April Showers…

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they are welcomed today, the garden is getting dry…..

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its also a good time to blog ;)

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The pansies are looking so cheery

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the daffodils are fading , but there is new growth coming up daily

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Earlier this month,it looked like the  tomatoes, cucumber & basil were all sick..I had moved them into the greenhouse, several weeks ago. Well, it must have been too early, the nights were too cold, even with a heater.. and perhaps there wasn’t enough light…

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once they were in the garage,  back on the grow stand, they picked up  and are growing really well!

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Whew!! Over 100 tomato plants !!!

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Cucumbers are also looking good, but, almost all of the basil, is gone…somethings don’t recover from a chill..I knew I was pushing it , starting them so early!!! Luckily its not too late to seed more..

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We also a few peppers, squash, eggplant and radishes sprouting under the lights….

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The strawberries have been transplanted after overwintering in the garden…

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they are in the greenhouse in gutters ! We’ve moved both gutters to the west side this year, we had much better production there , the east side is too hot!

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After only a couple of days, the flowers started to appear :)

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Here are few more pictures from the back yard…

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The Lilac is just starting to open …

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Spring Flowers & Seedlings

Its been 2 weeks since I took these pictures, and already so much has changed in the Garden! Here’s the update anyways, I’m late posting it..

My apologies to friends and family on the other side of the rock pile ( you know who you are )… don’t hate me ;)

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Rosemary In Bloom

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Heather & Daffodils

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Pansies & Tulips almost ready to bloom..

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Magnolia Buds

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Re potting seedlings

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I’ve added a few pictures of the veggie beds also..

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These will have to come out pretty soon, to make way for the new seedlings..

We’ve planted potatoes in a couple of beds and over them, planted Mustard Greens and Corn Salad!  Kale & Spinach starts are ready to go in and the Strawberries are getting transplanted, today, into the gutters and back in the Greenhouse! Well I had better get some work done…will follow up again shortly! :)



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March Update

Winter finally arrived, Feb was a crazy month…

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still lots to do indoors like starting seeds..

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this has been my grow light set up for a few years..

it worked well enough..but this year we decided to start a little more than usual..

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this is what we came up with , Jeff did a great job building it :)

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its in our home office, for now, planning to  find a home for it in the garage, if its not too cold…

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it makes a huge difference having more light

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the snow didn’t last long , now its time to clean up and plant a few things that over due…

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I had hoped to dig this bed up before Xmas for winter potatoes

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I thought there may be a few and  by now they would be mush…

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there wasn’t many but all of them were beautiful, no bugs and a nice size!

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Enough for dinner ;)


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Seedy Saturday

This is a popular Garden/Seed Show & Sale , Its been years since I’ve been , it was interesting and busy..I’m not such a fan of crowds, it was awkward to take pictures and difficult to get to the tables,

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especially the mushroom guys! Their kits were very cool , and what a great selection  Oyster,Shiitake, Chanterelle, Portobello, Crimini or White Button mushrooms, one table was pretty much sold out in 1 1/2 hrs…Wow, the other had a limited selection left, we didn’t take one but we’ll go back to see him !

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there were lots of plants and seedlings

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oh yes and seeds…..with out much patience for waiting and jostling in line , only a few came home  ;)

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I did find some organic  seed potatoes , a Lee Valley Gardening catalogue, Love looking through them..

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This is what I was looking for !

Oca ( Oxalis tuberosa or New Zealand Yams) & Sun-chokes  ( Jerusalem Artichokes)

I’ve read that they are a great  winter staple harvested late in the year. Once you have them you don’t need to purchase tubers again just save a few to put back in the garden. I’ve added a link to these as well with nutrition information !

Thank-you to the kind lady for giving me a warning regarding  Sun chokes,  it will spread so if you aren’t diligent with digging them up you may regret planting it…hmmmm, maybe a big pot will work :)


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February Update

Here’s a few pictures of whats happening in the garden..

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Daffodil buds are showing…

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Celery transplants are still there..( I started this blog a few days ago and since then we’ve had some unusually  cold temperatures,  the only loss in the garden was the celery ..I should have used some frost cloth, maybe it’ll recover… In the meantime there are more signs of life ..

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Lemons are staying toasty with a little help…

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Salad Burnet has nice new growth

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Swisss Chard recovering from the frost…

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January King Cabbage

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Small Broccoli Shoots  

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& Greens…

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Rhubarb Crowns

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Taller Garlic Greens

There is plenty of work to do to, like…cleaning up

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my least favorite task ;) Continue reading


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Its time to get started ….

Yes..indeed, it does seem early but look …the first crocus in the yard :)

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If you haven’t already, sow some seeds indoors: onions & leeks… oops ;) this should have been done last month in the Northwest…

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We just used the last of our Shallots ( Ambition), they were amazing ,  we’ll grow them again, along with Walla Walla onions., this is the 2nd crop that we started in Aug. Green onions are going in as well..Broad Beans are next, directly in the garden after this week of frosty weather passes.

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which reminds me … the Hummingbirds are relying on their feeders especially in freezing temps, they need to be kept full & thawed out…

Well…there is more planning to do, sorting out seeds and adding to the collection…lol..then plant…here we go…  :)


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Paperwhites : Narcissus tazetta

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Have you ever tried growing these? It’s my first time!

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This set was a Christmas present,  5 bulbs, some porous rocks, a plastic liner & the box with instructions..place the bulbs on top of the rocks , set the base of the bulb into the rocks , add water..TaDa..an indoor garden!

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this is after 2 weeks, they are almost ready to bloom…amazing!

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they get quite tall, I fed them alcohol as per instructions, to stunt their growth

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perhaps they needed more,  I just tied them up

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the blossoms are incredibly fragrant & beautiful!

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The petals are luminous, can you see the shimmer?

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I tried to capture that in this painting …

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