Would you wait three years for a bloom?

Going back to my theme of “this wouldn’t grow in Minnesota” I planted some things in my western Washington garden that I could not get to grow in my Minnesota garden. David Austin roses lover the maritime climate here without any winter protection. Perennial herbs are such a treat. But the star of the day is this Monrovia yucca plant. It’s a first for me. I think I have been waiting three years for this yucca to bloom. Worth the wait, don’t you think?

Greenhouse bed between crops

I just finished the best crop of broccoli since I have been gardening in this location! (I am almost sick of eating broccoli. Or at least I am ready for a break from brassicas.) January 14 I started Apollo broccoli and February 20 I started Broccoli blend from Terretorial Seeds. I use a heat mat and lights at that time of year. Today I picked the last side buds and removed the plants. Now I am wondering what to add to this bed to get it ready for the next crop of broccoli for fall and winter. Any opinions out there? 

Too hot for transplants

I am trying something new for me since this is my third try with cucumber seedlings this year. I planted them out in the early evening then I covered the area with Remay fabric for sun shade, not frost protection. This raised bed is intensively planted with warm season crops such as tomatoes and a few bush beans. I draped the fabric over tomato cages to allow for air circulation. I hope this will give the transplanted cucumbers a better chance at success tomorrow during the expected sunny weather. 

Heat, heat, heat!


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


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!



Vegetables forever

imageI will always be a vegetable gardener. I still get a thrill from being able to go out into my garden and pick a salad for lunch. I am able to do that about eight months of the year and I would like to up that as I know there are gardeners on the Pacific Northwest who are able to do year round harvesting. Every year is different in some way. This is the first year I have has a good crop of radishes that the slugs did not find. In my hopeful sort of way, I put down a few radish seeds every spring thinking they will be my trap crop to be sacrificed the slugs but not this year.

My big success this so far this year has been sugar snap peas. I planted two varieties, the early Super Sugar Snap that I began harvesting today and the slightly later Cascadia which is blooming now.

My struggle this year is with cucumber seeds/transplants. I started way too early and the first transplants were ok for about three days in the ground, then died. Next I tried direct seeding and that was a bust! Today I went back to indoor lights and heat mat with germinating mix. Seeds are cheap. I hope the third time is a charm.

My EarthKind rose gardenĀ 

I have a problem area on the property that I call the bluff. There is a retaining wall and a rise of ten steep feet. Five years ago I had a vision and four years ago I planted. It is really difficult to get up there to weed or prune, so I chose varieties listed in the EarthKind collection at Chamblees roses. I am very happy this area is filling in as I hoped. The roses are ‘Rev d’Or’ and ‘Mutabalis’.