Canada Day Celebrations

There was so many events going on this past weekend!!  I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you celebrated!  We ended up inviting friends and family for an open house in Waterside. It was a gorgeous weekend for weather so we were glad it worked out the way it did. Next year we may do it a different weekend because people were so busy with other Canada Day celebrations!

We had some neat visitors for the start of the weekend that we weren’t expecting. Mark captured some wonderful shots of these old cars that passed by in front of our place. They were part of  “The Great Race” featuring vintage cars travelling from Buffalo, NY to Halifax, NS. We had a hoot watching them come down the hill in their various decorations and attire. Mark captured some beautiful images of them and added some artistic flair. I just love the vintage feel they evoke. Makes you feel you were back in the 1900s!

I picked up some neat items at a neighborhood yard sale a couple weekends ago and was so excited to include them in our decor. First was this display case. I thought I had taken a before pic but I must have deleted it. Here it is finished with  a layer of typewriter black milk paint with schloss over top with a little distressing. It looks soo much better- it was a dark  reddish  tone before- I really love it and can’t wait to display different items in it. I need to find a little handle for it!

I found this cute wool hooked rug at the yard sales too- it was $20 . I couldn’t resist those maple leaves and the colours. I whipped up these pillows for the day as well using these pennants I got at My Home Mercantile in Moncton on Main St. It is the cutest shop hosting many local handcrafted and Maritime wares. They also house My Home Apparel https://myhomeapparel.com/ featuring clothing with a Maritime and Canadian flavour  that are made in the old Stanfield Warehouse in Truro.

I stencilled up this little sign using a Dollar Store Canvas and Fusion Mineral paint.

Here are some pics of the actual party on Canada Day with food , sun and people . What a great combination! Notice the extra little visitors we had in the morning- we had a Mama groundhog and her 3 littles visit the yard. They were cute but how will they be when they grow up??

We had a great time. Thank you so much for spending your day with us all the way down in Waterside!

This was the day after the party when we felt more relaxed- a day on the beach, post party food and general relaxation on our last vacation day. I did bring out a blanket on the deck but that only lasted a few minutes. It was hot in Waterside this weekend. So grateful and blessed.

 

 

Where it all began- part 7

This week we are at the cottage so I thought I would share the last bedroom with you. It is also our daughter’s room who is  celebrating her 16th birthday this week! We are hoping to have a little Canada Day open house on Sunday so trying to do some projects for that also while we are there.

Rebecca had 2 wishes for her room- she wanted a loft bed and a hanging chair. We thought and looked at a lot of other people’s loft beds but in the end, the spot wasn’t quite right and we thought it really wouldn’t see her through to adulthood! We did manage to get her a hanging chair. It is a favourite seat for everyone. Some have even been found to be napping in it 🙂

The bed we built for her is raised up off the floor enough for us to store an extra cot for guests and functions more like a day bed. We took some salvaged boards that already had the right shades of blue/green from an old school near Norton  and used it as the “headboard” on the long side of the bed and to act as a back rest. Here are some construction photos:

Here are some photos of her bed all styled. We added some decorative lights which give a nice mood in the evening or on foggy days. Lots of comfy pillows encourage relaxation during the day. We recycled some curtains and curtain rings ,fused on some cute banner accents at the top and added some panels for length at the bottom. Notice what we used for the curtain rod! 🙂 We painted shelves with milk paint for display and as a clothes hangers. We found some salvaged hymnal holders from the Renovator’s Resource store in  Halifax to use as book holders. Driftwood and hooks made for a quick coat hanger as well. Her dresser was a $5 or $10 find on Kijiji that got a facelift with Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

 

 

I love the magnetic board I found at a yard sale. Rebecca glued shells and driftwood to magnets to display some of her artwork on it. Some hoop art and more upcycled objects completed her room. It was so much fun to create this room. It has a lovely summery beachy vibe to it.

 

We are spending the rest of this week celebrating Rebecca’s birthday and getting ready for Canada Day. How are you celebrating Canada Day? Remember Fundy Park will have free admission and there are lots of activities planned at the Albert County Museum and Hopewell Rocks is open as well!

We wanted to let you know we had a special feature in a local newsletter here called Connecting Albert County. It is a special publication this summer featuring water and the Bay of Fundy as the object. We put in our story about Waterside. You can check it out here and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter for lots of interesting stories from the Albert County area and a calendar of monthly events as well. http://connectingalbertcounty.org

We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!! Happy Canada Day!

 

 

A summer refresh

I want to start out this week and say thank you for all your kind comments about our last post by my husband Mark featuring his photography. If you are new here, go back 1 post and you can see his wonderful photos there.

Summer is officially here this week! I got a start on some projects for the cottage to spruce things up for the season. I get inspired by furniture painters and DIYers to create or update all the time. It is a great outlet plus it gives me an excuse to paint and create!

A theme this week seems to be tables and chairs. The first table is a standard plastic outdoor side table. The brown was not going with the rest of our furniture so I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint which is an acrylic that can go on almost any surface, has some UV protection in it and is waterproof.

 

I rented a stencil from Front Porch Mercantile that I remembered seeing on Muddaritaville’s site which you can look for here :https://muddaritavillestudio.com/

You can rent many of their stencils at Front Porch Mercantile now!

It turned out so cute- I had to adapt the stencil and used my own border around it to fit the table but I like it.

The next table I picked up at a yard sale. I was going to leave it outside too but it has a lip around it that is just going to collect water all the time (was not thinking of that!) so I brought it inside and added a design Mark made for us to represent our area and route we are on. I added some colour to the legs too.

The last table is one I showed before that I tried to redo and I still didn’t like it. I got Lisa from Front Porch Mercantile to help me use the new Stain and Finishing oil from Fusion to get the look I was after. She did one leaf for me then I tried to reproduce it on the rest of the table and chairs. I think I did pretty good. I love how it turned out. It looks more finished and is more durable now.  Here are the 3 stages the table has been in with the last being the current one.

 

 

I don’t know if I had mentioned but Mark has been busy the last few weeks building decks and door landings at the cottage. They are looking awesome – much better than the pallets we’ve had there for 3+years! We needed some furniture for said deck!  I had seen Jennylyn ( creator of Fusion Mineral Paint) paint some plastic furniture for outdoors with her paint so I thought I would try these old chairs I had at home. I love how they turned out as well. The paint went on so smoothly and just needed a couple coats.

The next chairs have quite a story. You can see below how they started and then how they look after I painted them with milk paint last summer. I covered them with 3 layers of outdoor varnish. They looked great for about 2 weeks….

Then they looked like this: faded and peeling after 2 weeks in the sun. I was so disappointed!!

I didn’t give up on them !! Here is what I did about 10 days ago: sanded them really well again and got out my trusty Fusion paint in Fort York Red. They have been out a week in the weather and so far so good. I will probably do another coat for a more solid colour on them.

Well that was fun. Can you tell I love to paint and make things beautiful? It’s so easy! You can do it too! You can find all this paint at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton.

I’ll give you one more glimpse of the decks and door steps Mark has been building for us-I’ll do a separate post later when we’ve got them all syled up.  I got an idea to stencil a blue heron on our new areas from Danielle Driscoll’s blog Finding Silver Pennies. She had done a little whale on her wooden door mat that I thought looked so cute. We love the herons in Waterside so I cut out a little stencil on my Silhouette machine. Danielle has lots of nautical ideas and loves to paint as well.  She even has a book on  painted furniture techniques and does some lovely watercolors as well. You can find her here https://www.findingsilverpennies.com/

We are on vacation next week! Guess where we will be as much as we can? I will try to get a post out for next Wednesday  featuring another room in the cottage. Stay well and maybe get in touch with your creative side this week doing whatever makes you happy.

Happy Summer!

A man and his camera

I have a very special guest for this week’s post in honour of Father’s Day. He is a special man in my life and the life of my kids. He is an awesome photographer, has a great sense of humour, is patient , kind and very generous. He has even developed some mean building skills in the past few years that have enhanced our cottage and saved us money. Without further ado, I introduce you to my better half , the one who makes me smile everyday and supports me in all I do. He is my partner in life, husband and father of my children- Mark Nicolle!

I feel honoured to be asked to contribute to this wonderful blog about the Road to Waterside.  Thank you Sheila for asking if I would contribute today’s post and share some of my favourite photos of the area !  

 

My father instilled in me a love for the outdoors with many fishing, hunting, camping trips, very often along the Fundy coast region.  That love of the outdoors brought me continually to the Waterside and Fundy National Park region. By the time I could drive I was ‘down country’ more weekends than I wasn’t during the summers. I first met Sheila about 28 years ago around this time of year. On one of those ‘first dates’ we travelled the Road to Waterside on our way to Fundy National Park.  We have travelled that road multitudes of times since then, and Lord willing many more times to come. I have been so blessed to be able to share my love of this region all over again through sharing it with our 2 children as they have grown up.  

 

Through all of my relationship with Sheila and during our years of raising our children I have also had a passion for photography.  34 years ago I put down my lawn mowing money at a pawn shop and picked up my first ‘real’ camera. A few years after that I got a job in a camera shop that provided employment through high school, university, and for awhile after that.  I have always enjoyed being able to ‘create’ images and to share things I have seen, thus the name of my photo web site www.marksawthis.com  . I love to create images that are visually pleasing, but more than that, I like creating a visual journal.  I do want to create an interesting image. An image that would share the beauty or interest that I am trying to capture.  But what I believe we all love the most about our images is that memory, that feeling, that moment of our lives that a photograph can return us to.

 

With that in mind I want to share with you 13 images I have taken along the Road to Waterside.  Images that are a journal of years of driving to a place I love , with people I love.


This is Anderson Lighthouse.  It used to sit on a wharf at Waterside beach which has long since washed away.  It now sits in Harvey at one end of the Shepody Dam Road. I love the image because the light was so eerie and soft, and the sky was so interesting.  I have memories from the 1980s cutting across this dirt road on my way to my friend Chris’s Camp which was on Route 915.


Many will recognize Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park.  I have more photos of Dickson Falls than any man should. This is one of my Favorites. I could probably dig out some film photos from before there were stairs and boardwalks at the base of the falls. Do you have photos of Dickson Falls in your collection ?

Owl’s Head is certainly one of the most recognizable geological features you see from Fundy National Park.  The way it often catches and forces the Bay of Fundy fog upwards can look quite spectacular. This day had just the right amount of fog to be interesting to me.  The crows in the foreground make this image one I have favourited. There are not many birds more common as the crow around these parts. But I’ve often thought of creating a collection of interesting crow photos.


This is probably my favorite photo of a deer / fawn.  It was at Point Wolfe. Park staff had ‘flagged’ the path for the ‘Ship Haven Trail’ that was to be built the next year, so I thought I would get a sneak peek at the vistas it would offer. The sun was low, streaking through the tall trees.  A doe had just walked over the ridge in front of me and I felt disappointed I had missed the opportunity to get a photo of it. Then behind her came this fawn. The first shutter release piqued her ear , and afforded this pose for my second.  It was such a beautiful moment I almost didn’t care if the photo came out OK or not. It was such a memorable moment. Of course I did care that later when I developed the photos, I had an image that would be a favourite for the years to come.


I’m being verbose, I’ll babble less.  This is Long Marsh Creek on Route 915 at the bridge where you turn off to the Cape Enrage Road.  The timing made this image, ‘slack water’ that short time when there is very little movement in a tidal stream, sunset, freshly fallen snow. All these happened at the same time, and at the time I was driving past.

 Cape Enrage lighthouse.  How many have visited here before they restored the lighthouse keepers home, before the fences, before the gate and entrance fees ?  This was the early rays of light bathing the cape in late fall.

Above from many moons ago,  is my daughter during a visit to Mary’s Point.  I like so many things about this image, mostly that it brings back the memory of a beautiful evening with my family. Below are our kids sauntering along the Dickson Falls trail in Fundy National Park.  

Don’t like the weather ?  Wait a few minutes and it will change.  I have the feeling this saying is not unique to just the maritimes.  But I do like the next 3 images and how they clearly show just how much impact the weather can have on how a place looks. I specifically like how Matthew’s Head in the distance just disappears completely by the third image.  I like the drama in the sky in the first , the softness of the light in the second, and the highlights of the sun hitting the fog in the third These were taken from the driveway in Waterside. There’s a lesson somewhere in the fact that unsettled weather is what made these images valuable to me.


This image was sunrise at Redhead, before the latest bit of erosion removed some more of it.  Yet another lesson for me to ‘seize the day’ , and to do things while you can.

I’ll end with a simple silhouette of the Great Blue Heron.  For Sheila and I the great blue heron has come to represent our special place in Waterside.  For years we have enjoyed watching them and we still feel a special awe when we see them gliding overhead to the marsh, standing motionless as they fish, or preening in the sun as they are perched along the treeline.

Thank you for tagging along this photo journey on the Road to Waterside.  I hope you have many photos from the road trips that have meant so much to you in your lives.  Take some time this week to dig them out and let them bring you back to the days when you captured them. Let us know about your favourite road trips.

Thank you so much Mark, that was beautiful. I love it all and you!  Happy Father’s Day.

As a special thank you for following along and promoting our page and blog, we are giving away an 8 x 10 of any image you see on this post or on Mark’s website. We will do a random draw from any shares,likes and comments on this post or on our Facebook page “The Road to Waterside”. Draw will be made on Father’s Day!

Where it all began – Part 6

Welcome back to the cottage tour! We will go across the hall to my son’s room. I had a lot of fun using some recycled pieces, some new pieces and some DIY with lots of milk and chalk paint to create his nautical themed room.

Here are some before pics of the space and pieces of furniture before their transformations!

See later on how I tried to cover that electrical box!!

We used old fence boards for a planked wall feature. We just washed them really well and sealed with Fusion’s Tough Coat. We also built  a platform bed and covered it with fence boards as well.

A sad garage sale find. It looks much better after with a little paint and decoupage!

Got this antique dresser for a good price- the drawers are a little wonky! I had a vision for this one!

Here are the after photos taken by my resident photographer!

I didn’t get any photos of the headboard being made but it’s just a piece of plywood we cut out, glued and stapled some batting and fabric- voila!

That chair in the corner was the 1st piece I ever painted in chalk paint. A piece of found wood on the beach stands in the corner with all the original color left on it.

I really love that Artissimo blue milk paint and the decoupaged maps on his dresser. I was inspired by a wonderful furniture painter named Danielle from the Finding Silver Pennies blog who redid a dresser with this similar style.

Thanks for coming along on this tour!  Enjoy the Spring weather and we’ll see you again on The Road to Waterside!

P.S. If you are on Instagram, our new username is @theroadtowaterside . Come follow along to see more of what goes on with life in Albert County and anything else that inspires us! It may inspire you as well.

 

Room Makeover!- part 1

Rebecca’s getting a makeover! Or more precisely, her room is getting a makeover. It has been long overdue but we are finally committing to it. We have done a few things over the years but this will be a little more grown up with some input from her. I love a new project!! We have (had) a limited budget and will be keeping most of her furniture but updating it with paint and putting in some DIY accessories. She has become an avid reader the past couple years so she does want a big bookcase and a comfy chair to read in. She wants light and fresh with touches of light pink and maybe gold or grey touches. We are hoping to get a lot from IKEA as well to accessorise.

Here are some before photos and some of the building blocks we are working with to recreate her space. 

 

I think we are going to stick to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom colour for sprucing everything up. Stay tuned for the final reveal!! We have most of it done now. It has turned out really nice. Rebecca is pleased so that makes me happy too!

We are heading to the cottage this weekend- finally!! Making plans for some outdoor projects and maybe repainting and redoing some furniture I initially painted in 2014.We’ll check out all that is happening in Fundy ( like the new Mountain Bike Trail and Wolfe Lake Visitor’s Centre! ) and just soaking it all in.  I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and I hope you get to head down the Road to Waterside as well this weekend. It should be lots of fun!

 

Mother’s Day

Grace upon grace to you Mothers out there as we look forward to Mother’s day. (This post is a bit reflective and creative so hang in there!) We don’t always get it right and we walk around with a lot of guilt sometimes. Can I get an amen? As I approach Mother’s Day each year I always start to feel the baggage and guilt of what I haven’t done well as a mother and how my journey as a mother is not how I imagined it. I feel like I have not taught my kids enough, not been kind enough, not listened enough, not memorised enough Bible verses, etc. The list could go on and on.

My 2 favourite mothers I like to listen to are Ann Voskamp and Ruth Chou Simons. One is an artist in word and one in paint both raising large families. Everything they write or paint with words speaks to my soul. I feel like I’m not alone in how I process my feelings or how I’m feeling as a mother and woman in the world when I read their words. I would encourage you to find them on their websites if you need some inspiration and encouragement. Ann is at http://annvoskamp.com/2018/05/the-most-life-changing-thing-any-woman-can-do-for-herself-this-mothers-day-what-a-mother-actually-really-wants/

You can find Ruth at https://gracelaced.com/blogs/blog/if-we-were-having-coffee-today-speaking-truth-cuz-no-one-s-ever-grown-by-faking-it

These are their most recent posts. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram if you are on those social mediums as well.

Now let’s get to the creative side which is much more fun and lighthearted and keeps me sane on the days when chores and work seem to be the only things I do. I need this creative side as an outlet to fill my tank so that I can be a better wife, mother and worker. You can check out this article from Focus on the Family that really spoke to me too lately. https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/content/why-self-care-is-important-to-your-marriage

So I usually host Mother’s Day and I hadn’t started planning until a few days ago. When I finally sat down Sunday night to figure out my theme and how to present and DIY some gifts I had bought at IKEA recently, I came across a sweet printable set for Mother’s Day on thediymommy website http://thediymommy.com/french-country-inspired-mothers-day-printable-card-tags/ and that got me thinking about having lavender themed items. I have been a little obsessed about lavender the last few years. I have even tried planting some in Waterside and hope they thrive!  My daughter and I travelled to Seafoam, NS last summer for their Lavender Festival. What a beautiful drive along that shore. We stopped at a few other places recommended by Lori of http://www.farmfreshstyle.ca/. I think we are going to plan an overnight trip next time because 1 day was not enough time to see everything! The lavender festival is July 14th and 15th this year. You can check out their website and Facebook page also to find out more! https://lavendercanada.com/

As I mentioned I had picked up a few items at IKEA to use in my DIY gifts and I picked up an old wooden shelf at Alter Girl in Hopewell Cape recently as well. I thought they would all go splendidly together with some Milk Paint. I am always on the lookout for wood or fabric that I can paint or stencil !

Here you can see the sweet little cards and tags I printed out from thediymommy as my inspiration. I gave the wooden utensils a little pattern with Farmhouse White and Dried Lavender paint colours and sealed with hemp oil for protection.

Next is the shelf painted in Trophy and the lovely linen tea towel stencilled with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.

 

I love how it all came together!!

I had one of my daughter’s photos from our Lavender trip enlarged to be used as place mats, picked up some Lavender plants at our local grocery and garden centres which made for some quick table decor.

 

Thank you to my wonderfully talented and patient husband for his carefully curated photos and putting up with my craziness the last 2 days.

This is a photo taken from a few years ago of my niece, mother-in-law, mother, me, daughter and grandmother on another Mother’s Day. Most of us will be around the table again this year. Thankful for God’s grace and mercy. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day not matter what role you find yourself in this year.

 

 

Where it all began- part 5

Time for another look at our finished cottage. We are moving to the master bedroom. I was going for a peaceful, French inspired feeling in this room with lots of whites and neutrals and a touch of black.  Again we used lots of collected pieces from yard sales and kijiji and the magic of paint and fabric to make them new and pretty.  I will show you some of the projects we also made ourselves to keep costs down.

A bed was 1st on our list. This simple design was off the Ana White/Shanty 2 Chic websites. Besides finishing off trim in the cottage, this was one of Mark’s 1st forays into building furniture. I think he did a great job!! We love the bed, I remember feeling so rested when we had spent the 1st few nights down there. It’s peaceful and quiet and dark. Some nights we keep the window open to hear the fog horn from Cape Enrage and the waves off the beach.  It’s so easy to sleep there!!

 

You can see a bit of the bed peeking out here. I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Schloss- I love this color! I have used it quite a bit in the cottage. Topped it with an old door for a headboard. It was starting to chip and peel in places so I just took off what wanted to come off and left the rest of the old paint as is.

I took this little old table/desk and lamp and turned it into this:

I painted the table with Fusion mineral paint, made a little skirt out of drop cloth and stencilled a French script over it.I also painted that little luggage holder and gave it some new webbing.

Next we had to put a door on the utility closet. I loved the look of the barn doors everyone seemed to be doing and we thought it would work the best in the space so decided to try to make one ourselves.  We got the hardware from our local Coop farm store on the advice of Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile. She had done a sweet barn door on her bathroom in her shop in Lower Coverdale so she let me in on how they had hung theirs for a fraction of the cost of commercial hardware.

Here is the prep for the door: just plywood and 1×3 ‘s and used a decorative faux tin panel for the top.

Here it is in place, painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Farmhouse White and more Schloss. The hanging hardware is quite plain with the bare metal. I still haven’t decided whether to paint it or not.

A few more shots from around the room- The license plates were found in an antique shop in Halifax representing the years we were born. The New Brunswick sign was made by Follow Your  Heart Woodworking in O’Leary,  PEI.

I still love our room. I wish I had a bit more room for extra furniture but it is definitely comfortable for a cottage bedroom!

Next week we will be focusing on projects and ideas for Mother’s Day! Thanks again for stopping by.

Remember our new blog address is simply www.theroadtowaterside.com !

 

 

Down memory lane- part 1

Since it’s my birthday tomorrow I thought I would share a little more about me and my background with the Fundy region. I love looking back at where people come from and reading their biographies so I thought it would be fun to go down memory lane to some familiar spots in Fundy where my family has spent some time. Some of these are priceless.

These 2 photos are oldies from my husband’s side of the family. I can see with our mutual love for the area it was inevitable we would be drawn together and want to build down there. When I see this sign I think of my son working at the the Fundy Guild gift shop last summer- he got lots of questions from people asking where Alma was, 🙂 Maybe we still need this sign up there!

It’s amazing how little this building has changed!! I’m glad the flowers are still as nice!

Summer of ’69- My Mom and Dad at Fundy with my grandparents at Bennett Lake before they headed off to UNB. These are some old pics so bear with me in the quality department. We are talking vintage here!

The playground and green space was and still is popular with families.

 

This was one of our favourite beaches to explore down in Alma at the border of the park when the tide was out. We were so disappointed to see what was done to this beautiful landscape this spring with the man made addition- totally changes the feel, view and memory of this special beach.

Some fun days camping at Headquarters- picking fiddle heads, getting lobster and sticky buns, going to the evening programs at the Amphitheatre, hiking- all wonderful memories.

Some of our favourite look out spots ( we would sometimes have extra kids tag along 🙂 )

One of our favourite spots for picnics! Can’t believe this look off area is the same!!

Had to include this last one since it’s just down the road from our place in Waterside- Cape Enrage has changed a lot as well since we started going here. Looking forward to what the new director has in store for this beautiful gem and treasure of NB.

If you are curious, here is what the seeds look like after a week at home. Not sure if this is how they are supposed to look. One tray got fried in the oven when my son turned it on my accident. Oops, will try planting some more. If any of you have any advice, let me know!!

The random winner of the package of seeds goes to my Mom!

Thanks for reading everyone. Hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather we have had this week!

Until next time!!

 

Seeds to sow

While I love the idea of watching things grow and knowing I grew something from seed, the only experience I had with it was when I was 1st married and did try growing a bunch of plants from seed. Needless to say, I didn’t try it again. The plants were so flimsy and pathetic looking that it was just easier the next few years to buy plants all ready to put in the ground.

I still love the idea of growing my own plants though. So when I heard Farmer Brown (http://farmerbrowns.ca ) was going to give a demonstration on seed starting for Seedy Saturday (sponsored by Foods of the Fundy Valley)  in Hillsborough, I thought I would check it out again. LIsa aka “Farmer Brown” was very helpful and informative. She has had lots of experience owning a greenhouse business for ~ 17 years and working for growers before that. Apparently she supplies the flowers for Fundy Park and the City of Moncton. If you have loved seeing those flowers as much as I have you know she has sound knowledge and experience and great quality plants as a result. I have never visited her greenhouses but always try to see what she has going on when we drive by going the “back” way to the cottage. We will have to visit her this year and get a tour around her place.

This was Farmer Brown’s booth set up with some lovely looking specimens

Some of her top tips was to make sure the soil is not too wet or dry when trying to germinate the seeds. Start with a non soil mix and keep the soil  : seed ratio small at 1st like the size of an egg carton or smaller. They like warmth so she suggested a great spot is in your closed oven with the light on ( not the heat !) to help them germinate.  You may need to mist 3-4 x/day to keep them moist. Most seeds do not need to be covered but you can cover with some vermiculite so the new plant is able to get rid of its seed head as it pokes through the dirt.  Once you see the 1st set of true leaves ( not the 1st 2 leaves- that’s called the Cotyledon!) you need to start to fertilize with a 12:4:14 type fertilizer. You don’t want long and leggy plants!  You want more leaves than stem and a compact plant growing for optimal transplanting potential and harvest.

Once the seeds have germinated you need to move them to a light source to get stronger and bigger. She said a basic fluorescent set up is all you need and keep it about 6 inches above the plant for 14-16 hours to simulate the light from outdoors. Most plants need to be transplanted into bigger containers before they get outside- timeline seems to vary for this depending on your plant.  There was a little debate about when it’s safe to plant outdoors. Lisa mentioned it even depends what side of the road and where frost hits first that may determine when and where you are safe to plant.

This was the Cochrane Family Farm booth from Upper Stewiacke

Some of the booths set up for Seedy Saturday

There were lots of great people at Seedy Saturday. Here were some of the vendors:

Farmers Browns Greenhouse- www.farmerbrowns.ca/
Mapple Farms- www.mapplefarm.com/
Fundy Farms- www.facebook.com/FundyFarmslocalharvest/
Annapolis Seeds- www.annapolisseeds.com/
Bee Wise BeeKeeping- www.facebook.com/beewisebeekeeping/
Hillsborough Farmers Market- https://www.facebook.com/Hillsboroughnbfarmersmarket
Cochrane Family Farm- www.cochranefamilyfarm.com
Bear Roots Forest- www.bearrootsforest.ca
Tansy Lane Herb Farm- http://www.tansylane.ca/
Jems Preserves-
The Saucy Apron-
Canadian Hemp Creations-
Curryville Community Center- Veseys Bulb Fundraiser

After seeing all that wonderful inspiration I decided to experiment on my own after my fails from many moons ago. I ordered some seeds from Rainbow Seeds in Riverside-Albert  who have an online business selling Heirloom and Non-GMO seeds. I then visited Jill ( aka Miss Fancy Farmer http://www.missfancyfarmer.ca/) at the local Coop to get my soil, vermiculite and fertilizer. Here is what I’m starting with:

I’ve put in corn, green beans, sugar pie pumpkins, pickling and Armenian cucumbers. The other seeds like carrots and lettuce I can sow in June I think and they will do well on their own. I want to give the other stuff a head start if I plan to try them at the cottage in the fog and wind. So we’ll get these babies in the oven for a few days and see how they do. Follow along to see how they and I fare!

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Oh I almost forgot!! I ordered an extra pack of mixed lettuce seeds I’d like to send a lucky reader. Leave a comment or subscribe and I’ll pick a name and send you some seeds you can plant for yourself!!