2014 Garden Sale- Tentative List

Tentatively, these are the plants that will be available this year:

Herbs

Evergreen Bunching Onions
Cilantro
Sweet Basil

Tomatoes:

Cooking Type:
Martino’s Roma

Slicing Type:
Legend
Beefsteak
Heirloom Rainbow Blend

Cherry Type
Yellow Pear
Sweetie
Black Cherry

Hot Season Crops:
Toma Verde Tomatillo
Cal Wonder Sweet Pepper
Kandy Korn Sweet Corn

Squash:
Black Beauty Zucchini
Marketmore Cucumber
Spookier Deep Sugar Pumpkin
Waltham Butternut Squash
Amish Pie Pumpkin

Cool Season Crops (mustard family)
Lacinato (Dino) Kale
Rainbow Mix Swiss Chard
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
Waltham 29 Broccoli

Flowers
Cosmos- orange mix
Dwarf Sensation Mixed Cosmos- pinks mix
Echinacea
Crackerjack marigolds
Dwarf Jewel mix Nasturtium
Calendula

Fruit:

Raspberry Canes

Vermicomposting in Winter

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The bottom bin- some worms still hang out down here, but it is definitely ready to dump in the garden, worms and all.

I was happy to see that this set up did OK in the winter on my deck, because it made it so much easier to feed them! I had to empty rain out a few times from that bottom lid and it is probably wetter than the worms would prefer. I thought they had all died, but now that the weather is a bit warmer the population had exploded and we are back in business. I think they just burrowed deeper to get away from the cold.

2014 Seed List

Herbs
Evergreen Bunching Onions
Cilantro
Sweet Basil
Garlic

Root Vegetables
Scarlet Nantes Carrots
Nantes Tip-Top Carrots
Chioggia Beets
Japanese White Icicle Radish
Sparkler Radish
Watermelon Radish

Tomatoes:

Cooking Type:
Martino’s Roma

Slicing Type:
Legend
Beefsteak
Heirloom Rainbow Blend

Cherry Type
Yellow Pear
Sweetie
Black Cherry

Hot Season Crops:
Toma Verde Tomatillo
Cal Wonder Sweet Pepper
Kandy Korn Sweet Corn
Blue Lake 274 Bush Beans

Cucurbit:
Black Beauty Zucchini
Marketmore Cucumber
Spookier Deep Sugar Pumpkin
Waltham Butternut Squash
Amish Pie Pumpkin

Cool Season Crops
Sugar Daddy Peas
Oregon Sugar Pod II Bush Peas (Snow pea)
Gourmet Mix, Lettuce
Lacinato (Dino) Kale
Rainbow Mix Swiss Chard
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
Waltham 29 Broccoli

Flowers
Cosmos- orange mix
Dwarf Sensation Mixed Cosmos- pinks mix
Echinacea
Crackerjack marigolds
Dwarf Jewel mix Nasturtium
Calendula

Grey Mammoth Sunflowers

I meant to scale back this year on seed purchases, and still ended up with 7 kinds of tomatoes. Oh well!

Permanent fruit plantings already in the ground:
Fig
Plum
Blackberry
Raspberry
Blueberry
Strawberry (but might replant this year)

Permanent/Self Seeding
Chives
Thyme
Stevia
Borage
Day lily (yes, it is delicious.)
Garlic- I always find a few little stalks coming up in old patches.

Wild Forage:
Red huckleberry
Osso Plum
Nettle
Bittercress
Clover
Thimble berry
Dandelion

A New School Room Shelf

Little things make a difference, right?

School room cubbies

 

We purchased a cubby system for our school room to house all the kids’ games, art supplies, and school books.  Beyond Cocoa taking every opportunity that first week to empty all the board game boxes onto the floor, this has been WONDERFUL.  Everything has a proper place, and it’s easy for the kids to get their stuff out AND put it away.

The shelf fits nicely under a counter that was meant to be bar-height but was always a bit too tall to sit at, a bit too narrow to put anything on, and a bit too damp from dishes waiting to be washed or loaded into the dishwasher.

So far, school is wonderful this year.  Mimi has kindergarten with her cousin and grandma twice a week in the afternoons, Ernie and I do her school work while the toddler sleeps after lunch, and everyone is calm and happy.  I’ve been careful with our schedule this year to only plan things that we need or REALLY want.  I laid out a list of goals for each child, and then struck out whatever didn’t meet those goals.  The local co-op classes were cut, as was the afternoon drop-off gym class at our YMCA, but we’re keeping a bi-monthly group music class, bi-monthly church activities for Ernie, and weekly trips to the gym where the young kids get a pre-schoolish setting upstairs, and Ernie and I go zumba.  We’ve left time for field trips and errands in the morning, kept Cocoa’s nap time secure, and everyone wins.

 

Harvest in August

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Roma, cherry, and yellow pear tomatoes, a few figs, and a bowl’s worth of tomatillos. This is my first harvest of figs and tomatillos!

I need to test my garden soil, all but one raised bed is full of skimpy, stunted plants with small fruits. I would think it’s an issue with me, except the kids garden bed is lush and dark green with enormous plants. Same plants, water, fertilizer, and gardener!

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First Tomatoes

Let this be my journal entry: first tomatoes of the year! I found 4 yellow pear tomatoes, 2 in the tomatillo bed, 2 in the garden wall tomato bed.

I will definitely be planting early again next year (May) and using water tepees again. I normally don’t get tomatoes in the ground till late June. Of course, this spring was unusually hot and dry. I’ve fertilized once (the leaves were turning yellow and the plants weren’t growing) and I’ve never fertilized before.

What Is This?

This popped up in our yard last year, and I left it. The flowers are nice, but don’t smell nice. Leaves don’t smell nice either. I’ve found tiny new plants scattered a few places around the yard, too.

What is it? The plant makes a dense mound about 15″x15″. The flowers are about the size of my thumbnail.

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