The birds, gone. The bees, moved on…

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Well, the warm winds of Summer have certainly retreated to more southerly destinations…

The birds have left, the thralls of whooping cranes gone and the Canada Geese have made their “V” like dash for the border, leaving behind only the hardiest of the bees, fruit flies, mosquitoes, and those who stay to brave the winter here in the southern parts of British Columbia.

Summer has finally headed South…

Oddly enough, some of the veggie plants out in the garden are growing and yielding, better now than they have all year! The tomatoes, beans, garlic, chard, the hot peppers, and even some strawberries, have been lovin’ this drop in temperature. Needless to say, I have been quite negligent in clearing out the garden this fall.

I am very curious to find out just how long this little veggie garden of mine plans on producing and flourishing…

Real Good Eatin’

I had lofty intentions of launching the gardening blog, here @GrowingJess, well before Fall hit… Let alone, Winter. They were lofty, what else can I say! Now though, the new website is complete and I look forward to a winter full of sharing all the garden fixings I didn’t get to over the summer!

There is much in store for the new digs here at Growin’ Jess! I hope you stick around to read, enjoy and share a winter filled with Garden Rockin’ growing ideas, veggie gardening tips and fabulous photos from the rows of my little organic garden.

Till then, here is a little excerpt and afternoon reading material to explain a bit more of the history behind this whole garden blogging thing of mine..

The Sprouts of My Garden, A Sprinkle of Historical Perspective.

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I made a decision, about five years ago, that I was changing the way I live. To cut a long story short, simplify. Find a garden, plant it, grow our food, and ‘eat like queens’ of the olden day! Garden found, I quickly realized there is so, so much still to learn! Coming from a background of commercial landscaping and dry land plants, sure I know how to design and build gardens and landscapes. Landscaping plants, bedding plants, not a problem. Vegetables, a whole new bucket of worms, so to speak.

Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s with processed food products heavily on the rise,gardening and growing your food at home became a hobby, more than a necessity for many. I believe there is a huge generational gap in knowledge regarding how to grow the food we need to survive, and the true value of the many “products” that Mother Nature, herself, has to offer us. We have come to a state of being completely reliant on the services and products available to us.

This natural, home-grown knowledge must continue to be documented, shared, learned, and taught to our next generations, before it is lost forever. Just think back 100 years from now, to how life was for our parents, grandparent or great-grandparents. Grocery stories, Walmart, ordering organic food from the internet, unheard of! If they could only see us now, I wonder what they would say…


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Originally published at on October 13, 2014.

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