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After the second summer....

Post  Selandra on 8/15/2010, 9:34 am

of living in a sauna... my husband and I are hoping to get back to the cool northwest. We lived in a highrise condo before on the north side so no veggie growing. Now we are planning to buy small with a couple acres.

So question... any good books or websites on what the best plants for the area? We are looking at the coast currently so I know that that holds it own issues.. I admit I will miss growing my watermelon (all which cracked this summer). Right now I am looking forward to growning lettuce that lasts for more than two weeks, though I did get another couple of summer's worth of seeds.

I miss WA!!!
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Re: After the second summer....

Post  Lavender Debs on 8/15/2010, 10:22 am

The quick answer.... anything by Steven Solomon is a good read for the maritime PNW.

This guy at The West Side Gardener is helpful but not very chatty.
http://westsidegardener.com/

He used to have a huge page with Deb TT called The Rainy Side. Deb is a co-author of a new blog called Muck About. Deb does more landscape and flowers but there is another co-author who uses the name Miss Snippy when blogging about veggies.
http://muckabout.typepad.com/mucking_about_a_northwest/

A copy of the Sunset garden book is a good reference tool.

The catalog from Territorial Seeds in Oregon usually holds good reference for wetside gardens. They trial their seed in a mountain valley in Oregon.
http://www.territorialseed.com/

Local health food co-op's are selling seed from Bellingham Washington. The farm is called Uprising Seed. Some of my best "discoveries" this year have come in Uprising packets. The farm is still so small that the owner answers e-mails asap.
http://uprisingorganics.com/

If you are seriously going costal (Forks, Longbeach etc.) You might want to look for Greenhearts garden from Lopez Island. They are geared toward uber-short season with a nod to what will produce sustainable garden seed in their extreme climate. They are so small that they do not have a web-page yet. I get my seed from the Skagit Valley co-op in Mt Vernon.

Then again, there is always Boffer. For as much as he can keep you giggling, he is a totally serious PNW gardener with a few years experience as a SFG in a less than ideal area.



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Post  Momma Pajama on 8/16/2010, 8:43 am

I would also suggest Ed Hume seed (another WA company) and Raintree Nursery http://www.raintreenursery.com/ which has awesome NW fruit trees and bushes.
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Post  Selandra on 8/16/2010, 10:07 am

Thank you guys for the links... I love checking out all the sights. One thing I'm going to try is figs!!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 8/16/2010, 10:50 am

Amen to Raintree!!! (Ed gets his seed from a Monsanto company if that matters to you). Ed's books are a good read.
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