Container Garden Update — July 16, 2017

-A.J.

It’s the middle of July, and we’re about to turn the corner from “growth” to “production”. The raspberries are in full swing:

There’s a lot more where that came from. Nice output from a pot on the patio:

The other fun find today were what I think are filet beans — the […]

Container Garden Update — June 25, 2017

-A.J.

We’ve had our first couple of really warm days, and the fans are now out of the garage. The warm-weather veggies are digging it. I love gardening this time of year because everything is young and vibrant, and the garden is growing and doing it’s own thing with a minimum of work input.

We’re […]

Container Garden Update — June 11, 2017

-A.J.

A few pictures of the June garden-

Overview #1, from up the “hill”:

Overview #2:

The left column has three boxes of tomatoes, with the Tromboncino zucchini in the big trellis at the back. Continuing to the right in the front row- the next box over has the Oregon Spring tomatoes. The rest […]

Container Garden Update — May 29, 2017

-A.J.

It’s almost June and the garden is rolling again. The Super Sugar Snap peas we planted indoors in February are now producing:

Attaching the trellis netting to the salad table seems to have worked very well:

The view from the other side:

The Miner’s Lettuce is looking a little cooked, but […]

The 2017 Summer Veggies

-A.J.

We chose to simplify a little bit this year and go more with things we know “work”, are easy to process, and will see quick use if they make it as far as the freezer. We added a few new things too, including melons. The descriptions below are copied from the Tilth Plant Sale […]

Earthbox Covers At A Fraction Of The Price

-A.J.

EarthBox covers are sort of necessary evil. The covers that the company sells are of marginal quality, and they run around $2, each.

Instead we go to Home Depot and buy a roll 10′ x 25′ x 3.5 mil black plastic. Right now a roll is $12. The finished cost per cover is 20 cents, each.

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The First Asparagus

-A.J.

The first asparagus to come up this spring! Given it was only planted last year, that makes it the first asparagus ever!

Talking to another local who grows asparagus, I thought we might have to wait until closer to the end of the month to see some shoots. Nope!

Last year we planted […]

The Salad Table Wears Trellis Bling, Or, More Posts Obliquely About Peas

-A.J.

Each year when we grow peas I push some stakes into the ground and add trellis netting. It never looks awesome. The peas usually do well until the sunny days kick in. At that point their pots dry out quickly and the peas suffer.

Attaching the trellis assembly to the salad table is an attempt […]

The Peas, Nine Days Later

-A.J.

The peas nine days later:

Crazy, huh? They’ve spouted and grown between 6 and 10 inches tall in just over a week. If you look closely you can see the roots poking out of the bottom of the rolls. (The empty looking pots have recently planted dill and cilantro seeds. They should make […]

Starting Seeds In Toilet Paper Roll “Pots”, And The Improved Lighting Rig

-A.J.

Over the winter I came across a blog post that recommended using emptied toilet paper rolls as mini pots for starting seeds. It looked neat, clean, and easy, and it seemed like a great way to use up a free resource. The author simply cut the tubes in half, placed the smooth (uncut) side […]