Heat, heat, heat!

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A couple of days in the high 80’s and my garden (and this gardener) are wilting in the sun!

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Not this bad, but my sugar snap peas are complaining, and the San Marzano tomatoes that are waiting for the space currently occupied by the sugar snap peas are complaining and my tomatoes in Walls of Water have outgrown their protection, which they no longer need. Gardener, get to work!

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Class of 2014: Tomatoes

Today was tomato planting day, inside Walls of Water. We have not had a frost for a week and the 7 day forecast looks mild. This year I have planted one each of Sweet Million, Oromo, Amish Paste, Cosmonaut Volkov, Gypsy, Stupice and two Brandywine.,

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I am not happy with the spotty germination of my peas as seen in the second photo. Cascadian at the far end look ok but the near area has Sugar Daddy and less than 50%.

A good year for tomatoes

February 18 th I started the first tomatoes from seeds. I purchased them fromTerritorial Seeds and @GardenHoard. I planted a bunch of seeds because the local garden club wanted some plants donated for their sale in April. Sweet Million, Glacier, Stupice and Pink Brandywine were started by seed and Muskovich was purchased at that Garden Club sale. Here is a tiny part of the harvest.

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I have made sauce three times, salsa once, eaten many cherry tomatoes in salads an still have them ripening! What a great harvest from five plants. Next year I want to add a paste tomato. Any recommendations?

Fall veggie gardening

This week in mid-August is when I typically finish up planting my fall and winter garden from seed.
These Sugar Snap Peas have been growing a few weeks.

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I have been busy harvesting some great tomatoes today: varieties Glacier and Stupice from Territorial seeds, started in February. These tomatoes will get roasted with olive oil and garlic (375* for 45 minutes) then cooled and put in the food processor to make sauce. So quick and easy.

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I am out of space in my raised beds and greenhouse raised bed so I am experimenting with these two rectangle containers that most people call flower boxes. I never have enough salad greens, so yesterday I planted a several types of lettuce, spinach and kale for baby salad greens. I expect these containers will end up in the greenhouse this fall.

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Cukes in the greenhouse and a tomato outside

Last season I tried to grow lemon cucumbers outdoors in a raised bed. I got one tiny cuke. So this year I got a package of seeds and grew my own starts and planted them inside the greenhouse in a raised bed.

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As you can see, the added heat from the greenhouse was successful. I have been leaving the door to the GH open all the time since May to help vent the heat! It does still get warm inside, kind of like a giant cloche would in the garden. I love it when these things work.

My next success is from Moskovich tomato, purchased from the Central Valley Garden Club plant sale and started outside in Walls-o- Water. Mary Ann, you were right! Thank you. These large babies do grow well here! This is just another example of “get local gardening advice” rather than advice from a book written for a climate different than yours.

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