happy earth day

Happy Earth Day. Of course, every day should be Earth Day, and all of that. But today was gorgeous. The first sunny day in a long time, and it was welcomed with open arms.
And so were my boys - they finally came home yesterday after the ferry they were taking finally resumed service. I'm very glad to have them back. I'm also very glad to have the card reader and camera back.

For Earth Day, Phillip and I went for a little walk around our neighbourhood with a garbage bag, and made things a little bit tidier. Of course we had clothes on the line, and we also spent a good part of the day outside, raking up the yard, playing, and planting our first seeds of the season! Adam took this picture of our work in progress. P doesn't like to get his hands dirty.
And here's a trick that I think I came up with the first year that we set up these beds. Neighbourhood cats are keen on using freshly fluffed soil as an al fresco toilet experience. Which I loathe.  After planting the seeds, I take some of the recently thinned (thanks, Adam!) raspberry canes (ours happen to be thornless, which is amazing) and lay them all across the beds with the freshly planted seeds. Light, water, and air can circulate freely, but cats are deterred by the canes. Score one for the vegetables!

Can someone identify this weed? It tastes pretty good, kind of bright and fresh, but I don't know what it is. I'm just wondering if it can be safely eaten in larger quantities than I dared to. Don't worry, I didn't feed it to anyone else. And I'm fine.
So, happy Earth Day. I hope that you were able to spend some time outdoors as well! How did you celebrate?


  1. Yay, glad your boys are home (and the card reader and camera too...LOL)!

    What an ingenious idea to use the raspberry canes as cat deterrents! Wish I had thought of that when we lived in town and the neighbors' cats were nuisances. :)

    It poured like the dickens today so we didn't really get to go out much, but, then again, like you said, every day should be earth day, so we don't usually do anything special today. :>

  2. We used to eat those ALL THE TIME when we were kids, and we all survived. They're delicious! Enjoy a leaf for me!

  3. Philip looks like he is full of questions in that photo. What a cute boy!

  4. Oh, I forgot to mention that while hubby didn't know what that was (we have some different plants than you do being in different zones), he thought it's some sort of wild lettuce.

  5. Love your raised beds and what a great idea to use the raspberry like that. I'll have to remember that for when I get my own garden (hopefully next year)!


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