Archive for June, 2012

* Food in Jars at the Book Larder

Posted on June 10th, 2012 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.

Fun event of the morning: at a canning demo by the Food in Jars author. The Book Larder is a really cute little shop.


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* fall/winter garden planning

Posted on June 4th, 2012 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

I think I have everything planted now for my summer garden, though I’ll probably do a little reseeding here and there depending on how well things germinate and how successfully I can fend off the slugs from the seedlings.

Now to start planning for the fall and winter! If you are also planning your winter garden and would like to swap seeds, hit me up :)

I was happy to see that Binda Colebrook’s Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest is in a new printing. I’ve gotten this out of the library repeatedly, so it’s nice to fanally have my own copy. She used to garden literally across the street from my house. Can’t get more local advice than that!

My main problem is thinking about which crops will be done when, and what needs to go in next. It’s a big puzzle.

In place already: the kale, brussels sprouts, and chard are already coming up (in fact, the kale is getting ready for a first light harvest), and should all make it through the winter if last year is any indication.

Next up: I’m planning to try to keep the broccoli and cauliflower starts going in pots until the garlic bed clears out. The other early finishers are my fennel and radishes, which I will probably replant with root crops. The onions are getting eaten up pretty quick too, but I’m leaving that space for the strawberries to run. My spring peas are just now producing, so when they’re done I can plant a second planting in the same bed. By August, some of my salad beds will probably be done, making way for onions and scallions. Garlic is no problem since all the tomatoes and squash will be ready to go by October. Salad greens I can probably just intersperse around and about.

What else: somewhere in there, though, I want to fit more root crops, greens, and probably more onions. This is the first year I’ve grown them, and they’re really nice. I might just wait and get starts later on, though, instead of going from seed. Last year, I didn’t get great germination of the seed anyway.

Anybody have any other good planning tips?



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