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The Toy Box

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/3/2010, 8:39 am

The transition to SFG finally happned. The thought of starting a new garden at a new house at my age was just too much. Box built and nearly filled just in time for peas and their cold weather party pals.

Late February 2010 was one of those sudictive weather years for girls who like to get dirt in their nails. I have put in a square of heirloom snow peas for their purple blossoms, a short vine shell pea, two of a sugar snap and one of a dwarf sweet pea. Because it was so pretty out on pea planting day, I also put in a square of spinach and another of bok choi.

The 1st of each month is for the salad bowl. I like how easy it is to get more salad going in the little boxes. I am expecting one each of Mesclun mix, mixed red and green Romano and one of speckled trout. It is too early but the warmer breeze made me a little crazy so I also gave a place in the box for Chioggia beets (mid April would have been the smart time), some 4" carrots from the Burpee rack, and traditional white Swiss chard.


March 1st is also "start your tomatoes day" but I only have a packet of Black Plum Paste, an heirloom provided by Greenheart Gardens on Lopez Island. Today (March 3) there should be a Package from Territorial Seeds with Persimmon and Selitz tomato seed to start. Both did ok as far as tomatoes go in the PNW




Deborah . . .playing in the dirt in Everett, Wa

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A Package on the Poarch

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/4/2010, 8:01 am

My tomato seeds! Welcome to my house, I’ve been waiting for you. A packet of Persimmon and another of Siletz. Both selected for Maritime Pacific Northwest conditions. This is not really Tomato country but in a good year, if you are a bit fussy and have the heart of an engineer (or are married to someone who is) there may be a couple of weeks of vine ripe tomatoes. Why, you may wonder, would a girl put all that effort into a couple of weeks for a sandwich? If you have to ask, then I cannot explain.

Little Cippoline onion seed were also in the package. Those uber expensive onions I see in the store are going into my patch. So are the torpedo shaped sweet Italian red onions that I have seen Lidia use. They do not go in until later, but the purple “Rubin” Brussels sprouts also came.

The fine folks at Territorial Seeds included a free packet of carrots, encouraging me to plant a row dedicated to my local food bank. What a terrific idea! Except that they are too long for my SFG. Maybe my dad will want these. Either way, donating to the food bank is a good idea. I wonder if I should eventually dedicate a box to charity or just glean from the boxes that I already have?

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Baby Bumps

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/4/2010, 11:51 am

I just went out to dump some compost into the bin and had a look-see in the toy box. Whoo-hoo! There are bumps everywhere I pushed in a seed.

One noteworthy Chinese (snow) pea seems to be heading home. The root end came up instead of the leaf. Maybe I'll bang the gong (or is it a bong?) and try to make her feel welcome on this side of the world.

Deborah ....doing the dance of joy!

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The Toy Box

Post  Ray'ssfg on 3/4/2010, 7:42 pm

Hi Deborah,
Great little video, we have a JR and I noticed yours had a track along the fence as ours does, they are all the same I think.
I am interested to know how your compost barrels work ? How long does it take to be compost ?
There are a number of barrel or different type composters available in Australia.
Cheers Ray

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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/4/2010, 8:17 pm

There is a beagle on the other side of that fence (Buddy). They are back and forth every chance they get.

Thanks for the kind video comment. Donna is my SFG hero (she currently has 38 video’s posted on You Tube). Mine makes me feel embarrassed, but, oh well.

I just do not know how long those bins take to make good compost. I got them last year from a wildlife recovery center my son worked for. They had WAY too much bedding etc for those little bins and asked if I wanted to take them home with me (otherwise they were headed to the trash. I thought I was going to start a garden that year, but the puppy I got for Valentine’s Day was not compatible with KEEPING a garden. I have been adding to the bins all last summer and this spring. They made lovely compost. I toss in worms with the weeds. My husband adds fresh grass clippings because he doesn't want clippings sitting in the yard waiting to be collected. They are easy for me to turn when they are not full to the brim and ready to use.

I am hoping to have more compost ready by April 1 for the next garden bed. I am a little worried. I know that if I added pure alfalfa pellets to the compost at our old place (the kind made out of pig wire (maybe 6" x 6" squares of heavy gage wire) as I was turning it (i.e. in layers, about a foot of compost, sprinkle of alfalfa pellets, repeat) the whole thing would heat up quicker and cook down faster. I came across a web page for these little guys. The manufacture says to keep a mix of about 50% brown (dry stuff like leaves and hay) and 50% green (wet-grass clippings, kitchen trimmings, raw weeds) for the best compost. I was wondering if I added a couple of flakes of Alfalfa hay to the bins if it would have the same effect as the pellets (rabbit food)

I'll be posting what happens in about 30 or so days.

My husband found a plastic bin that looks sort of like a garbage can with a handle. The axis is a bar with paddles. When you flip the bin over the axis breaks up the compost as it drops to the other side. It looks simple. It is also expensive. He wants to buy it because of the bigger opening for the mower bag. I don't know if I can find enough stuff to fill three plastic bins (I like to KNOW that no chemicals or herbicides have been used on my compost so I'm idgey about collecting from unknown sources).

I don't know why, but I am still surprised to find independent ratings on the web for just about everything. I put "compost bin ratings" in my search engine and found mine were highly rated. The system my husband likes is slightly higher than mine.....but ya gotta pay to play with those.

Deborah ....too long in her own head and spills way too much information.

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Parsley

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/6/2010, 4:51 pm

Picked up a 4" pot of parsley seedlings. Now what?

I have a little tool called a widger. It is about the size and shape of a fingernail file but has a curve to it. I use it for lifting seedlings out of a nursery bed (or pot) and into their own container.



Because it is the year of reuse-recycle, I cut up the core of a paper towel roll, filled it with soil and set the seedlings in.









Deborah ....has a taste for something fresh!

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Tomatoe Sprouts

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/7/2010, 3:14 pm

Tiny green arches have worked their way to the surface in the Tomato Pots. Still too macro for my camera, but not for long!

Today (Sunday, March 7, 2010) I will probably sprinkle a few Florence fennel into a square. I’m looking for a cloche for them as well as the spinach, beets and maybe the lettuce.

It is not too early to start thinking about winter gardnening in the PNW. Leeks should have been started last month. I have not even bought seed yet. Maybe today. I was seduced by a container of cookies at Trader Joes. Now that the cookies are gone the container is looking like a good nursery for leeks. With vermiculite in the bottom, jiffy 7 seed starting medium over that and leek seeds over all, pop on the top and wait for creation to respond.

Other seeds I will be looking for is Asylums and Calendula. Both are great for letting the bees know that they are welcome. I like calendula petals for different herbal oils and ointments. I have room in the herb garden for more calendula. It takes a lot of petals to make a good ointment.

A series of storms will be rolling across the North West in the next few days. Before the lion of March roars I am going to make some of Ann Lovejoy's spring mulch of Alfalfa meal, bagged steer compost, regular compost and a smidgen of Dolomite (maybe a sprinkle of kelp meal too) and start spreading it about an inch thick over my pots, herbs and roses. Maybe that will keep me from getting too restless for one day.

Deborah ....ready to play.




Calendula at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm in Washington

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Ya picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel....

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/7/2010, 6:56 pm

AccuWeather is reporting that we have a "storm train" chugging into the PNW (March 6). Ray hurried to get the lawn mowed before RR gait came down. He got the walk way between the herb garden and the lavender garden cut, went around the edge of the deck and the wheel came off.

The good news is that I don't have to hurry and get a bin of weeds before days end for the compost. Instead, I had time to make and spread some spring power-green mulch on the strawberries, some of the herbs and potted plants. Even had time to divide up some of the chives.

The other good news is that the contractors next door left me a pile of tomato stakes from the deck they tore down. I thought they forgot. I was wrong.

Deborah ....life is good


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Burrrr

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/9/2010, 11:13 am

Yesterday I had my Tomato sprouts out for some sun. Today I am happy to report that I did not leave them out over night.



We had such a mild winter in the PNW. There were many sunny days. Snow was a report about somewhere else on the evening news.

I knew I was getting excited about gardening too early, but it has been healing to my soul after being without a harvest for so long. Sure there were the herbs and lavender, a few strawberries, a little bit of salad and pole beans; but it isn't quite the same. I do adore shopping at farmers markets and will still haunt my favorites for stone fruit, mega flats of berries and fall apples and pears. But to take my coffee out to the garden and welcome the morning with birdsong awakens something deep within that gives me a sense of God given purpose. My impact on earth is no more than a good season of sweet peas. I don't care that it is short, sweet, and easily outdone by others, I just love feeling the pleasure of my God and seeing hope for tomorrow in a delicate carrot or onion sprout overcoming the burden of the loam that once was a weight to overcome but will become an anchor and nourishment to her life, short though it may be.




The talking heads on the evening news were excited about snow in Seattle. Crews were sent to the far reaches of King County to get video of actual snow coming down. In a year of tragedy, police murdered while they prepare for their day, multiple young girls whose lives should be about to burst into blossom are instead found grossly violated in a shallow grave, babies killed by boyfriends or stolen away by the nanny.... I can hardly blame them for the child-like excitement over a little snow. It must be sweet relief to make a day about getting ready for snow. The news was everywhere, it’s coming! I was relieved to see it has not come to my house yet.

I was concerned about our usual unending spring precipitation. Ray and I took some time to cover the toy box with heavy plastic. I am more worried about drowning the infant sprouts then I am about snow. Can you see the picnic table-cloth weights we hung from the plastic? Seemed like a fantastic idea. I had to find clothes pins to help. The cover blew off when we were not looking.



I've taken my coffee (my 2nd cup, still too cold out to have the first one out there) on the deck. This morning the cold was a bit too hard core for me.

A few random frost shots.





Lemon Thyme and Oregano (the pots encourage the puppies to go ARROUND the bed)



Strawberries....doesn't look like much just yet.



Golden Marjoram. The chives in the background have never been this lush this early.



Here comes the sun (little darlen) here comes the sun and I say... it's alright.

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The Persimmon Tomatoes

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/10/2010, 2:02 pm

After only 6 days there are sprouts!

Just today the Black Plum Tomatoes that were planted in peat pellets are coming up. That took a whole three days longer then the seed put into jiffy 7 starting soil. The pellets always seem like they are cold. I wonder which will harden off better?

Deborah ....wanting to learn.

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The Onions have sprouted!!

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/11/2010, 10:31 am

It only took three days on my dresser! Whoo-hoo! Now I need to get myself to Costco to find more plum tomatoes. The container makes a good nursery flat and for all my talk, I still need to start my Leeks.I've been taking my tomato sprouts to the deck every day that the temp is above 40 degrees. So far they are looking good. Today the onions join them.

The "Storm Train" is still rolling through the PNW. We have gone from freezing to drenching. I'm told that it is worse in south west Canada (Now that the Olympics are history the snow comes). Did I hear correctly? Winds gusting up to 30 mph? Thought I had to live in New Mexico for that kind of wind.

After listening to the rain all night on the sky-light I have this song running through my head.

Deborah .... Wishing her baby brother a happy birthday today.


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Spring Forward

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/14/2010, 1:27 pm

If I had to pick a least favorite day of the year, the day we change to daylight savings time would be in the top three.

March 14 We have a sun break this morning. Since I can never be sure how long the shine will stay, I took my camera out to the garden for baby pictures. I want to do another short video but I need to charge the battery first. I also need to figure out my editing software.



This pretty little thing is a Golden Snow Pea. There are shell peas too. Still waiting for the snaps and sweets.



I went with the smaller Bok Choi this year. I think there are 4 to a square.



It was just too pretty out to not play plant paparazzi, “Rosemary, Rosemary, look over here! Is it true that you are hooking up with Basil?” Rosemary would not confirm the rumor, neither would she deny it.



I usually have to buy a new Tarragon start because the winter tends to be too cold here (there is still time for that to happen) and because I am too lazy at the end of the season to bring a start in. This was covered with a milk jug but the wild wind that slammed through the PNW knocked it off. It landed next to a broken pot that covers a place where the puppies tried to tunnel through. Looks kinda junky.



The Lavender Garden Not much to look at this time of year.


Found this enticingly scented Thyme at a Lavender farm in Sequim, Washington



English Thyme thrives on abuse. Large sprigs of this girl went into the stock pot all through the winter.



At least they are not frozen. Strawberrys.




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Post  Retired Member 1 on 3/14/2010, 6:00 pm

What a wonderful pictoral essay on your garden. Thank you! I'll look forward to seeing your continuing process.

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What a difference a day makes!

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/16/2010, 1:48 pm

Gardening seems to be a passion that involves a lot of hurry followed by a whole lot of wait. I hurried to get peas in on time then wait, wait, wait until finally there were bumps, then a single anemic looking sprout. Even last night it didn't seem like much was happening. But this morning the snow peas are shooting up all over their little space. Whoo-hoo!



The snap peas are not showing any signs of life. Neither are the sweet peas. They are both from the same company so I thought that maybe the seed was bad. I poked around with a finger and found that indeed, they are doing fine, just not springing up as fast as the snow and shell (English) peas.

The lettuce has put on her big girl ....um, leaves and is springing up as well.

Deborah ....who gets excited by the little things.

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Post  Mirjam on 3/16/2010, 5:31 pm

Hi Deborah,
You're right, it is fun to watch other peoples' progress (as you said in the european section)! I'm still waiting for my peas and sugarsnaps to break the soil... we're about to get better temperatures now, so I hope it won't be too long now!
It seems like you have a lot of sprouts, are you gonna thin them out, or are snowpeas grown closer together than other peas/beans?

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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/16/2010, 7:05 pm

Hey hi! Mirjam (come on peas!)

Yes, I am going to leave them like they are. I've had them like that in regular beds and in pots. This could get crowded with all the other squares. I will put in support and if it doesn't work out, I'll do it different next year. You'll get to see what happens before the season ends.

Deborah ....wondering where you are gardening at.

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Happy Birthday Christy!!

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/19/2010, 1:38 pm

At least one of everything that I have planted has popped up. I was really starting to worry about my sweet and snap peas. This AM there was one sweet pea sprout and two snap pea sprouts.

March 19 There was frost glittering in the morning sun on the deck again this morning. My new weather station says it only got down to 34 degrees F. but it has to be colder than that to make frost doesn't it? The Accu-Weather icon on my desk top said it was 28 degrees F in Everett. I wonder where their station is at.

Germanition: The best germination so far is from "Uprising Seeds" in Bellingham, Washington. They were the strongest in the garden. The Golden Sweet Snow Pea, an heirloom, came from them. They have a web page but I picked mine up at the Everett Natural Foods Co-op on the Waterfront. Territorial Seed Company in Oregon and Greenheart Gardens on Washington's Lopez Island seem to be next in germination vigor. I have gotten both of those from the Mt. Vernon Natural Foods Co-op. TTS does have a mail order option and I have pepper plants and a bay laurel coming from them this spring. The prize for the WORST germination has to go to Ed Hume Seeds. I personally like Ed. However I just recently read a list of who DOES NOT sell GMO seed from Monsanto and Ed is not on the list. Both my sweet peas and snap peas are from Ed Hume Seeds. I will not make that mistake again. Falling in the middle for germination strength is Burpee Seeds that I get from a rack at Lowe's. All of Burpee Seeds EXCEPT their hybrid tomatoes are GMO-Monsanto free. I have lettuces, carrots and radishes from Burpee. My shell peas (moderate germination strength, about a third of them have sprouted but those that have are growing strong) and boc choi are all from a company in Oregon that imported the seed from China. All but one of the boc choi look very yellow/anemic.



<-Snap Peas, Radish & Lettuce->

Chore of the day: Fill a big pot with fresh medium and put in some more of Mr. Hume's Sweet peas for my summer deck. Maybe they will do better now that the days are longer.

Deborah ....who might take Rudy for a ride to Marysville's Sunny Side Nursery to see if it is open yet ....and maybe to listen to the new sound system.

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One Hundred Dollars Later

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I wish I didn't enjoy walking around the Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville so much. I used to walk that very same nursery with my gram'ma when I was a little girl. Ray and I bought three fruit trees because they were 30% off while they were still bare root trees. Once again I have a sour or pie cherry again.

I have never grown pears before. My walking partner from Robe Valley had a multi pear tree espaliered to her back fence. Her horses were on the other side of the fence. She complained to me that she couldn't get enough pears from the tree and pulled it out.

Ray laughs that this is the history that has kept me from having a pear tree. He reminded me that there is only a beagle on the other side of our fence, so, no problem there. We also like having a taste of things rather than needing to put up excess. I think if I did have excess it would have to go to the food bank instead of my freezer.

In the video there is a shot of a pot in my herb garden. It is a blueberry. We want to put the fruit in a garden in the back corner of the lot. It will be a while before that garden is ready so the trees are in a pots for now.

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March 28, 2010

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/28/2010, 2:17 pm



Rain is forecast for all of today and most of spring break. I stepped out to open my garden lid, set out my rain gauge and the sun came out. March is melting into the lamb she is known for “going out” as, but the lion keeps asserting herself.



April is just around the corner. The next box is ready to build. I have onions that are looking like they are ready to transplant. Spring broccoli, more carrots, fennel, sweet Alyssum, more salad, dill, and leeks that I am finally going to get into the ground.

I bought a package of mild micro greens. The plan is to get them into the soil sometime today. I thought I would get sweet peas into a container last week. They seemed to be coming on so slowly in the SFG. I might know why. I soaked 17 sweet pea seeds in a paper towel for two days (not on purpose, it was only supposed to be for one day). I unwrapped them on the 3rd morning. Only 8 of them had absorbed water, only three of those were showing a root sprout. Nine of 17 were still shriveled little rocks. I doubt I will buy Ed Hume Seeds next year. I took those 8 and tucked them into the SFG sweet pea box.



Rainer Strawberries are my all time favorite. To me, they are worth the wait, a June treet. I found two four-inch pots with two plants each at the Everett Co-op. (from Rent's Due Farm). Brought them home and planted them in the light deprived Lavender Garden.



I'm wondering if I should start an Eggplant inside?

Deborah ....can hardly wait for a real spring!

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Thunderstorms with Hail; March 30, 2010

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/30/2010, 1:24 pm

There is a cover on the SFG and another on the deck. Record rainfall was measured for yesterday; more is fixen to come down today. Rain and thunder I can deal with. Hail worries me. I'm wondering if I should scare up some plastic jugs to put over the strawberries and lavender? I doubt it will help; the storms are blowing in with enough force to pick up a milk jug and toss it across the lawn. I am on spring break and rain is predicted for the whole of it.

Took a walk last night just before the sun set into the bay. We must have been in the eye of the storm, or maybe between storms. The light was vivid, the thunderheads glowing with purples and pinks in the luminous slate depth of clouds. In the west, the sun had fallen below the clouds and everything was glimmering in the wet light.

What does a gardener do on seriously wet days? I've already turned the compost. I do it every 3rd day after adding a sprinkle of alfalfa meal, trying to speed up the process. I could wash windows or mop floors, but I think what I need is some shopping therapy. Specifically, Nursery shopping at Flower World in Snohomish where they smartly keep just about everything under a cover of one kind or another. My neighbor bought a "5 way sweet cherry" from Flower World. I am coveting just such a tree. He has children at home, so not much chance he will have any cherries to share with me.

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Way to the left is my very first homegrown pepper. It isn't much yet. Generally I order pepper plants and then do not have much luck with them. At least I didn't when I was in Robe Valley. There was one from Renee's Garden called Candice. It was a mini bell that I kept in a pot in the herb garden. It happened to be a wonderful summer that year and I got at least 10 pretty little red peppers. I have about five pepper plants coming from TTS in May. In the spirit of adventure, I bought a pack of pepper seed labeled Czech Black. It is another Russian heirloom seed from "Uprising Seeds." It is supposed to be like a jalapeno but with less intense heat. There it is, behind the basil from TJ's and next to a tomato in my kitchen window. All my pepper skill is just dumb luck, but I'm willing to do some reading and see what happens.

Deborah .....maybe I'll start some spring broccoli today.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/31/2010, 12:54 pm

I just posted a March Review in the PNW forum. I posted an overview of my one box. But I want to show off my snow peas


I have been eating Chives, thyme (English and orange balsam), rosemary, oregano and viola blossoms (not much, but hey, it is still march!)

I have to be careful when I snip chives. The purple buds are starting to swell. I love the sweet onion flavored buds in pasta salad and sprinkled on soup.

The blueberry needs a blue friend, should go shopping for that very soon. She is putting out ears and buds. Nothing seems to be happening with the comfrey roots that I moved. I was not sure anything would happen. They looked lifeless. So, I’ll be looking for a new comfrey start. There are places along the back fence that are making huge dandelion leaves. They look good for mixing with rice and nettles. Gonna get me some.

Tomorrow is the first of the month which means plant new salad boxes.

Beets, chard, and broccoli (all the cabbage family actually) should go in. Eggplant should be started inside.

Deborah ….sunny at 10:00 AM (only 40% chance of rain today….it looks like it will come)

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Box #2 !!

Post  Lavender Debs on 4/1/2010, 10:36 pm

Storms were forecast for today. I had already told Ray not to worry about getting the next box together. I did not want to work in the rain, so, no rush. Turned out to be beautiful. Bless his heart! After working on the truck all day, he still took time to work on my next box.



It is already full, the grid is removable, I love it! I just need to plant but I'm too warn out after mixing the compost and then the peat and vermiculite. It's an extra Advil night tonight. I did see a slug sooooo.




Yesterday we went to Flower World in Snohomish to buy a 5-way cherry tree. They were out. But while searching for the cherry tree we did find and espalier ready 6-way apple tree. I was sold on it when I saw one of the branches was a Yellow Transparent. If it is the apple I think it is, then it is the same tree that we got early green apples from at my grandma’s house to make pie for the 4th of July. It may be a couple of years before there are enough apples to make a pie, but the name got me. We also brought home two more blueberry bushes.


See the Ladybug?

The storm is still supposed to be coming with 55 mph wind gusts.

Deborah ....I better have lost a pound or two for all that work!

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Post  Ray'ssfg on 4/2/2010, 6:01 am

@Lavender Debs wrote:There is a cover on the SFG and another on the deck. Record rainfall was measured for yesterday; more is fixen to come down today. Rain and thunder I can deal with. Hail worries me. I'm wondering if I should scare up some plastic jugs to put over the strawberries and lavender? I doubt it will help; the storms are blowing in with enough force to pick up a milk jug and toss it across the lawn. I am on spring break and rain is predicted for the whole of it.

Took a walk last night just before the sun set into the bay. We must have been in the eye of the storm, or maybe between storms. The light was vivid, the thunderheads glowing with purples and pinks in the luminous slate depth of clouds. In the west, the sun had fallen below the clouds and everything was glimmering in the wet light.

What does a gardener do on seriously wet days? I've already turned the compost. I do it every 3rd day after adding a sprinkle of alfalfa meal, trying to speed up the process. I could wash windows or mop floors, but I think what I need is some shopping therapy. Specifically, Nursery shopping at Flower World in Snohomish where they smartly keep just about everything under a cover of one kind or another. My neighbor bought a "5 way sweet cherry" from Flower World. I am coveting just such a tree. He has children at home, so not much chance he will have any cherries to share with me.

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Hey Deb,
Can't let the photo pass without comment about the "Wallaby" container. Nice to see you have an "Aussie flavour" on your window sill.
Cheers Ray



Way to the left is my very first homegrown pepper. It isn't much yet. Generally I order pepper plants and then do not have much luck with them. At least I didn't when I was in Robe Valley. There was one from Renee's Garden called Candice. It was a mini bell that I kept in a pot in the herb garden. It happened to be a wonderful summer that year and I got at least 10 pretty little red peppers. I have about five pepper plants coming from TTS in May. In the spirit of adventure, I bought a pack of pepper seed labeled Czech Black. It is another Russian heirloom seed from "Uprising Seeds." It is supposed to be like a jalapeno but with less intense heat. There it is, behind the basil from TJ's and next to a tomato in my kitchen window. All my pepper skill is just dumb luck, but I'm willing to do some reading and see what happens.

Deborah .....maybe I'll start some spring broccoli today.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/2/2010, 9:59 am

Ha! Ray I actually thought of you after I posted the picture.

Compost: You had asked about the compost bin and its efficiency.
My Ray and I live very close to Western Canada (we can be at the border in just under 2 hours) Even though it has been an exceptionally warm March the temperature has not got above about 67 degrees (I should do the math and figure out centigrade, but I don't have the formula in front of me and I just woke up). The compost is coming along nicely. If I had a traditional garden I would have tilled it right in. It seemed a little "unrefined" for a SFG (hope that makes sense). I think if it had been warmer it might have been ready. I am hoping to get at least two more boxes (maybe 3) done for June. Except that I keep adding to it, I bet it should be ready.

When we were at Flower World (a mega nursery) I bought a box of "compost activator" that says it will heat up and activate the pile. The alfalfa has been doing a great job of it. But I bought this because 1. No chemicals and 2. It was full of things that are good for the soil and plants. Lots of killing ingredients (blood meal, bone meal) as well as vegetarian ingredients, (kelp meal, rock phosphate) and a couple of other ingredients that I remember from my vegan gardening days. Except that you can never be sure what is in blood or bone, there are no obvious chemicals and all are common organic soil enhancements. At the very least it should make powerful compost.

Deborah ….ready for that 2nd cup of coffee

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