Planning a Vegetable Garden

Growing flowers and tomatoes seemed easy when my Mum did it. So last year, I decided to try growing some vegetables myself. Let's just say this is another activity my Mum made look easy when there is way more involved.

This year, I am using past lessons learned coupled with the sage (pun intended!) advice of my good friend, Ann, to ensure a productive vegetable garden. Here are 3 terms to consider when planning:

  • Utilization - How are you going to use the vegetables you produce? Last year I planted a good amount of cucumber seeds. The resulting cucumbers were very good, however, there were so many, we quickly got sick of cucumber salads and sandwiches. This year, I will reduce the cucumber seeds, in favour of zucchini, which will freeze better if needed and can be used for baking.

  • Companion planting - I didn't consider the relationships between plants last year. Apparently, there are certain vegetables that work well in close proximity to others, such as carrots with tomatoes and peppers. But don't put beans and peppers together or they will stunt each other's growth.

  • Germination - When planting vegetable seeds, some take longer than others to sprout once planted. When planning your garden, make sure you consider the length of time each product will take to grow. Do you need to start some seeds indoors before transplanting them into your garden? Will all your produce require harvesting at the same time?

Over the course of the next 6 months, I'll provide updates on the vegetable garden plot. Good luck and happy planting!

SuzySharpEyes (April 7/22)

gray wooden crate beside link fence
gray wooden crate beside link fence

Story Origin

I am always looking for new author sites and opportunities to promote new works. That said, I stumbled across the Story Origin site. This is a site for authors supporting authors. All genres are represented.

You can create an account for free on Story Origin. There are different levels of membership you can purchase in order to access support tools and create author activity tracking. The free information available under the Tutorials on the website includes:

  • How to generate and promote your mailing list

  • How to find reviewers and beta readers

  • How to promote your work through email campaigns and group promos

  • How to collect, interpret and use feedback

If you are looking for more information, please access the Story Origin site;

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SuzySharpEyes (March 28/22)

brown wooden book shelves in library
brown wooden book shelves in library

Volunteering at the Library

At the beginning of March, I started volunteering one afternoon a week at my local library. All the joys of the Dewey Decimal system surrounded me! It has been great fun being out for more than just the trip to the grocery store. I've met many new interesting people with the same love of all things written.

Being in a small town, the library tends to be a hub of activity. Many children's and family activities were held last week during March break. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Aside from the head librarian (Kacie) and our efficient systems guru (Heidi), the remaining 30 members of the staff are volunteers.

SuzySharpEyes (March 23/22)

International Women's Day March 8, 2022

The Government of Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) March 8, 2022, is Women Inspiring Women.

"It celebrates all the women and girls who inspire us by demonstrating leadership in the choices they make in their day-to-day lives to contribute to the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. In Canada, unlike in many other countries, women are free to study and be leaders in the field they choose, care and provide for their family, express who they are, and fight for their beliefs. " (from

group of women sitting on chair while listening
group of women sitting on chair while listening

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