Sunday, July 6, 2014

July Update

So July is here and, after a very warm Spring, somewhat anticlimactic. Temperatures are anywhere from consistently warm to downright hot. As you can see in the pic below my beans are loving it and just now sending up runner vines. Also, the fuchsia and campanula (blue bells) is providing some much needed color since all of the Spring plants are now dormant. Also, I've pretty much finished harvesting broccoli and peas. The Alderman starts I purchased from Sky Nursery were a big success and my only regret is that I didn't buy more. Next year I plan to only grow peas from starts since the efforts from seed were a dismal failure.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beginning of Summer

The Summer Solstice was on Saturday and so far this year it has been warmer than usual. My Alderman peas (from starts) are nearly ready to harvest. This year's broccoli has been a huge success, with only a single plant going to seed early, and no clubroot in sight. Also, I planted Kentucky Blue pole beans and they all sprouted. Finally, the onions are nearly ready to begin harvesting.

As for the flowering plants...the fuschia is huge and beginning to bloom; the aphids on the hellebore have either all died or moved on; the lupine continues to bloom; and the foxtail lily is just about at the end of it's blooming cycle.




Sunday, April 27, 2014

More Peas

ok, one last attempt at the peas. Worms and moths continue to attack my 'Dakota' shelling peas. I am unable to grow peas from seed. So, I bought four containers of 'Alderman' peas from Sky Nursery. I get the impression that developed veggie starts are a bit more resistant to insects. New-sprouting seeds are just to tender and get eaten or damaged.

As for my other plants...the walla walla onions are coming along nicely. The cippolini onions are growing, but slowly. Also, the spinach and broccoli is coming along. I plan to treat the spinach with some fish fertilizer to promote growth.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Operation "Leave My Peas Alone"

Earlier this week, before the rains came, I got outside and did what I could to keep my Dakota peas intact. I saved toilet paper tubes for the past six months. After cutting each tube in half I placed each one around a sprouted pea plant. Although I didn't have enough tubes for every seedling, many plants are accounted for. Afterwards, I placed remay over the planted area and held it down with anything nearby. Thus, I'm hoping that my efforts provide a modicum of protection against cutworms and birds.

 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Early Spring Vegetables

Last week I attended Seattle Tilth's March Edible Plant Sale. I was down in the Sodo District in the Pacific Market Center parking garage. I picked up spinach, broccoli, and onion (cipollini) starts. And, I finally got around to planting them all a couple of days ago. The temperature was decidedly chilly most of the past week.

As for my 'Dakota' peas...they're starting to sprout. They are still covered in remay to keep birds away. I plan to shield them in a couple of days with toilet paper tubes to deter cut worms. So, a half tube around each sprout and a remay cover should keep everything pretty well protected. When the peas grow beyond the length of the tubes they should be well enough established that  I can remove the remay.

As for the problem with rodents...they have been doing less damage lately. I get the impression there aren't many bulbs left to eat that are unsprouted.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

First Planting of the Year

Yesterday I planted 'Dakota' variety shelling peas (Territorial Seeds). The seeds were from 2011 so I hope they are still good enough that some of them sprout. I plan to plant a second crop of seeds (packed for 2014) in a couple of weeks. The temperature is getting warmer, but overnight temperatures are still a bit cool. Also, I don't have to water anything yet since it has been raining constantly for the past couple of weeks.