The word pollinator often brings to mind visions of bumblebees or honey bees, which are the most economically significant and most identifiable of the pollinators. But bees are just a few of the insects that make up the diverse world of pollinators. For national Pollinator Week, I took the camera out on the farm not… Continue reading In Defense of Weeds
Oregano is an extremely useful herb in the kitchen and beautiful in the garden whether you use it as a ground cover, a specimen plant, or in containers. This hardy perennial is a no-fuss Mediterranean herb with low-water and fertilizer needs. Oregano will thrive in a wide range of conditions from a hot sunny herb… Continue reading Drying Oregano
If you live in a hot-summer area, you’ve probably already planted your corn (or should have…). But if you live in a cool-summer region like the Pacific Northwest, you are not too late to get out there and plant some delicious corn to enjoy this summer.
Artichokes are a tasty, fun, and beautiful addition to any garden. They certainly prefer some climates more than others, but they can be grown in many areas if they are started early enough / have enough mulch.
In most areas, there are few times during the season when peas and peppers cross in the garden. Here in the Pacific Northwest the harvest of early fall peas can cross with late-ripening peppers, but peppers worship midsummer heat while peas prefer it cool. If you live in a cool climate, the one time your… Continue reading Peas and Peppers
While many of you from colder regions might consider our cold snap a mild winter, for our area the temperates have been far below normal with night lows in the twenties and day-time temperates barely escaping freezing. Our ground has been frozen for several weeks now, which is quite unusual here. But at last, we’re… Continue reading Thawing Out
While nothing could get us to leave the farm, it was time for bigger and better things for our farm’s blog. We’ve just finished migrating over from our old wordpress.com blog to our new self-hosted blog. Most of the posts from our previous blog will still be available here, and many new ones are on… Continue reading We’ve Moved (Our Blog)!
Spring planting has been coming along wonderfully. As of today, along with the colder weather plants, nearly all the tomatoes are up and even the peppers are starting to pop up. Most of the scented geraniums successfully made it through the winter despite the ceaseless flooding in the greenhouse. They’re all going to be moved… Continue reading Scented Geranium – Luciflora and…Not Luciflora
This weekend we prepped the Summer House for spring vegetable starts, converting the trellising into tables. Here’s Tim finishing adjustments to the legs and starting to pull down the table tops. The tables already have some native flower starts, and for the vegetables we’re starting with the alliums—the onion family—because they can go out the… Continue reading Starting Leeks
My apologies to whoever named the beautiful Rescue pear and to Rescue Rooter for borrowing their name, but my dad, who names all our trees, just couldn’t help himself. Our newest tree is a Rescue pear, and it’s taking the place of Elly, our poor, deceased Elberta peach, in the orchard. We had to dig… Continue reading New Tree — Rescue 'Rooter' Pear