To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: April 2014

To Do April Garden

It’s April. Spring, persistently, nudges out winter, but the weather back and forth at this time of year can be trying to the gardener who eager to get out there and sink their hands into soil. Here in the Northwest we have it easy compared to much of the nation which remains buried in the [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: March 2014

March To Do

In like a lion, out like a lamb. That’s what they say about the weather in March, and I suspect that’ll hold true this year. There are always two points during the gardening year when you have to just go on faith that the weather will do, more or less, what you expect it to. [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The NW Edible Garden: February 2014

To Do February

February always feels like the first real month in the garden to me. Sure there’s a few things to do in January, if you want. But my first real round of seed starting happens around mid-month. Count forward 6 weeks and it’s the beginning of April – the perfect time to put hardy brassica transplants [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The NW Edible Garden: January 2014

To Do In The Garden: January

It has been an unusually pleasant January up here in Cascadia – fairly dry and mild – and I’ve been out in the yard more, tidying and futzing and making a few changes to the layout of the garden. I am very eager to get going on this year’s garden. You know how some years [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: June 2013

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For the first June in four years it actually feels like we may get a real summer. Ladies and gentleman, start your tomatoes! (Well, actually, you needed to start them three months ago, but maybe if this unusual Northwest sun keeps showing up they’ll really start ripening fruit for us?) Plan & Purchase: Shocking, isn’t [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: May 2013

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Apparently we here in the Northwest are getting the heat the rest of the world is lacking. It’s downright summery these days! So, with sun on your shoulders and soil rapidly drying out beneath your feet, what needs to be done in the NW Edible Garden in May? Plan & Purchase Warm season edibles-tomatoes, peppers, [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: March 2013

Chard Seedlings

My gardener Spidey Sense tells me that we Maritime Northwest Gardeners aren’t going to see some crazy late super cold snap this month. I could be wrong, for sure, and your microclimate milage may vary, but I think it’s safe to start thinking Spring is here-ish. Here’s what Maritime Northwest gardeners should be doing this [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: October 2012

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This month, if you do nothing else – nothing – get your garlic in. With my eyes all wonky there is a very good chance that I will only be able to do (or delegate) a very limited number of things in the garden this month. My top three priorities are : garlic, garlic and garlic. Plan & Purchase: [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: August 2012

Music Hardneck Garlic

My life-long gardener neighbor is in her 70s and she tells me this weather is unlike anything she’s ever seen before. But she says that every single month. That’s gardeners for ya, always distinguishing among the 50 shades of gray. I refer to the subtle variations of sky color in Seattle, of course. Why, what did you think [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: July 2012

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Beginning of July and everything is soggy with occasional gloombreaks. Typically, Pacific Northwest gardeners are feeling really cheated right about now, having made it through Juneuary and confronting a July that’s not yet delivering summer. Try not to worry – this is all about expectations. Every year we expect summer to run from June to September, and [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: June 2012

June 1 Harvest

Plan & Purchase: Shocking, isn’t it, that it’s time to plan the fall and overwintering garden? Gets me every year. If you are into the year-round harvest thing, now is when you get your gameplan together for things as far away as next May’s cauliflower. Territorial Seed has a dedicated fall/winter catalog that will come [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: May 2012

Small but tasty carrots.

What a change from last year, huh? It has been a gorgeous spring. Evenings are still dipping into the mid-to-low 40s (tonight is projected to be 41 in my neighborhood!) but the days have been great gardening weather – mostly clear, with enough sun to make gardeners happy and enough overcast to make transplants happy. [Continue Reading...]