Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Breaking with tradition

Today we planted the first potatoes.  No big deal, it's already the April 24th.  Yes, big deal as the St Glace haven't passed.  There is a tradition in these here parts than no outdoor planting should be done before the 11th, 12th & 13th May - and the passing of  the Ice Saints.  Imagine my shock when our head gardener a.k.a Papy Bob - father in law, announced that the spuds were going in - today!  Crazy hey!  I haven't done anything this wild in years! it almost feels illegal.

In Bloom - finally!
But this year we have a lot of potatoes to plant.  My neighbor, who in the past has done a veggi garden, doesn't have time this year and so has offered it to us.  Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth we accepted - with a little bartering off course.  There was absolutely no need, she didn't want any 'rent' but well it seemed kinda fun, an 'all she can eat' exchange for lending us the land.   This means extra work, so we've roped the kids in to help.

So while they planted, I weeded and finished the afternoon of with a little crafting and a cuppa.  Now off to face the mounds of laundry I've been ignoring all day before they topple over and bury someone alive.  Or maybe make another cup of tea and enjoy a few Yarn Along posts!
sweet heart pattern here


  1. He he, breaking with traditions, hope you have a bumper crop!

  2. Love it! Here we don't plant potatoes "till the leaves on the trees are the size of a mouse's ear." It's fun to abide by traditions, isn't it? Hope your potatoes grow beautifully!

  3. I should have my potatoes already planted, but rain got in the way. I love the card. Thanks for the pattern too.

  4. You are living on the edge planting early. Love the pictures and the crochet card.

  5. Love the crochet cute! Hope those potatoes do well for you. Ours aren't in yet, but then it's only May 1. :)

  6. Hi Emma!

    The view in the photos is gorgeous! I love visiting and seeing what is happening in your part of the world.

    Very sweet crochet heart card :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

  7. that garden view is spectacular!! my fingers are crossed for you that the potatoes were planted just at the right time

  8. Oh how fun! I know what you mean by not planting before certain nature things happen. We have a dove shaped area shows when covered in snow. The natives didn't plant until that was gone. We wait to plant, other than more cold hardy plants, till the May long week end. ( Queen Victoria Day here in Canada). You asked how high we are. We are 600 meters. Not as high up as you are. Your garden is so beautiful and I look forward to seeing how it grows. You are so blessed to have extra garden space this year. :)

    I need to see what yarn along you are participating in. I have been thinking of joining in on one.