We Started Container Gardening!

Over the past few years, I have been reading more about homesteading and container gardening.

We have lived in our place for the past 8 years, never laying down veggie roots because we knew our stay in Kelowna wasn’t permanent.  Eight years later, I gathered up a bunch of empty containers laying around the house and started container gardening in our backyard.

Veggie Garden with celery, broccoli, beans, beets and a marigold.

I had seen the posts online about people getting a good harvest growing potatoes out of a few interesting items including tires.  The problem with that was unearthing the tires would have meant losing dirt into the gravel below where we started our garden.  Instead we planted the tomatoes with peppers in the tires against the fence.

Veggie Garden with tomatoes, peppers, beans and marigolds.

And the potatoes went into a different bin, half full with dirt, which has since been filled with dirt as the potato plants have grown larger.  I have been utterly amazed at the growth coming from the potato container!

Veggie garden with potatoes, beets and marigolds.

You can see the depth of dirt in the tub that we’ve planted the beets, carrots and a couple marigolds (for pest control).  The celery is from the roots off celery from the store.  One was soaked in water, the other went right from the cutting board, deep-sixed into the empty kitty litter container.

I have started to see some flower buds coming on the tomatoes and beans!  I honestly had no expectations of anything working so I am amazed that the only thing that hasn’t come up, was the spinach and wish there was a lot more than the 10-12 carrots that have come up.  They so far seem to have been the most susceptible to the weather.  The nice thing about the container that has the beets and carrots, is that I can put the lid on them but unfortunately, a bad rainstorm in May beat the crap out of the carrots.

Any one else been doing container gardening?  What has or hasn’t worked for you?  I have also seen some of the other people in our neighbourhood doing the same.

Grow food, not lawns!

Harvest Time Means Winter Food Preparations!

I have been so preoccupied the past few months that I totally forgot one (of the many) reasons I started this blog:  I was wanting to try other healthier, whole foods based on what my body was telling me I needed to consume, takes photos, create new recipes and blog about the process.  What a great time to get into it!  It is harvest time and Fall and Winter vegetables are some of my favourites!  This is also a great way for me to combine a few of my hobbies into a single project:  cooking, health and wellness, preserving, photography and blogging!

Before I started blogging on a regular basis over the Summer, we picked up a sprouting kit for a donation at the SFU Farmers Market.  The kit we got is using the jar method but after being told that it was better to get one that has the 3 (or more) levels for sprouting, I have been on the hunt for one.  You can sprout more then one type of seed at a time and because there are three levels, you can spread out your sprouting every few days.  This ensures so you always have all three sprouted and would not have to wait a few days for new sprouts.

One of my favourite lunches to have when I had lost my 65lbs, was toasted veggie sammiches with FF cream cheese, sprouts and veggies.  There was also my Yummy Tuna Sammich that I need to figure out a substitute for because Uprising Breads is in Vancouver.  I will have to re-calculate but it was a 2 or 3 point sandwich that I lived off of at one point.  When I was really hungry and was exercising a lot, I would also either make a container of the Campbell’s Gardennay or home made soup which are between 1 and 3 points per 500ml serving.  I have butternut and acorn squash at home that I will be cooking up and either canning or freezing for the Winter.

With there being so many problems associated with eating meat, I have been trying to find other ways of getting other healthy protein in our diets such as quinoa, pois chiche and other foods that are high in iron and protein.  There was a bunch of really great looking recipes in the September 2012 issue of Alive magazine that I would like to try out.  I am an avid reader of the Alive magazine which has me heading to a couple of local stores at least once a month (great marketing) and I always feel as though I have to buy something in there when I take a free magazine.

Am I the only that feels like I’m stealing if I mainly head to a store to pickup a free magazine but feel that even if they don’t have anything I want to buy at that time, that I still should buy something?