This is a greenhouse gardening book that is a must-have for any gardener with a Sunspace or Greenhouse. Published in 2000 by Fulcrum Publishing, but still very informative. I re-read it every fall.
Fuchsias are annual plants in Minnesota, so when I discovered hardy fuchsias here in Western Washington, another plant collection began. I love the delicate flowers, shape and variegated foliage on some plants. All they need is sone trimming in the spring and regular perennial formula fertilizer. I’m hooked!
Oyster garden update
Last May we purchased Pacific triploid oyster seed from Taylor Seafood and have been growing them all summer. This is something really new for us. It is interesting to watch them grow and is about as messy as cleaning an aquarium once in a while. Today I went to check on them, at the dock about a mile from our home. They are really growing. Thanksgiving Oyster Feed anyone?
It’s almost fall and it is the last weekend of the Fair.
My garden had about an inch of rain overnight so I know fall is beginning. I will not miss the water bill that was very high and seemed to only keep the plants alive, not flourishing. ‘Heather James’ is the first mum blooming in my 2013 fall garden.
Tender skin and sweet tomato flavor. My new favorite cherry tomato variety. Started in February, harvest in August.
My errands today took me up to Mt. Vernon, WA to pick up several sheets of poly carb to replace the greenhouse roof. When I was looking at the map on Charley’s Greenhouse website I noticed that it is not far from a Master Gardeners display garden. I love places like this because the collective, creative gardening minds of Master Gardeners have been showcases, in my past garden tour experience. I was not disappointed!
Have you ever stopped to think how much you enjoy gardening? But do you really love all parts?
Fresh air and sunshine are two big draws for me. Weeding is in the middle of the pack. It’s a 12 month activity here. But what I really do not like (and I stop short of saying hate) is taking out perfectly growing vegetables (because of limited space for veggies) because it is time for the next season’s planting. I know, you probably think there are bigger problems in the garden, but this is one that gets me procrastinating. I try to tell myself that I just need to harvest whatever is taking the space and move on with the season, but something is blocking my thinking on this. I remember this dilemma during the season change over in past years.
For example, the bed in the photo above has garlic that is ready for harvest and herbs that pretty much stay in the same place every season. Check, no problem. Under the Remay fabric, I have random plants of Kale, Swiss Chard and three small heads of cabbage. I like to harvest these plants right before I need to use them in cooking, but now they are just taking up space that should be getting ready for sugar snap peas. So I think I need to harvest and refrigerate those veggies and make a plan to use them within the week. If anyone is still reading now, thanks for listening to me rambling on over this dilemma. It has been very helpful to think it through in writing.
Cole slaw anyone?
I recently read something that said “don’t waste your time posting on Friday evening…” Is anyone out there? I think you are reading on Friday evening. Please comment/click like if you read this on Friday evening. Perhaps I should stop posting on Friday evening? Hope you like the roses
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