This is the inaugural post for my blog. After a decade of puttering in my own garden, I have decided that this is the year that I will be attempting a year-round vegetable gardening. My gardening journey started with containers, evolved into flower beds and borders, and then geared up into self-provision edible gardening. I say self-provision because my garden, while very productive, is no where near to self-sufficient at this point. I have dabbled in food storage and succession planting to extend the time during which we are able to eat delicious, homegrown food. This year, I am going to try to stretch my growing and harvesting season through the winter so that even on the coldest, darkest days of the year I can pluck fresh food from my vegetable patch.
Now, those of you reading this in zone 6a (hello, Toronto!) or zone 3b (shout out to my old hometown, Saskatoon!), you might pooh-pooh this effort as I am spoiled with mild weather in coastal BC. I am eternally grateful for my hardiness zone because it already affords me a generous growing season with no additional equipment. However, we do get freezing temperatures and snow, so a little extra effort and equipment (and TLC!) is necessary for year-round growing. I hope that no matter where you are in Canada or beyond that you are able to find something helpful about the journey that I am about to share with you.
Now, let's DIG in!