Sunday, February 7, 2016

Early Color

We are still in winter but the Scilla Tubergeniana and Hellebore are blooming, and the tulips are on the way.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year

So, it is January 1st and pretty cold outside. The Interbay P-Patch had their annual New Year's gathering. There was plenty of food to eat. Also, I was able to dig up the fuchsia (will certainly feel it tomorrow) and with Donna's help to transplant it on the south side of the p-patch. This will free about nearly a quarter of my plot for other plants.

Friday, December 4, 2015

End of Year Update

There isn't much new to report. I have officially put my plot to bed for the Winter (laid down leaves and covered with burlap. All of the remaining corn husks and debris has been removed. I am hoping to remove the monster-sized fuchsia once the vegetation dies off. The pile of dirt next to the plant will go in the hole created by its vacancy.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stormpocalypse 2015

Seattle was slammed the other day with a major wind storm (40+ mph winds). Needless to say, my corn did not fair well. I tried to support it, but with mixed results.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


I been been steadily harvesting beans for weeks (and freezing them). The corn is now ready to harvest. Also, I made French Onion Soup and fajitas using many of the onions (still have more).

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Record-Breaking Temperatures

June (and now July) set some records for hot weather in the Seattle area. For the past several weeks the daily averages have been in the mid to high 80's, hitting 90 degrees in some spots. So, lots of perspiring and consuming of Frappuccinos. Yet, also, everything is growing like crazy (see pic below). I have begun harvesting my onions. The bush green beans are coming along and about to begin flowering. Also, I bought two bell pepper plants from Fred Meyer and planted them in the SE corner of my plot.

The corn is coming along nicely, about three-feet high so far. I have amended its soil with chicken manure and bonemeal, and water everything every other day. One challenge with the corn is keeping some of the stalks from falling/tipping over. My plot gets a fair amount of wind, which tends to blow things around. So, I have been supporting some stalks with short poles or stakes, and adding more soil at their bases.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summer Vegetables

The temperatures are getting seriously warmer (around 80 degrees F.), and they are here for the duration. So, I prepped my soil and planted some pre-sprouted corn seeds (also, covered with remay so nothing eats the seeds).

Also I planted bean seeds (pre-soaked) a couple of weeks ago, and only a handful sprouted. I replanted more beans, but this time did not pre-soak. I am hoping the warmer temps will bring better results.

As for the other veggies...picked the last of the broccoli and plan to vacate Squatter's Bluff soon, and plan to transfer some of the soil I built up there. Finally, the second batch of peas is looking great, and I'll begin harvesting this coming week. This time around I just planted the sprouts directly from the plastic containers, and didn't separate out the plants. It would seem that every time I separate nursery-bought plants it weakens the plants. Anyway, not messing with the plants when transferring from containers appears to have better results.