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
Raspberries are a wonderfully easy plant to clean up for the new season. At its simplest, pruning raspberries can just mean cutting out the dead canes. Most raspberry canes are biennial, growing the first year and producing fruit in their second year. Other raspberries, primocane varieties, fruit on both first and second year canes.
Last week, I posted about the Giant Oak scented geranium. This week’s scented geranium is the Giant Oak’s tiny cousin, Poquito. The funny thing about my Poquito is that it was actually one of my largest scented geraniums for quite some time.
Actually they were planted a few weeks ago, but it’s never too late to share the joy of planting tomatoes. All our tomatoes are growing under plastic this year. Sometimes we also grow them out in the field, but we’re growing a lot more big boys this year.
I mentioned earlier that we had bought strawberry flats from a local farm for processing, and here are some of those beautiful berries. Many of them went into the freezer to become strawberry yogurt during the winter, and others were turned into jams.