After Cyclone Arthur – Weeding the Garden

We just finished up 3 days of heavy rain, which was the first since the post-tropical cyclone Arthur 10 days ago. The garden really needed watering and both the plants and weeds ka-boomed!

DSCN3424 So yesterday because it was cooler and the weeds pulled easily, I went out in the light rain, wind, sun, cloud, rain and weeded like crazy and finally mulched everything to keep the moisture in and the weeds down. I have to share these before and after shots.

I have 4 kinds of climbing beans: Blue Lake Runners, Scarlet Runners, Purple climbers, and Cranberry Beans which will produce a dry bean for winter.  I’ll blanche and freeze the others.

before after garden1All my climbing beans are from seeds I saved from last year’s heritage beans. In the case of the Blue Lake Runners, I’ve been saving seeds from every planting for the last 6 years and they were given to me by my friend Pamela who had done the same for the previous 10 years. They are well adapted to this soil and our weather! We will put up some stronger tee-pee supports.

before after garden3It looks like vegetables growing in a lawn 😉 and you can find snow peas, a few Chinese cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, tomato plants, broccoli and garlic.
before after garden2

After the weeding, I had enough space to plant a final row of bush beans. They’ll be so welcome as they’ll produce at the very end of the season.

before after garden4

I had some manure piles delivered a while ago so I planted my Winter Luxury Pumpkin seeds from Hope Seeds directly in the pile. Oh, the striped cucumber beetles have been prolific and persistent this year, but hopefully, the plants are now able to develop in spite of the bugs.  They are so wily…they can fly, drop off the leaf and burrow into the soil. And they are fast movers!

P1410792 This is more garden with zucchini, more bush beans, soy beans and some kale.

These are onions and leeksP1410777

I love common orange day lilies and how they bend and stretch. And those purple hosta flowers are sweet too.P1410804


And while I’ve gardened, Larry’s worked hard in the studio making signs. I love this one that he designed and hand-lettered for our favourite little bistro in Bear River, Magoo’s Bistro.DSCN3391

They are right on the river…you can watch for the friendly river monster too.DSCN3398




7 thoughts on “After Cyclone Arthur – Weeding the Garden

  1. Your garden is wonderful Flora. Is there no compensation for the lost food in the fridge and freezer ? Tell Larry that Sybil says “be careful up on that damn ladder !”

  2. Re squash bugs: I never have problems with squash bugs/beetles IF I remember to plant a ring of radishes around the future hill about two weeks before planting the squash. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember last year and wasn’t able to do so this year because of major garden reconstruction during the first half of June.

    However, I do not have squash bugs this year, except for one I happened to see while out weeding a few weeks ago. I happened to notice a beetle staying in one place on a leaf for a long time, and not being disturbed my me weeding close by. I went to look: a beetle, but not striped like the squash beetle, busy laying yellow eggs. I squished both beetle and egg mass, and have seen nothing further. (Just came in from a check to be fully up-to-date.)

    I have my own theory about this lack of squash beetles, since there were enough to nearly kill my plants were there three and four years ago. That is; good old soil health. In the previous two years, I planted my squash (both seedlings and seeds) in hills of mushroom compost. I have done the same this year. Therefore, I’ll be interested to see if your squash this year will be unappetizing to squash beetles.

    The other thing that I have heard helps is deep mulch; the beetles have a hard time burrowing down into the soil because they cannot get there easily and if they do, it is a challengingly long way back to the squash; in the case of hay mulch, or they cannot get there directly, in the case of plastic “mulch”.

    If I had seen squash beetles this year, I was panning to try giving them a radish leaf smoothie: radish leaves made into a slurry with a food processor or immersion blender and then poured around the bases of the plants. Maybe pour some on some leaves, too. But I haven’t the opportunity to carry out this experiment – and am NOT complaining!!!

    1. Helen, thanks so much for your good gardening tips! You really should have a book or a blog you know!
      Yesterday I went out to the garden and saw a zucchini plant was toppled over. When I straightened it, it broke right off and the stalk at ground level was mush! I looked on the internet and they diagnosed squash vine borer. WHAT NEXT!!! Apparently once the maggot of the fly is in the stalk, there’s nothing you can do. They wriggle out and burrow into the earth to emerge as flys the next season.
      So far the other zukes look ok. This is what the fly looks like: squash vine borer
      Today while shovelling up composted manure for the garden, I came across quite a few fat June bug larva…they are as big as jumbo shrimp. hmmmmmm. 😉

  3. Super sign! Its message is clear and good to look at; no clutter that interferes with the legibility, just the needed message (Magoo’s Bistro) and cheerful, uncluttered and uncluttering design! Well done, sir!

    1. Helen, Larry thanks you for the sign appreciation. He worked with Magoos to come up with something that they wanted….water, celtic, playful. It’s quite a process and I think his results are stellar!

  4. Lots of work in the garden, but well worthwhile I am sure. Did Arthur cause much damage around you place? We had some. Your garden looks quite large. However do you find the time to do all that you do?

    1. Hi Bonnie,
      Sometimes I think the work in the garden is worthwhile and other times I think it’s a fool’s errand!
      Arthur downed a lot of trees for other people and it spoiled our fridge and freezer food. I suppose the good it did is that it restarted that conversation about why we are do dependant on Nova Scotia Power, why is it privatized and not community owned….and the whole notion of sustainability.
      I am just taking a break from gardening right now and it’s not a pretty site. My face is dripping and my hands are filthy even with the gloves. The gloves, the head to toes covering, the head netting against biting insects is hard.
      But when I look up at the beautiful shapes and colours of the blooming lilies, I see a painting in the works so my efforts here inform my passion for art.
      You can see behind me in the photo that the rest of the place is messy and chaotic. There are art…sign and painting supplies strewn throughout the downstairs as well as in the studio. THATS where I find the time to do what I do. 😉 Take care, Flora.

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