Saturday, April 29, 2006
Existing bed (above left picture, taken today)-with mystery flowers and irises on the end, in the middle are some rudbeckia and gaillardia I worked around. I covered part of the row after digging until I have a chance to mulch it. New beds are left of this bed.
The other existing bed (above, right) after widening and digging. I worked round the peas, broccoli, spinach, lettuce and parsley in this row. Thyme (golden, maybe) at the bottom of the picture.
Above, left picture is the herb row. At the bottom of the picture is the metal catnip guard/protector created by running over a tomato cage with the riding lawn mower. The above, right picture is another shot of the existing bed with peas, etc. Between these two beds is about 6 feet of grass. This summer I plan to remove the grass and extend the herb/perennial bed. Another fine crop of rocks!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Today, I hung up the geranium and fuchsia baskets that had been in the cold frame and transplanted outside or potted up the rest of the geranium and fuchsia starts along with a few of the marigolds. Moved the tomato plants I bought during my p-patch tour day to the cold frame. All of the other seedlings I still had in the house, including some from my neighbor, are now in the cold frame. I laid out the paths around two new beds and dug half of one existing bed. Pictures to post later.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Hey, Miss P - the dvd arrived! Loved touring your garden this way. Click on the "e-mail me" link to the right and send me a note so I can have your current e-mail address. Please give dear neighbors F&A a hug for me!
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Above, a well grown greens plot that was being picked. I wonder if it had been under a covering earlier. Other plots on all sides of it. Taken from about the same place as the first picture, just turned the other way. You can see tools as volunteers were there tending the shared spaces that day.
This photo is to show my friend J, the new plot owner, stone paths in a plot.
Green coffee bags for mulch / weed barrier until time to plant the bed!
Hmmm... not hard to find in Seattle! Here is my car yesterday. (Now if it will just stop raining long enough to work on the expansion area. Suspect there are more than I can use here too.)
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Snap peas coming up between the parsley and volunteer borage. Oh yes, there are some little rocks growing from pieces left last year. When we first dug this area last year, the soil was good and the rocks weren't as thick as the new area. And the top row of basil is from my seed friend also! Gift seeds must grow better than others. I didn't expect ALL of them to sprout. The lower row is another type of basil.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The side windows are just sitting on uneven stones and not yet attached. That's where the flying buttresses came in handy! My plan is to add handles to the top of the side windows and some sort of adjustable attachment between the handle and the top of the a-frame. Then the base of the side windows can be bumped out for ventilation, or the top can be leaned out. Note the scientifically calculated ventilation built into the roof line (ha ha). Some leveling of the side stones and overall polishing up to do still.
After exploring many types of hardware at the hardware store, all it took were these handy hinges and lots and lots of experimenting before settling on this simple design. Note, the prices shown were even before the discount (at Earthwise Salvage)!
This morning, there was frost on the north side and the inside was a little above freezing. The plants seem to take it ok, though. We threw a covering over the top tonight and will see what that does to the inside temperature.
Monday, April 10, 2006
This is a small p-patch surrounded by houses and a school. Many people know each other and were quick to introduce themselves to anyone they didn't
recognize. My friend's plot has the purple pansies left by the prior gardener. It is around 10 feet x 15 feet.
The tool shed shown is shared by the gardeners. You can see some of the larger plots here. The one in front of the shed is around 30 feet by 10 feet, with a narrow path in the middle. In the last picture shown, the upright growth along the stepping stone path is raspberries. On the other side of the stone path are stakes for the wonderful dahlias that will grow there. Happy Gardening, J!
Friday, April 07, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Now I'm waiting for frogs in the pond and Petunia in the garden. At least about 20 snap peas are poking above the soil (planted Mar 19), as well as some radish seeds given to us years ago.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Now I need to get serious about making a cold frame / mini greenhouse out of this window collection. There are 6 the same size. The 2 small ones are missing some glass. I'll be checking out blogs for pictures, but feel free to send me any creative ideas!
Saturday, April 01, 2006
* no snow required * won't melt when you hug him * reseeds himself for next year * discourages solicitors * washes clean in the rain * fun to watch grow * changes outfits with the seasons * goes well with whipped cream...
Yes, this was our 2005 Christmas greetings. Now you've seen it all and the last of the big pumpkin (with his sheep wool beard). We roasted the giant seeds in January (but the rest of him was getting squishy).