Tomatillo Flowers

Tomatillos are a tomato-like plant, sometimes called the Mexican Tomato, which produce a green fruit used to make Salsa Verde. Mmmm…Salsa Verde.

Tomatillo Flowers

The fruit grow within a paper husk called the calyx. When the calyx dries up, the fruit is ready to be picked.

This is the first year that I have grown tomatillos, and so far everything is looking good. They seem to be very hardy and robust.

I’m hoping for ample pollination of my eight plants and I’m hoping for enough fruit to make several jars of fresh salsa.


Gogi Berry Flowers

Goji berries are one of the “superfoods” you hear about these days: lots of vitamins and antioxidents. They make a great addition to any smoothie, or can be eaten straight from the bush.

Gogi Berry Flowers

Originally from China, Goji berries are becoming increasing popular in North America. Who knew we could grow them right here in zone 3? I bought this plant last fall and didn’t have a place to put it, so with much trepidation I buried it in a warm spot next to my house for the winter. It gets down to -30C here on a regular basis during the winter months, so I wasn’t certain it would survive.

Not only did it survive, it prospered. Now in it’s new home in my front yard, my Goji bush has several blossoms and lots of new growth. I can’t wait for that first smoothie.


Isn’t it Cute?

Rabbits. Fuzzy little cotton-tailed cuties.

I’m so proud of my new garden space I created by sheet-mulching last fall. But as they say, “Pride cometh before a fall” and it looks like I won’t be getting any beans this fall.

Something or someone has been nibbling away on my beans, leaving spindly little stalks that have no chance of survival. After finishing off most of the beans, they moved on to my cosmos flowers.

My Beans Have Been Attacked

I suspect rabbits, but I haven’t actually caught them in the act. When I do I’ll unleash the wrath of Lucy (the Lucinator as she is known in dog circles) upon them and frighten them to the bottom of their souls.

My Cosmos Have Been Ravaged

In the meantime, I replanted my beans and am hoping for the best. Sigh.