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Early August update in Western WA

Post  Momma Pajama on 8/3/2010, 9:48 am

Hello SFG friends! Here's an update of the happenings in Edmonds, WA this summer!

Above is a view of our 4 SFG veggie beds from my living room picture window. Yes, my SFG is in the FRONT yard (see the street in the background?) I really enjoy it, walk by it on my way to and from the car, and get lots of comments and compliments from the dog-walkers as I check the garden in the evenings. Notice the potato in the front left bed in the potato tower box. Note to self: NO potatoes in with the other veggies! This guy is 5 feet tall and I have him tied up in a ponytail to give the other plants a chance at some sun!


This is a baby Delicata squash hidden under the ENORMOUS leaves. FYI, Delicata is more bush shaped so you don't need to worry about long vines!


Here are calendulas growing right through the protective netting. These are in my 5th SFG box, which is all low-growing strawberries and filet bush beans, so the netting is just over some PVC hoops to keep the squirrels and coons out.


Many, MANY green tomatoes are forming on my 2 Stupice tomato plants, and some as well on my 2 San Marzano Romas and cherry tomatoes. The Brandywines and Better Boy are full of blossoms, but they all seem to drop instead of set fruit... Hmmmm.


Our first Anne raspberry fruit! We planted bareroot plants from Raintree Nursery this spring and they are doing well. We shared the one berry and it was fabulous!Very Happy


This is my first year to have producing zucchinis! The green one is prolific, but has chronic blossom-end rot. A calcium deficiency I have read? Any tips?


On the contrary, the yellow zukes are doing wonderfully, with no rot. But I filled this bed later, with a different combination of composts (which, of course, I did not record) so maybe they have happier soil.


My first try at an eggplant. This "Millionaire" variety, a super-early, was purchased as the largest start possible in June from Sky Nursery. It has several babies on it. My other eggplant, a "Fairytale" seems to be just that: a fairytale. It looks the same as when I planted it!:cry:


I will DEFINITELY be planting sweet peas again next year! They just keep blooming and blooming (I am sure to keep picking off all the dead blossoms) and they fill the whole front yard with their perfume! They have blessed many friends and strangers with impromptu bouquets!


Lastly, these are strawflowers. My grandma used to grow them on her farm to use in dried flower arrangements. They are so cool, they look like they are made of straw or shiny plastic - unreal! You pick the heads and put them on floral wire stems and dry them upside down and they will hold their color for years! I have a pink and a purple plant this year. I think I'll "need" more next year!

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Re: Early August update in Western WA

Post  chocolatepop on 8/3/2010, 10:47 am

WOW, momma WOW!

Impressive!! those strawflowers are really nice. Gonna look for them last year. And I know what you mean about sweet peas, certainly gonna grow more next year, mine were mowed down.
I planted delicata but they didnt germ Sad

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Re: Early August update in Western WA

Post  camprn on 8/3/2010, 10:55 am

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

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Re: Early August update in Western WA

Post  Momma Pajama on 8/3/2010, 11:58 am

I bought the Delicata squash as a large start at the local farmer's market to replace some cantaloupes that croaked.

If you buy strawflower seed, I suggest starting them indoors in peat pots and letting them get quite big before you plant out IF slugs are a problem in your area: slugs LOVE them and I've lost a lot to them.

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Re: Early August update in Western WA

Post  sceleste54 on 8/3/2010, 8:51 pm

What a lovely garden !! Your photos are fantastic !!

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Photos from Aug 11 including an invader!

Post  Momma Pajama on 8/13/2010, 9:32 am


This is an overhead view of one of my 4 veggie beds. The grid is barely visible anymore! In the top left corner is a 5 foot Stupice tomato, next to a Delicata squash and an enormous nasturium. Smaller are a square of basil and some mixed lettuce starts.


On the right side of the same 3' x 8' bed is a tiny watermelon that never grew, a sugar pie pumpkin, a San Marzano Roma tomato I grew from seed, a square of strawflowers, and a yellow summer squash.


I have 2 Stupice tomatoes and they are LOADED with green tomatoes right now. Some at the bottom are starting to ripen! I have trained it up through the nylon trellis and it is now overshooting the top of the 5' trellis, with fruit all the way up. They are the most productive of the 8 types I planted.


The lavender is blooming along my front walk and is luring my neighbor/pastor's honey bees!


This photo taken on my cell phone is my New Zealand rabbit, Oscar. He is demonstrating how to handle my puny plastic fence to keep him out of my compost area and away from the garden gate to the veggies. Nom, nom, nom! One minute and a hole is made to get through!

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Re: Early August update in Western WA

Post  Ha-v-v on 8/13/2010, 9:53 am

Absolute beauty !!!!! You have done a beautiful job with those tomatoes!!! All of the garden is green and lush~ beautiful.
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Re: Early August update in Western WA

Post  Momma Pajama on 8/24/2010, 8:35 pm



My beans are really up and coming now. I planted 8 squares of each Blue Lake pole beans and Soleil filet bush beans. Yum! Just enough for a family meal every couple days!

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