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8/23/15 12:53 P

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Hello Joanna and all!

I have been absent, due to two new replaced laptops. All because of Windows 10
I downloaded and it was riddled with viruses. Luckily the two laptops were reimbursed free of charge by the vendor whom sold them to me!

The community garden behind my condo is doing well so far this year, with many in my building having a garden plot. I am never without free fresh produce!

The various fruit trees are abundant with fruit this year.
Every other day the gardeners leave me produce. Maybe they think I have lost too much weight and their trying to fattening me up. Definitely appreciate their generosity!

My living room windows which is a large bay style, overlooks the community garden. Have a birds eye level from the 3rd floor.

I was given 2 huge Butternut Squash the other day. What am I to do with these? I'll never eat my way through all that, I thought! So did a recipe search and decided to make the Butternut squash into a cake, this way I can freeze the cooked cake in portions.
I added a mixture of dried fruit to the batter, so didn't have to add icing to the cake.

If anyone wants the Butternut Squash Cake recipe I will post it. I reinvented the recipe because it called for 2 cups of cooking oil, it must have been a typo error! It makes for a nice spicy aroma and taste. Makes a large cake, I used a pan 17 inches long - 12 inches wide and 2 3/4 inches in depth.

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Ann that is wonderful...congratulations. My oldest son also bought into the electric cigarette and he has not smoked in almost a year. I never ask him how he felt but I am sure it has helped his health in so many ways.

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I found it very difficult last year just to walk to the garbage area for my condo and did not sign up for a garden plot last year in the fall.

Last fall my daughter suggested I should buy an electronic cigarette and toss the thought of ever smoking cigarettes again. I had to agree with her thus bought one to try it out. With in one week, my hips were not aching and I had my energy level back and back to normal walking.

I started out with the highest level of nicotine in the liquid dose. With in two weeks, I was reducing the added nicotine. By October I weaned myself off of any nicotine added to the serum and started buying only fruit flavours, though my favourite flavour " Imitation Irish Cream."

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Unfortunately we also grow hay for our horses....and with all this rain...we can not get a break in the weather to get it cut and baled. We are running behind ...with the looks of the weather we will still be running a lot later. Scary....but other than that I don't really mind the rain too much....humid and hot but I can live with that.

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I think it may turn off super hot after all this rain and I don't know how our few little crops will fare. The yellow squash has about finished it's production and looks limp as a rag this afternoon.

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I started a herb garden on my back deck...waiting to see if it takes off or not. I so do not have a green thumb....it's more like a sour grape thumb but I am going to give it a good shot. The hubbty planted corn, melons, green beans, and carrots. His always turns out pretty good so I will leave him to it.

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We don't have a big yard for a garden. We do have a little circle where previous owners had some big bushes but we had them taken out. I guess we could plant something mall. Although, we do have lot of squirrels.

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We got a slow start this year but our little patch is full speed ahead. We have already had a couple of tomatoes, two cookings of yellow squash, some basil, and some cilantro. In addition to that, we have baby spinach and mesclun lettuce almost ready, two kinds of peas, green beans, and okra. We're also going to have a bumper crop of figs-think balls of sugar-unless another hail storm takes them out.

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Hey Hey Hey...it's that time of year...I need to get my garden going. My oldest daughter came over today and planted some flowers...but I want to start a little raised garden this year. My hubby is building me some containers...I will take some pics and let you know how they turn out. I bought the seeds but I'm thinking maybe I should go ahead and start them indoors...right now. Just so I can tell what is what when I go to plant. Any suggestions.


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emoticon Ouch! Joanna that doesn't sound good. Glad you managed to come on line. You must be in a lot of pain. Hope you heal quickly.

Just got a garden email update a new Community Garden opened this week and another is in the making. The latter community garden will open end of June.

At the end of May we are having a spring clean of weeding the paths between the plots and general clean up. Noon we will break for a potluck lunch. Yesterday weeded the paths around my plot. Usual amount of gardeners that show up for clean up is about 40 people. It will be nice to have a top layer of bark mulch, around the plots, as last years mulch is dwindling away! The community garden has 2 picnic benches and dozens of plastic lawn chairs, that have just accumulated over the years!


People in my building are forever giving me plants, that were given to them as gifts from their kids. I have to learn to say NO Thank-you, as running out of places to put them! My latest freebies this week was a purple orchid and a Hibiscus tree.

Well, I better get down to the garden, to water as it is suppose to be a warm one today!



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Thanks for the tip...I am going to check into that as soon as the horse show is over this week. My daughter is coming out on Saturday while I am gone and do some flower planting for me....I too got some bulbs in a bag for Mothers Day....so I have 5 different varieties and multiple bulbs in each bag....hope she has fun finding places to put them.

I am going to have the hubby or my grandson make me some above ground boxes....at least 4 of them...about 3 feet high four feet wide and 20 feet long...fill them with rocks from our fields at the bottom...then cover the rocks with compost manure for at least a foot for more...then top it all off with top soil which I will purchase a truck load when I get back this next week. Once that is done I guess I will look at the time zone and decide what is best for my area.

I did a bad thing yesterday, I turned my back on a baby horse and he is a nipper. He reached out and go me good my right shoulder is three times the size and hard as a rock today. I can't lift it away from my body and I am in so much pain right now. I took some pain pills just to get through the night I could not lie down, lift up or even move without wanting to cry...so unfortunately I did not come on yesterday at all. Today I am typing one handed so I will not stay long.

Hope you all have a great day.

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Joanna ~

When to plant depends on the zonal climate for each area of the world. I live in the Okanagan Valley in BC Ca., my zonal plant area is documented to be between plantal zones of 5 - 8 depending on the altitude where you live. Such as I live in the central Okanagan region, but plantal zone ranges as high as an 8 which would be in the southern end of Okanagan Valley.

The zonal plant range would drop considerably, if say I lived in the region of Big White Ski resort, which is part of the Okanagan region but the altitude is much higher, thus more colder and extreme weather conditions.

To figure out the zonal planting area for where one lives, is pretty easy today with the internet. Just do a web search for your country's zonal plant range. Got all my veggies planted last week.

I did a really dumb thing, I bought 3 bags of different varieties of bulbs at Costco, not realizing 60 bulbs in one bag alone! Just got to get soil to fill the half wine barrels, for planters on my balconies. Oh well , on the bright side, I will have enough bulbs for the barrels for several years!

You can also track calories burned while gardening, with a pedometer, which many joggers use, to record the calories they have burned. I wear one clipped to the inside pocket of my jeans or shorts.

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I still have not tried to garden yet. I do have my daughter coming over to plant all the bulbs and flowers I got for mothers day presents from the grandkids. The flowers alone is enough for a full garden, but so far not food. I would like to discuss planting above ground...with the hubby as soon as he finishes his existing project. How late can you plant in order to get a good garden going of say....lettuce, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, things like that?

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Update on the ravaged fruit tree in the community garden.
A flying bug, had to be sprayed before the fruit fly's attacked the other healthy fruit tress.
In the fall, the tree trunk will be removed as the surrounding plots, have been planted. I glad they found the true culprit! The infected tree is only 2 feet from my plot.

It was suppose to rain today but it never happened. Watered the plot this morning but never found the time to do it this evening, so hope it pours all night and the sun returns tomorrow!

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emoticon MOIRADOON

In the central Okanagan area of B.C. where I live the temperature rose to 25 celsius this afternoon! My daughter and grand daughter helped me, by planting some peas, in our shared community garden plot this morning.

Our plot this year is positioned between two plots with fruit trees, the newest member of our community garden, sprayed some type of poison all over the the tree on his plot. Not very nice since. Talk with you soon, heading off to bed.


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I'm from a gardening family and farming stock. I love to garden too but now we are renting, and moving in a few months. I loaded up on half barrels and clay pots this year and am planting moon gardens. Also, I saw the cutest small strawberry pot that I had to buy and yesterday planted 6 strawberry plants in it. We shall see if they come to fruition in such a small strawberry pot, probably 1 foot high with 4 pockets around the edge for plants and I put 2 in the top. I've got seeds started of herbs and a salsa garden, so those will go in the rest of the planters IF Spring every gets here! Fear not. It is arriving and the buds are budding and the trees are finally getting some green. We are on Lake Ontario and on the other side of town, the shrubs are probably 2 weeks ahead of us. Gardening was one of my favorite things to discuss with my late parents. It's now that they are most missed, sharing our favorite things.

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Hmmmmm if they are on Photo Bucket you should have them on your computer already and if not you and always right click on the photo and save them to your hard drive. Once you have a few of them there you can post them through a blog. It would be wonderful to see your project in action.


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Yes, it sounds nuts, I sleep with my glasses on. I awake in the morning and they are still on where I left them before falling asleep. Though very smudged! I don't know how the heck that happens! Yes, I know it is a bad habit habit to fall asleep with my glasses on, so far have not broken any in the last 15 years sleeping with my glasses on!

Community Garden

You could perhaps contact a local Garden Society, if they have such a thing in your area.
If not try human resources for an outreach branch for wayward kids or even girl guides, for learning about gardening.

I contacted everyone and anyone that was connected to a garden society in my area. They were interested in what I was trying to achieve, so joined my efforts to fight city hall. As I mentioned before it did take 3 years for the community garden to begin to materialize. A lot of good hearted people have donated monies and materials to help the garden grow and thrive from year to year.

With you having your own acreage, that should be easier than, prying city land out of the hands of developers!

We do have pot luck dinners or lunches, with the help of donations, to raise funds for the garden, for such things as as a lawn mower, most garden tools are supplied from gardeners, donating what they no longer use.

I started gardening out of a need for extra monies as a teen. Got paid more than babysitting! i used to weed peoples gardens on weekends. When I left home, I rented houses that were all run down for cheap, then I would work like mad fixing them up, from the land, to the house repairs, so the landlord would feel guilty if he planned to raise the rent!

I do have tons of pictures of the community garden but got to figure out how to upload them from photo bucket.com, back to my new computer. Seems the site wants monies, for me to retrieve hundreds of my photos. What a dam rip off is all I can say! I transferred all of my pictures, for safe keeping while in the midst of up grading to a new computer. Most of the old pictures of family can manage to scan and print but more recent pictures can't retrieve as I loaded them from my camera to the web site. I guess I better not be so cheap and pay them to retrieve my most recent pictures.

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Ann did you say you sleep in your glasses. Oh my gosh; I'm surprised that they manage to not get broken in your bed. The garden sounds wonderful, however with all you put in there the 18 dollars does not sound like much. With a hundred people you only have 1800 to do all that with I would think that at annual opening and closing meetings a pot luck where everyone brought a dish would be more profitable. I do like the ideal however of the raised gardens...I have never done them before...but I would think that putting a lining down would save the garden beds for a while and once in a while of course they would have to be replaced. That is understandable, but with people not returning to their efforts it might be a bit hard to manage Good luck with your garden his year....I applaud you and wish I was there to see how it gets done.

I have over 100 acres I thought about having people come out from our local town and do up a garden and rather than charge them for a plot say...just take a share of their crops in payment. I can supply fresh soil...even a composted manure for the garden for fertilizing. I just don't have the knowledge of knowing what is good for them and or bad. Not to mention they say you have to talk to your plants. I am just not sure if I was not have so many people on my property during the day moving around.

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Eye Glasses

I have been waiting for over two weeks for the new prescription replacement lens for my frames. I called the optometrist office, yesterday. They told me the lab was waiting for the type of frame ordered for the prescription lens. When they discovered that all that was needed was the new prescription for the lens. I figured why buy new eyeglass frames, this saves me a couple hundred dollars. Besides I really like my frameless frames, made out of titanium metal. They are so light weight that I never take them off even when I go to bed, only take them off to shower or wash my hair or to clean the lens!

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Hi! Joanne

The plots vary in sizes. Some are large 15 ft by 20 ft. Some like the one I chose to rent this year, is 8 ft long 5 ft wide. In the beginning, every one whom had a garden plot, created their own shaped garden.

Some garden plots are round, some are pie shape, some put in raised beds. Though the raised beds began to rot from time, they were made accessible for wheel chair access. Mainly because whom built them never returned, Several seasons, other gardeners rented the raised beds but last year, they were removed because they were rotting. They were replaced will regular oblong plots.

No seeds are supplied for the $18.00. The $18.00 also goes towards the renting of a commercial out-house, which everyone that belongs to the garden, has a key to access, the out-house. It is amazing how the time flies when you are in the garden. There are no convenient place to use a public washroom, except the rental type. The monies have to come from somewhere so that $18.00 per lot also covers the cost of renting seasonal out-house also, the monies cover the cost for renting a place for general Community Garden Garden Awareness events. We do have different occasions for lunches and meetings where horticulturists speak. Also end of year garden clean up and pruning occurs. Lunch is provided for all whom volunteer to help with putting the the garden to rest, mainly getting it ready for winter.



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Ann I agree you are gardener extraordinaire. Can you tell me how large a plot is...that is given out to each person? Does the 18.00 include seeds or just the cost of the plot?

I so wish I could garden but I absolutely do not have a green thumb. I try and spend a small fortune trying but it will not work.

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Rua ~ thank-you for your comments emoticon

The teens that help in the garden, are usually kids on probation, for some illegal activity, they have done. We certainly, see a major improvement in their attitude and participation, as the weeks, fly by! They are on the most part, good kids, that just need some direction and praise.

The mentally challenged people, there is usually 4-6 whom a human resource worker brings them in a van and helps them overcome many fears. When they first came, many were afraid to hold the water hose. Now they verbally argue over who's turn it is to water their garden plot. In the last 5 years I have seen their progress, which is amazing.

I really missed being in the garden and talking with everyone. I rejoined the garden for this season but asked for smaller plot. One year of being absent from the garden was enough. My daughter and son in law have agreed to help me with my garden plot. I putter around with planting and watering but they have do the weeding! They had a garden plot but gave it up when my grand daughter was born. Next month she will be 5 years old, just the right age, to start to learning about gardens. I bought her a garden hat, gloves and wee garden tools.
She is already showing an interest in plants and always wants to water my houseplants, wether they need it or not, so tell her, they just need a wee drop of water today, if that is the case.

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Oh my word, Ann, you must have been very busy! I applaud you for getting the ball rolling and keeping the momentum going while you fought for your community garden. It really sounds wonderful! Everyone has the chance to participate, to grow their own food, to make friend, be involved with their neighbours, and to also be involved in the greater good of the community!

It's also great to have the chance to meet homeless people, and see that they are, respectul, polite members of society. I always think, 'There, but for the grace of God, go I.' The last thing people need, when they're down on their luck, is to be kicked in the teeth.

I think your community garden seems to bring out the best in everybody! I hope your example will encourage other people and communities to become involved in such a wonderful project.

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RUAMAC -
Below is one of my blog entries.
I suppose the link would not work because writing.com classified it as a copyright.


Spring Has Sprung or is it Just Eager Gardeners!

People have been out in their community garden plots for last two weeks.
Some are prepping the soil in the their plots.

What is so special about being part of a Community Garden?

The benefits are many!

Group activity for Mentally Challanged Individuals
Group activity for a school aged children through to teens
Young adults and seniors, not caring about their age difference,
just genuine friendships bond.
Fantastic organic veggies and fruits, for your pantry or dinner table.

What does the city parks department provide?

Convenient water access for all garden plots
A garden Tool Shed
Provides workers to trim and prune the fruit trees.

What is the cost to join a community garden?
It varies depending on the ammenities.
The community volunteer garden I belong to, costs $18.00 per plot, per growing season.

I have been an avid gardener since the middle 1960's.

When I bought my condo I put the bug into the city parks department that a Community Volunteer Garden would be a wonderful use of the empty weed infested land behind our condo.

It was useless city land, that was too short in depth to build another building there. Backing onto the condo land at one end and a road at the other end.

I rallied all in my building, who wanted a Community Volunteer Garden and who would rent a space there. I had 15 people eager, to pester the city parks board. We did weekly complaint calls to the city parks department. It took three years for the city to get the message.

That was 12 years ago and our Community Volunteer Garden has expanded since the original beginnings of 30 plots today it has expanded over the years to a total of 48 plots.

This was the 2nd community garden in the city. In the last 10 years, there has been a rapid growth in new volunteer community gardens 15 have sprouted up in the city and communities bordering on the out skirts of the city have also grown with more Vounuteer Community gardens.

We planted peach, apricot, pear, plum and apple trees. We have grapes vines, which were planted by original owners of the land in the community garden. The apricot, peach. pear, plum and apple trees are now producing fruit. If you have a rented plot in the community garden you can to take some of the fruit, with consideration to leave enough for all the gardeners to enjoy.

There is two dedicated plots that we grow root vegetables for the local food bank. Mainly because they hold up in transportation and last longer that fresh delicate greens. I can't work a garden plot any more but I still contribute some time to the garden, as a volunteer gardener whom helps other gardeners that go on vacation. Gardeners post the dates they will be away, and leave the list in our tool shed. myself and other gardeners, water the absent gardeners vegetable and flower plots.


The city is putting in a seniors park with benches. Also the city library repair house, will be demolished and a small tots play ground will be built there, sometime in the future.

This is just super for all the condos around here, where young couples with babies have sprung up. A park to serve all is what is really needed. At present the community garden takes up four large city lots, not including the other two lots. It is a very welcomed change by the gardeners!

When I bought my condo unit, the owner of the construction company that built this building, made a written contract with all new owners. We all signed the contract between him and the city parks department, That stated all first time owners of each unit have a share in the stated land behind the condo will to be used as a benefit to the community.

It has taken 12 years, to see the results of that agreement with city hall parks department, finally begin to materialize. The parcel of land is too close to the road and too close to the condo building, to be developed into another condo. It probably is why the owner of the construction company bought th whole parcel of land. To secure a green space in the city.

Recently, the city crew is out at that abandoned house! They are in the process of demolishing it. YaHoo! is all I can say.

You would think having a community garden, would bring more homeless people, looking for food. We do get a few homeless people wandering through the garden. They are usually polite and offer imformation of where they are from but they never ask for food or steal food. We usually give them vegetables that don't need cooking .

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The city has recently put up a sign "Barley Park - completion May 2014"
The Park structure has been completed, with laid turf and some new trees have been planted by the city. One more lot to be cleared then the Barley Community Garden and adjacent parks will be completed.

Copyright 2012 - 2014 Edited edition.

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Ann, I tried to read your blog post but it was 'restricted.' Perhaps you could copy and paste it into a message for us all to read.

Looking forward to it,

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I too will look over it Ann, thanks for sharing the link. If I might ask you a question...why an alias name? After all would you not want to get the full credit for such a rewarding project?

Good night everyone....and I hope you enjoy the new look of your sparks page. Did you notice that we can post photos at the top of the main page now and no more cuddles at the side. I like the new look and took advantage of it already.

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Ann, thanks for the link to the blog. I'll read it tonight when I've finished work.

Good luck with finding the variety of tomatoes that you like. It must be soul-destroying to do all that work with your plants and then have them rot. I suppose that's life, though. Not everything turns out as we'd planned.

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It is going to be warm and sunny for a couple days, 25 c here in the southern interior of British Columbia. Tomorrow 2 ladies from my condo, my daughter and I are going to our favourite nursery called the "Greenery." Hoping to find golden cherry tomatoes, as the small variety does well in the community garden. For several past years, the regular tomatoes have gotten blossom rot, do not plan to buy any of these type of tomatoes. The English Cucumber, does well in my garden plot.





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Ha ha, Joanna, I love the pun! 'Community gardens are growing rapidly,' - very good!

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Ann, Community gardens are growing rapidly as the people realize they want fresh vegetables and fruits. It's not only a way to get involved with growing your own but a way to make un-attractive areas beautiful and useful. I applaud you on your input and effort. I do not have a green thumb but I do hope to get a garden going here shortly. I am doing a raised garden so I can tend it without too much bending over.

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Ann, I'm not a gardener but I really wish I was! I have plenty of space here, but it's really meadowland and not suitable for growing anything. It is ablaze with wild flowers at present, though, and I'm happy to see the bees and butterflies taking advantage of the different varieties of pollen.

I admire you for starting the community garden. I do know people who rent allotments and get great pleasure, not only from the gardening and then eating their own produce, but also from the sense of community that they develop with the neighbouring allotment holders.

Today, I did buy some little seedlings for the planters at the front of my cottage. I got petunias, sweet pea, and campanula. I'm hoping that I can put them out, leave them, and I will have a profusion of blooms when I get back from New Zealand. Perhaps not, though. It will probably be too early for them, but I do have high hopes of lots of colour in the summer.

I also have a nice, red, metal bucket of strawberry shoots that my daughter bought me for Mothers Day. However, I don't know how they'll fare when I'm gone. Perhaps I should leave them with my brother, a horticulturist, to look after for me till I get back. Or till they're ready to harvest!

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I have a plot in a community garden, I must admit I was the instigator for the formation of the community garden 12 years ago.

I usually have peas planted by now but the weather is not co-operating this year!
The work I have done thus far, for the slow coming of the gardening season, is nothing except, turn the soil and plant a few onions bulbs. Oh, divided the irises that were far to over crowded at the entrance to the garden. My daughter is reaping the benefits of the irises, for her townhouse grounds.

Going to the garden centre tomorrow, to pick up some vegetable seeds packets such as green peas & beans. If the weather co-operates will get the peas planted as they thrive on a cooler start. Will have to warm up a lot more before I buy any heat lovin' veggie plugs! Don't have room in my condo to start veggie seeds indoors. Most of my flora for my two decks are holding any space available inside!

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