Container Garden Update — June 10, 2018

-A.J.

The weather continues to be cool, cloudy, and wet. Everything is growing slowly. Today it’s partly cloudy/partly sunny and fairly windy, which makes the photography a little hit and miss.

The raspberries between gusts:

This whiskey barrel hosts bush-filet-type Maxibel beans, some Marigolds, and other flowers. Interestingly, the bugs have mostly left the beans […]

Container Garden Update — May 27, 2018

-A.J.

It was cloudy and cool for much of this week, and it got down into the high 40’s at night. The weather slowed growth for sure.

Before a couple of the cold nights we attached a plastic hoop house over the basil to be on the safe side:

There are supposed to be […]

(Trans)Planting Day, And Other Pictures From Around The Yard

-A.J.

Last Saturday was the Seattle Tilth vegetable sale. The weather is supposed to be warm this coming week, so Saturday became Transplant Day:

The 2018 Plant List:

1 Box Black Krim tomatoes (2 plants. 75 day indeterminate)

1 Box Oregon Spring tomatoes (2 plants. 60 day determinate.)

1 Box – Violet Jasper & […]

Initial Impressions Of Three New Hand Tools For Gardening

-A.J.

We have enough whiskey barrels and raised beds now that I thought it might be helpful to purchase some hand tools specifically designed for small weeding tasks. I went with a Hori Hori knife, a Japanese sickle, and a CobraHead weeder.  Three tools was probably overkill, but I’ve wanted to try a Hori Hori […]

The New Raised Bed For Asparagus and A Salad Table Update

-A.J.

The box of Jersey Supreme Asparagus recently arrived. When we went looking for somewhere to plant them we discovered that really didn’t have a good place for them to live. The other two raised beds are already full of chives, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, and so on. What we did have was space for one more raised […]

The 2018 Seed List, And New Containers

-A.J.

The seeds have arrived. The list from Territorial Seed:

Qty Item # Product Description Price 1 FL2438/S Bee Feed Flower Mix – Bee Feed Flower Mix 3.05 1 FL2432/S Beneficial Bug Flower Mix – Beneficial Bug Mix 3.05 1 FL2428/S Bohemian Rhapsody Flower Mix – Bohemian Rhapsody 2.95 1 HR1130/P Confetti Coriander/Cilantro – Confetti […]

EarthBox 2017 Recap — The Tomatoes and Tomatillos

-A.J.

The final 2017 garden recap post — The Tomatoes and Tomatillos.

The two “Verde” tomatillo plants had a pretty typical year — 14.6 pounds. Normal output is 15-20 pounds. I think it my have actually been too hot on the patio at times and it may have stressed out the tomatillos somewhat. It felt […]

EarthBox 2017 Recap — The Cucumbers And Zucchini

-A.J.

The Marketmore 64 cucumbers had a good year. I think that’s partly because we harvested them more aggressively, and the plants responded by making more, better fruit. (One box, 4 plants. 38.5 pounds of good-looking cucumbers. We elected not to count the weird stuff that grows after the plants are all but done for […]

EarthBox 2017 Recap — The Peppers And Melons

-A.J.

A recap of the 2017 peppers and melons.

The almost complete list of what we grew this year is here. (Missing from the post is one “Bell” pepper and one “Lilac” pepper). The “grand” total was 238.6 pounds, which is around our average. That total weight doesn’t include anything except for what was grown […]

Container Garden Update — October 1, 2017

-A.J.

The last harvest of summer veg. It’s mostly Siletz tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, Carmen peppers, and Anaheim peppers:

We also have a big pile of basil to pick through for the “good stuff”:

The newly empty EarthBoxes have been planted with Shallots, Leeks, and Garlic. The romaine in the foreground got a little […]