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.
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.
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.
In July we went huckleberry picking in the foothills that are tucked away at the Western base of the Cascades mountain range. While climbing the road that twisted up to one of the ridges, we happened up on a cluster of unfamiliar berry bushes. The red and golden, raspberry-like fruits were enjoying a persistent summer […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s that time of year… time to start harvesting seed! In the past I’ve spend hundreds of dollars per year on plants for my garden. After a couple of years, I’ve seen how much money I can save growing my own plants from seed (literally down from ~$300 to under $100). As an extension of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For my window boxes I usually choose primroses in the spring and petunias in the summer and early autumn. This year I wanted to save money by not having to replant mid-season, so I decided to try Swiss Giant Pansies. What a great choice! The resulting plants are doing wonderfully and since I didn’t use […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
How to save space, use less plastic, and grow better seedlings using soil blocks. This summer I have discovered something that may just change my greenhouse forever: Soil blocks! Even though most of my seed sowing for the season has already been done, I still wanted to try out this “new” technique. (“New” means new […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Make your own starter pots from yogurt cups… Here’s how! If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a hard time finding inexpensive 3-inch pots for starting small plants or seeds. And if your family is like mine, you probably go through quite a few snack-sized yogurt containers. so -(starter pots) + (yogurt cups) = Problem […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Nope, not California dreamin’… although with the weather we’ve had lately, I’m almost there. The real story is that I’ve been trying for a number of years to start citrus trees from seed. For some reason I have failed miserably on every attempt. That is, until now! About two months ago I bit into a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Well, you win some; you lose some. And for me this spring, that’s definitely true. 😉 To put it simply, my try at a raised lettuce row failed miserably. I’m pretty sure that I planted directly into the ground too early. We had several freezes and many hard rains since the last week in February […]Continue Reading... No Comments.