Monday, May 25, 2015

Spring Clean Up

An update is overdue. I haven't spent too much time in the garden (been busy looking for a paying job). But, when I have gotten out to the garden I've been keeping everything up. I started a compost pile about a month ago which I am now beginning to use. The spinach is pretty much done, and I'm now harvesting broccoli. The peas are looking pretty sad. Shelling peas just do not fair well in this area (on the other hand, snow peas seem to thrive). Also, I planted some bush-type green beans. And, I did some clean up: trimmed hellebore and tulips. I am planning to grow corn this year so making space for it.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Update

It looks like my first set of peas have been chewed (leaves and stems) and aren't doing too well. So, I have planted some Dakota shelling pea starts. I tried not to mess with the roots too much, and hope to produce a better yield. Also, I planted cippolini onions that I purchased at Christianson's Nursery in the Skagit Valley last week.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Color

The tulips have bloomed. Amazingly, none of them have been eaten by rodents. Also, I have shored up/corrected the bent board on the side of my plot. It involved digging out all the surrounding dirt and wedging pavers between the plots, but it looks much better than before (see comparison pic).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Vegetables

I couple of weeks ago I planted peas, spinach, and broccoli. The latter two are in the extra space south of the property. Unfortunately, I received a form letter requiring me to remove all plants in this area (and stop gardening there) by the end of June. So, I hope I will be able to harvest everything by then. On another note, the tulips are just about ready to bloom.

I removed my oldest hellebore (Ivory Prince). It was diseased and needed dividing. I will replace it with a younger plant in the next month or two.

First tulip of Spring

Shelling peas (hybrid)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Late Winter Color

The hellebore are in bloom.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Early Spring

Temperatures this winter have been very mild. The last freezing day was back in early December. Anyway, most of my hellebore are in full bloom, and the 'Ivory Prince' is waiting for a few more weeks. All of the spring bulbs (tulips and hyacinth) have poked up and, fortunately, nothing has snacked on them yet. Rodents ate all of my tulip bulbs last spring.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Putting the Garden to Bed

I put down leaves and coffee grounds, covered with burlap, recently. I also trimmed back the fuchsia two days ago (pic was taken last week). All of the bulbs that are going in the ground for next year have been planted. I might check out clearance bulbs at the local nurseries, but will have to hurry. Freezing temperatures are just around the corner. The nights have become chilly this last week.