Gardening Goals And Edible Expectations


My friend Fruit Lady is brand new to veggie growing. This spring she put in several good-sized raised beds, but doesn’t care how much she harvests. She grows vegetables so that she and her kids can learn about the process. Really, it’s mostly for the kids, and anything picked is bonus. That’s not how it [Continue Reading…]

Rock Solid Plant Labels


I garden with kids. My 7 year old is a dream garden helper, when I can pry her out of her books and get her to help. (I have the nicest problems, truly.) She can thin seedlings, pick peas, weed and chicken wrangle. I really don’t know what I’d do without her.  My 10 month [Continue Reading…]

Right Tool, Right Job, Right Technique, Your Technique

One of my best friends is moving to the eastern side of Washington State, where much of the land is under agricultural production. She is joining her fiance, who happens to be a professional seed farmer, on their 5 acre rural plot of land. My friend, Kristen, is excited to have room to start a [Continue Reading…]

Birds Eye View: An Overview Of The Garden


I talk a lot about my garden, and if you are kind enough to read this blog, you know a lot about my garden. A reader asked me to put up a garden map or layout to make it more clear how all the parts of “my office” come together. It is still a great [Continue Reading…]

A Tour Of The Trellises


When we hit up the Seattle Tilth Plant Sale a few weeks ago, we arrived early and had some time to kill before we could start plant shopping. This gave us some time to walk around the Good Shepherd P-Patch. I was struck by how many methods p-patchers were using to trellis their peas and [Continue Reading…]

Keeping Dry: Securing Tunnel Cloches


The past few days in the Seattle area have been so lovely, I think the weather Gods are apologizing for the veritable monsoon of rain that dumped on us two weeks ago.  If you are not in the Maritime Northwest, you might be shaking your head right now, saying: “Seattle is called Rain City for [Continue Reading…]

Be A Very Lazy Garden Planner


When I look out the window right now my garden has big bare patches that trick me into thinking I have far more room for fruit trees than I really do. When the rain is coming down and my infant is asleep, I like to stare out to the garden, imagining a wonderland of edible [Continue Reading…]

The Asparagus Needs To Move Just A Hair To The Left


It started with this idea that everything would be much more attractive and efficiently laid out if only there was a dedicated space for perennials. My asparagus was doing well, hanging out in a big sandy berm that used to form a sweeping naturalistic border across one side of the veggie patch. It flowed in, [Continue Reading…]

Weekend Inspiration: The Joy of Potential


You can tell the gardening season is about to hit full force! The Northwest Flower and Garden Show starts in just a few days and there are so many events and classes this weekend I simply can’t list them all. Go to the calendar for your many, many options. The juniper timbers we are using to build the [Continue Reading…]

Raised Beds and False Economies


False economy is when you think you are saving money but you aren’t. One of the classic false economies is when you buy a lot of something (say, broccoli at Costco) for a very low per-unit price but then due to spoilage end up throwing away half of what you buy. The effective per-unit cost [Continue Reading…]

Worm Composting Class At Sky Nursery


This past Saturday (February 5th) a free class on Worm Composting was offered at Sky by nursery employee Emily Wilkins. She has been Seattle Tilth certified as a Master Composter. The class covered the benefits of worm castings, how to use castings and worm compost tea in the garden, how to set up a new [Continue Reading…]

Edible Garden Design Class at Sky Nursury

Today I attended my second class of the weekend at Sky nursery (the first was a fruit tree grafting demo). The Sky seminar room and I are getting so close, we should really think about moving in together. Brad Halm and Colin McCrate of the Seattle Urban Farm Company (these are the people who designed [Continue Reading…]