Color in the Vegetable Garden

We have all seen great pictures and even visited designed vegetable gardens. Some great potager, or kitchen, gardens are famous for their beautiful symmetrical designs. My kitchen garden sports simple raised beds in a fairly linear design. I’m planning on...

Just Breathe

Summer is creeping up slowly. Hard to imagine that the 15th of June was raining, blowing, and 52. Sometimes you have to just wait without railing against the weather and just enjoy. Some things were very unhappy in the garden. The tomatoes think they got transplanted...

Growing In My Greenhouse

Often, I find myself loving a plant that is hard to find. I also really want to put unusual garden worthy plants into the designs I do. I started last year to grow some of the things I love to use in my own greenhouse. While I may not be an experienced grower, I can...

Mother’s Day Garden

Not to be outdone by the Easter Garden the grand-kids in Illinois (zone 6a) planted a garden with their mom for Mother’s Day.  Let’s join Kristen for a quick tour… We started prepping our garden back at the end of April.  If we wanted to we could call our little...

Garden Progress

It is almost the end of the 3rd year of Gardening at Beach Road house.   It is amazing to look back on the last three years and see how the garden is developing.   I do much of the work myself so, even though I know a guy, I don't have the luxury of paid help except...

Easter Gift of Plants

It is always a struggle to find something to give to a 16 year old for Easter... Dress? No GMA. Little white gloves, hat, chicks, bunnies, stuffed animals? No GMA. This girl doesn’t even like candy that much. A Starbucks card is good but pretty ordinary. So, this year...

Sunny Day

Today we are supposed to have sun.  The sky is getting lighter and I saw the moon last night.   This may seem silly to many of my readers out there that see the sun and the moon numerous occasions throughout the winter, but here in the Pacific Northwest it has been a...

Snowdrops: Yes Spring Is Coming

Finally we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or should I say light in the sky for longer periods of time.    Many gardeners  say that winter is the best season.  I tend to agree but this year, I’m so done with it.   Left over plants from the garden show...

Under Cover Winter Veg

Picking out a clear plastic container out of my fridge that, having gone unnoticed, now contained liquefied salad greens I swore it could not continue... The beds have been cleaned out and waiting for this horrible winter to conclude but still it remains in the 30’s...

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