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...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: April 2012

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Yesterday I spent the entire day in the sunshine of Spring and my cheeks are now sun-blushed. Unbelievable! Wasn’t it snowing last week? Now, my gardeners intuition and the temperature of the soil tell me it’s still a bit cold to get most things to germinate quickly, but nature tells me my intuition can suck it, cause [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: March 2012

Pea Transplants

Last year I wrote the March 2011 To Do list and there was snow on the ground. This year? Yeah…you guessed it! But, hey, ignore the snow dusting the ground right now – the fact is, March is here, spring is coming and we gardeners can feel it. Here’s what Maritime Northwest gardeners should be [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: February 2012

Late winter food: sprouts with bacon and bourbon-mustard sauce

Time to get going. The days are stretching out, gardeners can feel spring reaching out to take hold of the vegetable plot. February is the month in the Maritime Northwest when you begin to begin, and by now most of us have recovered enough from September that we are eager to get going. Plan & [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: December 2011

Well, it’s December, and let’s be honest: most of us are pretty busy with the indoor bustle of the holiday season and are happy the garden is in a self-tending way. So far, November and December have been relatively mild, and I’ve still got tender herbs like lemon verbena growing well in sheltered locations. Harvesting [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: November 2011

Plan & Purchase:November in the garden is – blessedly – slow. After a big push of preserving and harvesting, November only asks for only a little clean up and mulch while waiting for the gardener to harvest as she likes. The biggest deal in November is first frost and wind – so this is a great [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: October 2011

Plan & Purchase:This is a great month to order bare root fruit trees and shrubs! If you didn’t get a garlic order in or save your own seed cloves, hit up your local farmers market before they shut down and buy some hardneck garlic to plant now. If you don’t have cloches, buy or scrounge [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: September 2011

Plan & Purchase: You’ve ordered your garlic, already, right? If you want to expand your fruit or perennial selection, you can order now and plan on late fall to get trees, bushes and vines in the ground. Sow Indoors: Unless you’ve got a heated greenhouse, there’s no reason to start anything under lights now. Sow Outside Plan [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: August 2011

From the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide:“The cooler weather that takes the heat out of summer frequently arrives during the final two weeks of August.” So just in case you’ve been feeling beat down by the sweltering high-60s/low-70s weather we’ve been having, relief is on the way! I jest of course. This summer officially isn’t. Still, there [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: July 2011

It looks like warmer weather might finally be here. (Quick, someone knock on some wood!) It’s relative, of course, warmer in my neighborhood is 72 degree days and 53 degree nights. That’s enough for me to get a rosy glow about my neck and shoulders while I work the garden, and is good news for [Continue Reading...]