Jack and the Beanstalk

When our family came to visit the garden, the granddaughters were delighted with everything. They each got to pull a carrot. How magical to see that perfect orange vegetable appear out of the dirt. Felicity, age three, was almost defeated by her carrot’s...

Heartwarming Harvest

We had to go to the garden on Tuesday after work to water since it hasn’t rained in a week and a half, but what a reward! While Jim manned two hoses, I started picking snap peas and ended up with half an ice cream pail. Then beets, carrots, zucchini, onions and...

Onions, Turnips and Beans

I think we must have the perfect climate for Walla Walla onions. I hope it’s not just two lucky years in a row. These onions are seriously amazing – so trouble free and delicious. We transplanted the whole box of tiny onion seedlings and they have never...

Spinach Success

Even if the mesclun was an abject failure, our Tyee spinach was a resounding success. First we were eating spinach that grew from a sowing last fall. It was only a couple of inches high after the winter, but soon took off and gave us a wonderful harvest. By the time...

May I Have a Volunteer?

I wouldn’t plant potatoes on purpose because Jim is allergic to them. But one small hill that showed up all on its own can’t hurt, right? Just one taste is all I ask. So, many thanks to this willing volunteer now in bloom. New potatoes can’t be far...

Mesclun Fail

So far my methods for trying to grow baby greens have not been very successful. This year I planted two of the sixteen squares in the beet box with a mesclun seed mix. It’s not that the baby greens didn’t grow. They did very well. Failure had more to do...

Pea History Repeats Itself

Once again, our beautifully lush Cascadia peas grew higher than their support. Once again, just as they were blooming, we had a tremendously heavy rainstorm. And, of course, once again the vines fell over just as a gorgeous crop of snap peas was in sight. I hope the...

Beet Box

One of the improvements Jim made to our community garden plot this spring was the addition of a raised 4′ x 4′ bed just beyond the rhubarb. The box sits 16 inches above the garden perimeter frame and has made a huge difference. Last year our extremely...

Kale Spring Growth

On Saturday we were able to pick half a grocery bag of kale from the new spring growth on our plants. That will keep us in salad for a week. The plants seem to be producing new leaves at a fast enough rate to provide greens right into May or whenever they go to seed....

Rhubarb Is a Sign of Spring

Saturday was sunny – a rare occurrence here in early spring. It was inspiring enough to send us over to the community garden. We didn’t have to unlock the gate since several other gardeners had the same idea. This photo of our rhubarb looks almost the same...

Squash after Christmas

While I’m on the topic of eating fresh from from the garden in winter, I should mention that we still have four spaghetti squash left. I’d say they’re good keepers. It’s not like our garage is climate controlled or anything. Oh, make that...