The Winter Seed List

by A.J. Coltrane

This will be our second year of winter gardening. In year one I made spreadsheets like this Seed Germination Times And Temperatures. Days To Maturity. And Plant Minimum Temperatures. NW Edition.

Last year our main microclimate (in the back yard, under the 2nd story deck) was too cold and dark, so the output […]

Grilled Flatbread With Pesto And Goat Cheese

by A.J. Coltrane

Or Pesto and Goat Cheese Grilled Flatbread? It definitely featured pesto:

The dough formula: 400g Bread Flour, 240g vaguely warm water, 9g kosher salt, 8g extra virgin olive oil, 1.5 tsp instant yeast. (60% water, 2.25% salt, 2% oil)

Those are very “normal” ratios. It was basically a grilled pizza dough. […]

Container Garden Update — July 26, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here. July 27, 2014 post here. July 28, 2013 post here.

We think we may have “figured something out” with the Tromboncino. I’ll share that first, then some harvest pictures, then everything else.

Last week a Tromboncino vine looked like this:

The smaller of the two fruits withered over the next […]

The New Salad Table

by A.J. Coltrane

I’ve been thinking about building a salad table for a while. (Or “lettuce” table, depending upon the reference.) My feeling is that it was within my ability, though the result likely wouldn’t be pretty. I also wasn’t sure that I wanted to sink that much time into it. Then I thought, maybe I […]

Ina Garten’s Creamy Cucumber Salad. Mostly.

by A.J. Coltrane

We had company over for grilling last night, and we have lots of cucumbers, so I made a creamy cucumber salad, using Ina Garten’s recipe as a starting point. Pictured is a family-style presentation:

Her salad calls for four hot-house cucumbers and two small red onions. The dressing is a 4-1 ratio of […]

Container Garden Update — July 19, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous (non-mini/non-“harvest”) post here. July 27, 2014 post here (note that the cucumbers in the 2nd picture of that post look nothing like the ones below on the left, though it’s the same variety.) July 21, 2013 post here.

The hot weather continues, and the cucumbers continue to be “blocky”. Today’s harvest:


Container Garden Mini Update — July 15, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

The Lemon cucumbers are really starting to ripen. As for the Marketmores, we must have missed these monsters over the weekend:

(Left to Right): Six Lemon cucumbers (2.3 lbs); The two of the four cherry tomatoes that didn’t get eaten before Picture Time; Three Marketmore 76 cucumbers (3.1 lbs); One National […]

Container Garden Harvest Update — July 12, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

The first really good week — total production of 15.4 pounds, including the 12.2 pounds harvested tonight:

(Clockwise from top left) — Marketmore 76 cucumbers (4.1 lb); the first Sun Gold and Sweet Million tomatoes; National Pickling cucumbers (the darker two, 1 lb); “Calypso” pickling cucumbers (1.5 lb); Lemon cucumbers (0.7 lb); Tromboncino zucchini […]

Container Garden Update — July 12, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here. July 11, 2014 post here. July 14, 2013 post here.

Some of the lower (south-facing) leaves of the tomato plants are fried-looking from the intense June sun. It’s been (thankfully) a little bit cooler the last few days. An overview:

The basil got a super thorough haircut this […]

EarthBox Mini Update — July 8, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

The Tromboncino zucchini had two large fruits on one vine, so I harvested the larger one with the idea that the other would get bigger, faster.

(Left to Right) — 20″ Trombocino zucchini (853 grams, 1.9 lbs). 6″ Marketmore 76 cucumber (251 grams, 0.5 lbs). Boy Cat looking for […]