Elaine’s yard is glorious! Every inch is bursting with unusual herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruit and juicy, succulent tomatoes. Back in March when I first visited it was all carefully placed beds and dreams; look below to see how those dreams have come true.
Archive for the ‘Growing’ Category
Each morning I take a walk and take pictures of whatever flowers are in season. The last few weeks have I have seen so many different shapes, sizes and colors of hydrangeas. These showy flowers come in mop or pom-pom heads or in lacecaps and they can be tucked in to a pot or allowed to […]
These showy flowers are very easy to grow from tubers planted in the spring and they brighten up the mid-summer garden with amazing blooms. Thanks to The Garden Hotline for this great info: “Dahlias ARE edible! The petals from the flowers are delicious in salads. They taste like a sweet lettuce. They do not keep […]
This glorious hot summer is bringing out the plants in full force! Just harvested the wheat and oats and the tomatoes are coming along nicely. What is doing well in your garden this year?
Flax seeds add a nice nutritious nutty flavor to many dishes and the fibrous stalks can be spun into fiber. Growing this plant in the Northwest is so easy that it’s almost seen as a weed. First grow the flax: Once it has matured and the seed pods are fully formed, harvest it and let […]
With our mild climate you really can eat fresh veggies all year but you need to start planning for your fall and winter garden now. This can be hard with a garden full of warm season favorites but it can be done. I just harvested my garlic, peas and onions so in the new bit […]
Doesn’t the word “mulch” have a great sound to it? It means to apply a layer of material to your soil to conserve water, prevent weeds and to increase the richness of your soil. Right now is a great time to do all of these things as the weather will be hot and dry for the next […]
I just harvested the onions I planted back in February. The tops were turning yellow and flopping over a few days ago so I knocked the rest over and stopped watering to let them start to dry out while still in the soil. Once they are pulled it’s important to let them dry completely before […]
Right now is a good time to harvest garlic. Braiding it then hanging it in a cool, dark place is a great way to store it for later. First dry the garlic until the leaves are limp and the outside of the bulb is getting papery. Gently brush off the dirt and trim the roots off. […]
The last couple of weeks I have been in the West African country of Mali doing work for my master’s degree. My first day in country, on the way from my house to call a taxi at the paved road, a woman working in a small garden plot called out the morning greeting of “I […]