Happy Summer !

First of the seasons Potatoes 🙂

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There is no doubt that growing potatoes in the ground is ideal, and thats what we did this year with most of them.  I havent given up on growing them in  pots , but this year it is only 3 in a very shady spot and Im holding back on watering , lets see how they do.

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The scapes are ready 🙂

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French Breakfast Radish: Does any one else find Radishes  finiky to grow?  With this little veg, I have more success in pots but as usual I keep trying to grow them in garden just to see if maybe, this time, itll be better…Ha!

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Speaking of being a sucker for punishment…its round 4 for planting peas , they were looking so good, then today I found them like this

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Odd how they are just feasting in my yard , they being the birds, Finch,  for any one who missed my previous rant about how they are devouing my peas! Hmmm…. if I give up will they move to the neighbours garden?? ?

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I am hoping they’ll leave our berries alone…

At least the greenhouse is realativley pest free, except for the slugs and white fly…

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Eggplant & Peppers are doing really well, so far…

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More seedlings are ready to go out…

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and we are waiting patiently for tomatoes to ripen, garlic to harvest, cucumbers, beans, squash, carrots, fresh dill, basil, mmm…

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all those good tastes of summer , well worth the wait!

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June: Berry Season Has Begun

The Strawberry season was early this year starting a few weeks ago….

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We went Berry picking at this great farm on Oilfield Road…

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Its a beautiful setting and their berries are delicious…

We preserve most of ours by making Jam. I really love making it without  pectin and not too sweet. If you’re interested, this is a great web site  to learn how. Pectin Free Jam You’ll find all kinds of interesting recipes and gardening tips here as well! 🙂


Planning a Winter & Spring Garden for The Pacific Northwest

I know its hard to shift your thoughts to winter when its just starting to feel like summer …

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but if you would like to have fresh veggies in the garden all winter, its time to get your seeds purchased, organized and  started!

This next week is the time to seed Brussel sprouts and Cabbages that require a long growing season, like January King or Late Red.

Mid -late June is the best for overwintering Cauliflower and Purple Sprouting Broccoli. The first week in July is when you can seed your last crop of carrots and beets , this is also a good time for kale & chard. In August,  seed fall and winter lettuce, Chinese cabbages and other spinach and  frost hardy lettuce.

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Ok, I’m heading out to the greenhouse to get a few of these going….