Planting Weekend

Traditionally, the last week in May, culminating with the 3-day Memorial weekend, is my prime planting time.  I usually take the entire week off from work and there is a huge push to get all new perennials, seedlings sown indoors, dahlia tubers, and all directly seeded veggies and annuals, such as zinnia, nasturtiums, and cosmos in... Continue Reading →

More Flowers

The crescendo is beginning to build.  The peonies are loaded with buds, the camassia just started to unfurl yesterday, many of the clematis are already 3-4' tall...in another couple of weeks, the June flowering will begin.  It's my favorite time in the garden. Lots of work to get done between now and then, if we... Continue Reading →

Walking around the garden

The rain had stopped by the time I arrived home after work.  I was happy to have the rain after a weekend of planting dahlias, containers, and seedlings in the vegetable garden (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and sweet peas).  It was a gentle, constant rain much of the day and the garden always benefits.    ... Continue Reading →

If you can’t garden outside…

Clearly I'm not able to get outside and do any cleanup with the snow and water on the ground, and likely won't be able to do so for awhile yet.  But the indoor "nursery" has been hopping for a few weeks now. I have roughly 200 plants in seed trays and pots right now, and I will sow... Continue Reading →

“PlantPure Nation”

Some disturbing facts from the documentary "PlantPure Nation": Large, mono-crop agribusinesses use fuel-intensive equipment and high amount of pesticides and herbicides; trillions of dollars in subsidies are provided to these companies every year in the U.S. - at the expense of the health and wellbeing of U.S. citizens The number of small farms in the U.S. have... Continue Reading →

Finding my “Happy Place”

Since the inauguration of "Trump the Terrible," like most of the world, my emotions have ranged from rage, deep depression and, after his 1st week in office, sheer terror and horror. I realize that much of the blather coming out of the White House is just that, and much of it, I hope, will never... Continue Reading →

An Early Morning in the Veg Garden

Thankfully, a brief thunder-storm and some much needed rain arrived last night around 10pm.  Everything has looked so sad and brown without our usual, weekly rain fall.   I woke up this morning and brought the dogs out to the orchard area while I tended to the hens, ducks and sheep.  Although they have a... Continue Reading →

Late June in the Veg Garden

Things get off to a slower start up here, so the vegetable garden is really just beginning to show signs of life.  Granted we've been harvesting asparagus, lettuce and kale for a few weeks already.  But to many, the garden would have looked remarkably bare until a few days ago.  Progress has not been aided... Continue Reading →

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