Tomatoes. They’re very popular and can also be one of the more spendy vegetable starts to purchase. So… Can you save money by starting them from seed? Well, I’d say it’s likely! As soon as the tomato starts roll in, the nursery storefront gets hoppin’! Tomatoes (especially those heirloom varieties right now) are one of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Someone asked me just the other day… How long do seeds last? They always say packed for (insert year)… Are they still good a year later? Two years? Ten years? Good question! But no good answer, unfortunately. I’ve heard of seeds being discovered in ancient tombs that still germinate and grow! Yet I’ve also had […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Hen and chicks is a hardy succulent that is commonly found in rock gardens and grandmother’s flowerbeds across the US and the world. It is one of the most hardy garden plants I have ever encounteredContinue Reading... No Comments.
Celery is one of my favorite summertime snacks. It’s crisp and refreshing and surprisingly filling. Growing celery in the garden is fun and yields quite a different plant than you get in the store. Here’s what I’ve found interesting about celery:Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last year my aunt gave me a huge pot of catnip plants to grow for my three inside cats. I brought it home and unloaded it from the car, but the pot was too heavy and the night too dark for me to haul it around to the greenhouse. I left it in the driveway […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What is this broccoli raab That we keep seeing at the farmers market (but briefly as it seems to sell out fast) and hearing about on cooking shows?Continue Reading... No Comments.
For years I’ve seen those packages of peas on the shelf proclaiming “bush peas” as something completely different from climbing peas. Then I plant the darn things (as directed, 2 inches apart) and have to string them anyway. For heaven’s sake!Continue Reading... No Comments.
Oregano has become one of my favorite plants to grow, and not necessarily for it’s culinary properties. I’ve found that it can be an excellent landscape plant for lots of reasons!Continue Reading... No Comments.
Despite the early heat and the lack of rain, we have had a phenomenal blueberry harvest this year… The best harvest yet! So I wanted to share some of our winning growing techniques. Have the right climate? We live in the southern Willamette Valley in western Oregon. The summers are typically mild (average daily high […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Buttercrunch lettuce, romaine, radicchio, mustard greens, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard… This is a beautiful time for grazing on glorious home-grown greens! Here in western Oregon, it’s often rainy and cool through June. (The old adage around these parts is that summer does not truly begin until July 5th and that’s usually spot on!) Fortunately for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.