Category: Gardening

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The ($) value of a Small Garden

In learning about growing potatoes (since our potatoes should arrive in the next couple days),  I stumbled into an article about the dollar  value of produce a small home garden can produce.  Link: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/Square-Foot-Gardening-Food.aspx That article...

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The three habits of highly effective tomatoes.

I didn’t really know this until recently, but it turns out Tomatoes come in one of three “Habits”. Those three habits are: determinate, indeterminate, and semi-determinate (less common.)  A seething mass of indeterminate tomato...

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Growing Potatoes, vertically!

This year, we are trying something new in the garden, POTATOES.   Given that potatoes are cheap and readily available at the store, and they can be easily purchased from a local source year round, Why Potatoes? Amy...

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A living room jungle

These enthusiastic onions under supplemental light will get planted out in March. (This flat includes green onions, walla walla onions, shallots and leeks) Our starts are doing well.  We now have two shelves filled with...

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Celebrating “Spring Fake” 2010

Just as the east coast has gotten pummeled with 30 inches of snow, a false spring has struck Seattle.  On our walk today I saw many signs of  spring including small tuliplike flowers, greener grasses and the...

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Seeds are here…

After splitting a major seed purchase with Alicia, I have a lot of new varieties to grow this year!   I am most excited about the new Heirloom Tomato varieties, the Runner Beans which should have brighlty colored...

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First round of Seedlings.

In addition to starting the new year with a frigid swim, I also planted my first round of seeds on January 1st. Here we are, 20 days later, and I have seedlings to show...

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Building Raised Beds

I thought it would be useful to include the schematic I used in building my newest addition to the garden in the form of three 7″ tall 4’x4′ raised garden beds which I built...

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Seeds!

I finished reading through my seed catalogues and cross referencing the offerings against my Maritime Northwest Garden guide.  My goal was to increase both the variety, quality and uglyness* of this year’s garden.  I found that...

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Gardening in a Small Suburban Home

In 2006, inspired by the book “The all new Square Foot Gardening” I began gardening in earnest along the side of our small suburban home.  I began with four 4×4 foot partially raised beds....

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The $ of Food

As my wife called out in her blog today, we bought a ton of local produce at the farmer’s market and we are in the process of converting it into frozen pasta sauces and soups for...