Photo taken 10/15/2013
My daughter has been taxed with analyzing a book chock full of metaphors for school and they really piss her off so I’m sure she’d find a plant called love-lies-bleeding worthy of an eye roll whereas most people find it charming. It certainly comes across as very Victorian. Read more »
Edible nasturtiums and calendulas for the vegetable or ornamental beds
I’m about to put some raised beds in my hellstrip (the sunniest part of the yard) to grow edibles. I started to write vegetables and herbs but I’ll actually have strawberries, blueberries, possibly grapes and edible flowers mixed in so even though growing “edibles” sounds all trendy it is also accurate. Read more »
WIld self-sowers around the edges (some edible) and a tidier mid-section.
Vegetable gardens are usually perceived to be tidy places – carrots and lettuces lined up in rows, tomatoes confined to their cages and beans climbing sedately up their tepees. Reality is often toppled tepees, tomatoes oozing over cages and flowing along the ground and unthinned carrots and lettuces that are a carpet of spindly plants. Maintaining a tidy vegetable garden is work. Indeterminate tomatoes can put on 8′ of growth and we hope to contain them in 3′ high cages? Fat chance. So you can plan your garden to minimize the chaos, embrace the wildness or some combo thereof. Read more »
I received the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog the other day. It’s the first time I’ve received this particular catalog and it made me realize how few catalogs I get nowadays. I miss them.
Seed and plant catalogs are positively seductive. I sortof want to call them flower and vegetable porn but they’re way too wholesome for that. Read more »
I finally added some new photos to the photos page. I’d written that I’d have new photos weekly. I had a nice array of fragrant April shrubs up. Sigh. Now there are stylish vegetables.
I know I ranted about GM seeds in the last post and certainly didn’t mean to go back there today but when I went looking for info on this cool black tomato I found myself on the cutting edge of vegetable science, although I’m not sure exactly where along the cutting edge I am. Read more »
As a good Seattle liberal I’ll occasionally dis big business, specifically agribusiness and the pharmaceutical companies. Having let off steam I return to my comfortable life, but Monsanto has really pissed me off this time. Read more »
I’m not a kale eater but if you want to add some long-lived good looks to the vegetable garden, it’s hard to go wrong with kale. Read more »
Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’
I found oregano growing in the lawn once, at a house in Ashland, OR. I found it, of course, by stepping on it releasing an unexpected waft of the kitchen from my otherwise unremarkable grass. Something about that oregano just pleased me no end and I would go out of my way to step on it. Since then I’ve grown quite a few oreganos but that lawn oregano is probably still my favorite. Read more »
Seeds failing to germinate, tomatoes refusing to ripen, and basil languishing are all typical signs of summer in Seattle. It’s often beautiful with pleasant temperatures for people but oh, those poor tropical, heat-loving plants just sulk. I’m sure someone has managed to ripen a melon in Seattle but I haven’t met them.
What a plant needs temperature-wise involves daytime temps, nighttime temps and soil temps. Our cool nights, even in the height of summer, shock and delay growth for many heat-loving plants. (FYI, please, do not buy that poor little basil plant sitting in front of the grocery store at the moment and plop it in the ground expecting it to grow. It needs night time temps reliably above 55°F.) Read more »