thwarted.  Having obtained a giant pot – courtesy of Cottager’s thoughtfulness – and a sufficiency of dirt and a day in which the rain promised to stop long enough to plant a tree, I went to the nursery to discover that they had no Italian plums. No espaliered trees whatsoever, in fact.

The arborist there told me that Italian plums don’t lend themselves to espaliering because they are ‘aggressive’ which I took to mean they grow big, fast, rather than that they are likely to attack.  What I wanted, she said, was a dwarf tree – of which they conveniently also had none.

And then she suggested the columnar Sentinel apple, which grows to a maximum of about 10 feet and which they did have available, in both golden and red varieties. 

When I learned that this apple wouldn’t spread its stubby little branches more than a foot or two in any direction, the need to have a two dimensional tree vanished like warm strudel. I didn’t fritter away another moment wondering if this apple tree idea was just pie-in-the-sky.  For $25 and a saucy smile, a Golden Sentinel was soon riding shotgun . . . er, be-cider me, in the Honda. 

I honestly had never heard of this apple variety, which bears a Golden Delicious-like fruit, plus all the accompanying foliage, close to the trunk instead of on branches.  That the tree is tall, lanky and essentially shapeless really adds to its beauty. If you are truly my friend, you will agree with this statement. Just nod.

So here is a picture of what my Golden girl – christened Gwyneth – will come to look like in time:


And here is what she looks like now, in her new home:

Gwyneth the Golden Sentinel apple twig (and companion blue lobelia)

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