Potatoes in a Sack

We are trying something new this year – growing potatoes in a burlap sack! Thank you to Jennifer for her inspiration for this project and for the seed potatoes. Thank you also to Bobbi for the burlap sacks. Hope we have a successful harvest. It will be a fun experiment and i can’t wait to see how they grow and produce!

I grew up on a potato farm in southern Alberta, so it felt good to plant potato seeds once again.

 

Amazing Volunteers

At the end of May, Wellspring Calgary had the good fortune of having a group of 11 AMAZING volunteers from Encana helping us out in the gardens. They were an enthusiastic group, who all came with their sleeves rolled up, ready to help us with some very heavy garden work. What they did collectively in one afternoon, would have taken me the entire summer to accomplish so I am so grateful to each and every one of them. Thank you so much to the Encana volunteers Vicy, Scott, Tyson, Craig, Jason, Patsy,  Nyree, Liz, Adam, Mike, and Jasone. You were an incredible group and we accomplished SO much that day! Thank you so very much!

Thank you also to Wellspring volunteers Laura and Don for helping all afternoon and thank you Bobbi for taking all of these photos!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Years everyone!

I hope your 2017 is filled with many blessings!

I am currently gardening in Arizona but still dream of the Canadian springtime when I can bring in the ‘New Year’ in the gardens. It is always a very special time of year. I await for it patiently.

For now, it is grapefruit and lemon trees – a real delight.
Happy 2017 to each of you, with love.

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The blue sky and autumn

As I look out my window, the blue sky is everywhere. It is beautiful. There are still some autumn leaves on the trees and the larch tree next door is still brilliant yellow. My  gardens are all put to rest now for the winter and there is a feeling of completion, of satisfaction, of gratitude. Another good season.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers from the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council who helped us throughout the summer – a huge thank you to  Jaya, Murali, Taslim, Edward, Debjani, Armel, José, Raymond, Yogita, Tina, Bola, Seyi, Chimezie, Chineme, Khan and Dapo. And a big thank you to Homes by Avi for helping us with their day of caring – Olivia, Cindy, Carla, Kim, Joanne, Meagan, Terry, Rebecca, Samantha, Carrema and Nicole. You all were such a huge help in making the gardens so beautiful all summer! Thank you for your kindness in giving up all of those hours and mornings helping us out.

And to all the volunteers who kindly watered the flower pots ALL summer, during the week and the weekends. Our flowers were kept beautiful all summer because of you. I am so grateful to each and every one of you.

And I couldn’t end this page without mentioning my deepest gratitude to Laura, Don, Christiane, Paul, Nancy and Teresa for all of their help and support all season. Have a beautiful winter season and hopefully I will see some of you in these pages over the winter.

With gratitude
Sue

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Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving weekend and before anything else, I want to thank you for joining me on this blog. We are blanketed in our first snowfall and cold temperatures, but isn’t it all relative? As by mid winter, this amount of snow and temperature would feel almost “balmy!” But the gardens are covered in snow….I can barely see my sweetpeas now!

Last Thursday, Christiane, Don and I cleaned the garden beds and pulled the last carrots and beets from the garden. It was a pleasantly warm day and felt really good to be harvesting the garden. I am thankful as the following day, the snow started falling along with the temperatures. Thank you Christiane and Don for helping with the last harvest.

Hope this weekend you all stay snuggled and warm and with people you love close by.

I am thankful for so many things but most of all, my family….
…..and of course, my gardens.

Thank you everyone. With love
Sue

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