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Re: The Toy Box (the return)

Post  shannon1 on 5/20/2011, 12:11 am

Those nuggets are growing faster than my cucumbers did. flower

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Fava Bean Flowers?

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/20/2011, 6:56 pm

I'm new to Fava Beans so I am just guessing that these are their flowers.

I hear that aphids can be an issue on Fava Beans. Sure enough there are ants wearing overalls and straw hats.

Cash Crop?

I wondered out loud if we would be able to divide this broccoli between the four of us. Chris thought it must be this year’s cash crop. That didn't sound encouraging.

Deborah....I actually thought "it's too hot" before I came to my senses and slapped myself silly.
One more day of sun in the PNW. The promise is for low pressure and the weather that comes with it by tomorrow.....just in time for us to go to Sequim to see friends. 71 degrees and baby blue sky today. I had to reacquaint myself with the watering can.

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Re: The Toy Box (the return)

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/21/2011, 11:01 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:Those nuggets are sooo cute!....we have been tossing the idea around since last summer......snip

We tossed the same idea about. I put one of my sons in charge of Easter baskets this year. Mine was chirping. Time table put into overdrive.

They spent last night out in their now diggs. When I went out to close off Guantanamo Lil'bit jumped on my shoulder and wouldn't get off. She wanted to go inside. I gave her the big girl talk and put her back in with her sisters (who love the perch)

Debs.....I need a life

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Just got home from Sequim Bay

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There wasn't any lavender. I cannot remember the last time I was in Sequim and there wasn't lavender. We did not bring the kayaks and we always paddle the bay. Even with Rudy we saw an amazing number of birds so that was nice. I had not been home 20 minutes when I was happily back out in the yard potting up determinant tomatoes. (already posted about that in the PNW Tomato Tuesday thread for May 24). Now that I have all these empty 12 inch pots I should start up-potting my eggplant and peppers tomorrow. Everything survived my absence. That little broccoli doubled in size. The indeterminate tomatoes in the tent have all turned a pretty shade of green. Some of the cauliflower I started in soil cubes has sprouted. They should go into the 4 inch pots that the eggplant and peppers will give up. What a game of shuffle.

Those pink nubs were blossoms on the fava beans. Look at them now! They just got prettier. The snow peas in the square close by are growing up. Beets look like it is time to make a side dish of the thinnings and the chard might become something yummy soon. The lettuce is still holding back though. Don't know what’s up with that. It seems like perfect lettuce weather. I've got to find some mulch for the potatoes and the leeks. The good news is that the lawn really needs to be mown.

Debs....even so, I wanna go back to Sequim
The thing is, I don't even know what the weather is going to be. It is pleasant enough outside right now, 65 degrees at a quarter to seven at night. No idea what tonight's low should be. I guess I'll find out tonight.

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Re: The Toy Box (the return)

Post  FamilyGardening on 5/25/2011, 1:07 am

your garden looks so lush!

sounds like you had a good time and everyone grew while you were gone Very Happy even the lawn LOL

how did the nugget do?

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Re: The Toy Box (the return)

Post  Furbalsmom on 5/25/2011, 3:46 am

Debs, that fava blossom is beautiful. Love the dark purple part inside the white with little stripes.

You need to go to Sequim in July, during the lavender festival. Heaven on earth!
My son got married at one of the lavender farms in Sequim, August 2009. Beautiful then too.

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Re: The Toy Box (the return)

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/25/2011, 11:10 am

@rose The nuggets were happy to see me. Their house is done but they would still like to come in at night and were hoping I might rescue them instead of making them be big girls and sleep outside.

@Val; we go to Sequim nearly every July for a number of reasons. The scent and the birds are important reasons. Seeing Elk in summer relax mode is another. A side trip to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park is another. We gave up long distance back packing due to injuries that get more intense with age but took up Kayaking and the waters of Sequim Bay are perfect for a day of easy paddling. But the best reason?


There is more beauty than just the Lavender Farms.


The Lavender Mocha's are an awesome way to start the day. Way kewl place for a wedding!

@FBmom Who would have thought I could still discover something new. Maybe discover is the wrong word.

Debs....who likes to go the week after the festival because it is far less crowded.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/25/2011, 12:30 pm

Debs....who likes to go the week after the festival because it is far less crowded
+1

Have you tried the lavender lemon Ice Cream?

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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/25/2011, 12:38 pm

@FBmom; YES! but I still love the blackberry lavender that I make myself. Lemons and lavender are SO good together. I make lavender-lemon curd for Christmas, sometimes at other times of year too. Mixed half and half with whipped cream in summer (remember summer?) the guys like it on shortcake.

Debs ....who just saw that it was your son, not Val's who got married on a lavender farm. (Purple Haze?)

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/25/2011, 1:13 pm

Debs said "Purple Haze"

Yes, the family of the groom (my other kids and their families) stayed in the cottage there. We had rehearsal dinner in the back yard of the cottage. We all enjoyed walking thru the veggie garden and small orchard as well as the lavender fields.

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One Small Harvest

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/28/2011, 12:47 pm


French breakfast radishes. Actually this is not the first harvest, I just forgot that I put them in an icy glass in the window so they would stay crisp and clean until supper time. Then I forgot to set them out. So here they are in the morning light.

I left that tiny little Nutri-bud Broccoli alone. It has got a little bigger, but I still would not call it "family size," in fact I wouldn't even call it a crudité yet.

Ray worked grave-yard last night. Why is that important? Because he slept most of the day. Why is that important? Because it was the 2nd (somewhat) sunny day in a row. Why is that important? The lawn had gotten a bit dryer and Jason was going to mow after 3:30 PM while I did the weed whacking. Why is that important? Because at 3:15 the rain started to come down. Why is that important? Because I have been using grass clippings to back fill my potato pots. So what am I saying? I have straw for the nuggets. Straw is messy, it gets everywhere, but it does the job. If it stays wet out I will soon have wheat grass growing from the seed that didn't make it through the thresher. The seed is the reason the nuggets love straw for bedding. The seed is the reason I quit using hay in the garden. The potatoes were getting so tall I did not want to wait longer to fill the pot (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

Two or three days ago my Perfection (Florence) Fennel sprouted. When the mix is dry it is nearly impossible to see fennel sprouts in a photo. We had some epic rainfall last night. At one point I went out to make sure I did not need to protect the gardens from hail; but it was just a heavy rain. Always looking for the blessing (you may call it the bright side) I can now show off the fennel. It has its own 2x2 box this year. It killed off just about everything that was planted near it last year.
The Flower Moon is waning. Any waning moon is a rest period, a good time to put in transplants. I needed the pretty ceramic pot the comfrey was growing in for a blueberry. The comfrey did poorly last summer so it was not a hard decision to pull it out and put something new in the blue pot. The comfrey roots looked like limp rope but I cut them up and repotted those dead looking sticks in gallon pots. To my delight they began to sprout. Yesterday I dumped a couple of shovels full of compost into the plastic pot with soil mix and put 4 pots of comfrey starts in. Yea! The biggest strongest cutting still needs a place to call home. I also put in a Marion Berry and a Logan Berry where the raspberries were last year. The raspberries all died but I am guessing that since both kinds of wild blackberries (costal natives that are ripe in July and the big Himalayans that are ripe in September) do so well just over the fence, maybe my domestic blackberries will thrive too. They are just beyond the comfrey pot. You can see the little Logan Berry against the far post. The Marion is behind the comfrey pot. That wire mess with the yellow dish used to be a bird cover for my 4x4 boxes. Now it is a play pen for the nuggets until we can get a proper chicken tractor built for them.

Debs ....still wondering where I will plant all those cauliflower sprouts that were started in soil blocks?
When the weather prophet says the weather is "unsettled" she means that it is going to change throughout the day. It happens when the pressure drops and a new storm or system is blowing in. From blue sky to rain jacket in 10 minutes or less and back again. That was yesterday, today the pressure has come up just a bit but it is still cold. With a 50/50 chance for rain I may be baking instead of BBQ'ing this weekend. Never mind, there is a race that I like on TV and a garden I love just off the deck. The high will be somewhere in the 56 to 61 degree range, the low of 47 won't hurt the tomatoes but it will not make them happy either.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/29/2011, 12:17 am

oh it all looks so wonderful!

last night we took a car ride out to ( boffer's neck of the woods) Very Happy ......when i thought hail was coming down too!!....that was some big heavy rain drops last night!!

I love hearing all about your garden, nuggets and berries Very Happy we planted four rasberry plants, two samon berries in with two native black berries.....hubby put up stakes and wire to make us a small.....berry patch Very Happy the best part....is the new berries are from our childrens school plant sale.....so they are from someone else's berry patch local.....fingers crossed we get some and the birds leave them alone Very Happy

oh....by the way....i mowed today and used the grass clippings like you suggested Very Happy to *hill up* my potatoes!

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/29/2011, 10:51 am

That little broccoli is coming along, but true, it is not yet family size. The potatoes look good. I just found some All Blue seed potatoes, and I know it is late to plant, but they are long season potatoes so I am putting them out today.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/29/2011, 10:55 am

@FBmom; I don't think it is too late to plant potatoes. They should be perfect this fall! Do you remember which blue they are?

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/29/2011, 11:38 am

The variety is All Blue with blue skin, white interior ring and blue mottled middle. Long season.

This is not where I got mine, but they are the same variety ALL BLUE POTATO

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/29/2011, 2:07 pm

oh boy....blue potatoes!!!

love that!....didnt even know there was such a thing Very Happy

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The Toy Box (the return)

Post  sherryeo on 5/29/2011, 2:53 pm

Lavender Debs - Love your thread! You do such interesting things with your garden and it's so gorgeous! I always enjoy reading your posts!

Furbalsmom - Do the potatoes stay blue when you cook them :?:

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/29/2011, 5:52 pm

Sherryeo, I know they stay blue when cooked, but can't remember if it is then intense blue or pale blue. Too long since I have cooked any.

According to the link provided above, the color stays better when fried or baked. Loses some color when microwaved or boiled.


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Post  sherryeo on 5/29/2011, 6:05 pm

Ooops! I thought I checked the link thoroughly to see if the answer to my question was there, but somehow missed it! Thanks for the reply, Furbalsmom.

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Golden Eggs

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/30/2011, 11:55 am


Tradition tells me that corn and green beans go in Memorial Day. Not going to happen this year. I still do not have a place to start corn, and beans will want at least a week of warm, dry weather after they are pressed into the ground. A new storm system is moving onshore in the PNW. Not a traditional "storm" but days of unsettled weather from low pressure, clouds and cold showers. Just enough cold wet to rot bean seeds in the ground. A couple of weeks ago we got all the way up to room temperature outside and made shadows on the ground. With cautious ambition I planted a square of Provider Beans (9 to a square, somewhat cold tolerant, bush bean, seed from Uprising) Just to be on the safe side I put that kewl cloche over them. This bean picture was from my morning putzing. I quickly put the cloche back over the brave sprouts.

My potatoes have been looking so beat up after stuffing straw into their bins. They seem to be recovering.

@FBmom, I buy a mix of fingerling potatoes from Costco. I am still getting used to the idea of growing potatoes instead of buying them. There was a time when they were so cheap that I didn't care to give them any garden space. Yesterday I wanted potatoes for a salad to go with BBQ. Safeway was asking just under $6.00 for a 5 pound bag of yellow potatoes ($1.29 a pound to get them from the open bin). I am a little more excited to grow potatoes now. (Back from that rabbit trail...) The blue fingerlings hold their color when cooked. As kewl and tasty as they are, the pink and white always go first. Something about a blue potato turns them off. The guys treat them like canned spinach. More for me.

Outside the box:

Ray, Jason and I got to work on the yard for the nuggets. They are getting too big for Guantanamo and the little 4x4 box cover is a pain. I still want to make a nice secure tractor to put over another 4 x 8 garden but funds are low. It isn't just potatoes that have got expensive. I think I heard Ray mumbling something about $300.00 for eggs !?! (that was just for the yard).

First trip out to the new porch. Oh the gossip that went on before Stella (the former Pecker Head, but really, she needs a nicer name) took the plunge. The rest quickly followed. Ray had asked if he should put a hand (wing?) rail on the ramp. Jay told him they would only need it if they ate the beer drowned slugs. Apparently we will only give them fresh slugs until they turn 21.

Debs....who hurts in places she did not realize she could hurt and whose hands got cut up even with gloves on.
Bright for being so overcast. The most optimistic prediction I could find for today is 63 degrees (low to 50) The Flower Moon is nearly gone so technically it is still a resting phase. Instead of starting beans I'll up pot peppers and eggplants, move some cucumber and zucchini soil cubes that have sprouted into pots, the same for cauliflower. Life is Good.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/30/2011, 5:23 pm

Ray had asked if he should put a hand (wing?) rail on the ramp. Jay told him they would only need it if they ate the beer drowned slugs. Apparently we will only give them fresh slugs until they turn 21.
They are having too much fun with the nuggets. I like Stella's new name.
It isn't just potatoes that have got expensive. I think I heard Ray mumbling something about $300.00 for eggs !?! (that was just for the yard).
He is just grumbling because he thinks he should. Laughing

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May 31 and 1st Salad

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/31/2011, 10:00 pm

Finally! It is a month late but it is as good as I remember. 1st 2011 salad


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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/31/2011, 10:24 pm

oh yes Deb!!

that salad will taste as good as it looks!

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Post  Blackrose on 5/31/2011, 10:32 pm

I had my first salad today too! Doesn't it just make everything worth while when you take that first bite? hungry

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/31/2011, 10:35 pm

congrats blackrose!

it makes me happy to see my kids eating green food too! and saying its the best they ever had! ....my son goes out everyday to check his carrots....and he ask *how come they grow so slow??* LOL....one of these days i may have to put a store bought one into the ground....just so he can pull it up not sure how long he can take the waiting.....

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