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!

Bamboo Chopsticks

One of the biggest adjustments in moving to Kelowna from Vancouver has been in adjusting to the differences in culture (or lack thereof).  When we first moved here, there was not a lot of good (read: edible) non-white food restaurants to eat at.  Thankfully a few have popped up since.

Last Winter, someone on a local forum posted about a new Vietnamese restaurant that had opened at one of the new malls in Westbank called Bamboo Chopsticks.  I used to always go for Pho when I was in Vancouver so I went to check this place out.

I absolutely love their Spring Rolls that are made with rice paper.  They are so crispy and tasty.  You can add a roll and beverage to your meal for I think it’s $1.50 but when I was there last, I opted for the side of two spring rolls.

Spring Rolls made using rice paper.

I always get a medium chicken breast soup with rice noodles.

Bamboo Chopsticks Chicken Breast Soup

The broth in this soup is absolutely amazing.  I love that it always comes with an assortment of different veggies.  I hate when I get a bowl of Pho and all there is, is the meat, noodles and some floating green stuffs.

Whenever we head home to Vancouver, we try to hit up our favourite restaurants.  I find it interesting that I talk to other folks that have moved here from Vancouver and they also schedule their trips to Vancouver around their food stops.  Whenever I was hungry there, it was never a challenge to decide where to go for food.  But I have found in Kelowna, I certainly don’t get cravings for certain restaurants and need/want to go there and usually wrack my brain for some time trying to decide where to go.  Coffee shops are a different story, but not restaurants.

My experience at Bamboo Chopsticks is always great!  It is probably why it is the only restaurant at this point that I think of when deciding where to go to grab a bite to eat.  I do have two other restaurants that I crave food from but I will save that for another post!

Bachelor for Two Weeks

My partner is teaching at SFU over the Summer semester on Wednesday mornings so we have had a lot of in and out of town trips to Vancouver which has felt less of a commuting chore because of my surgery and follow up appointments.

Last Tuesday, we headed down to White Rock and Wednesday evening, I came back to Kelowna by myself.  The partner is currently en route to Paris, France and our son, en route to the Rockies with his grandparents.

I have been looking forward to the break in hopes of getting a lot of work done.  My past week has consisted of:

  • Tuesday – drove to WR, early to bed, less then 5 hours sleep (4 hours of driving)
  • Wednesday – SFU, East Van, Metrotown, SFU, WR, Kelowna, 7+ hours of travel
  • Thursday – mostly rest, little work
  • Friday – slept in, worked almost all day, little rest
  • Saturday – slept in, watched baseball, rest
  • Sunday – faerie coffee, rest, little work
  • Monday – slept in, chores, rest, little work

As you can see, lots of resting and not much work.  But, I keep having to remind myself that I am still recovering from surgery even though I don’t (and haven’t) really felt like it other then the first 11 days post op until the drains had come out.

The family gets back into White Rock in a week and I plan to get there by Tuesday evening so my partner has transportation to/from SFU and I will head into Vancouver to work and/or socialize with some friends.  I am contemplating a trip home to Vancouver Island to visit my family and hopefully get work done.

What feels like “little” work done over the past week has been mostly me trying to get organized, clear off plates and really focus on what is most important based on the goals I set in my Back to Reality post.  The worst thing anyone can do when setting goals is set themselves up for failure and I am really trying to focus on achievable goals that will benefit me the most come September.

My goals right now are focused primarily on two things:  Health and Career

Over the Summer while I finish recovering from surgery, I am trying ease myself back into working and gaining traction into my new career while eating healthy and increasing my stamina.  The greatest benefit about the career I am getting into is that while I am working on clients, I receive healing benefits as well.

So, what work have I been doing the past week and will I do over the next week to be working on achieving my goals:

Last week:

  • Started re-reading the Touch for Health book and taking notes
  • Back to eating fresh fruits and veggies, bbq’ing, re-cut out sugar/snacks
  • Resume – bought/returned tablet after headache trying to update resume (and blog)
  • Second blog post in a week (July 1 was actually posted July 6th after tablet return)
  • Pedometer – started wearing it again, last Wednesday’s total of 24,440 steps:

Pedometer

Upcoming week:

  • Write Exam for Level 1 of Crystal Healing Course
  • Photography – long trip down to coast with stops
  • continuing with above

Another key to the health equation is in maintaining hobbies that will also benefit in improving my mental health.  Quilting has been on my mind a lot lately and I think its beyond time for me to start working on another quilt (or two or three)!