Category Archives: Vegetables

Future Mushrooms

I’ve decided to try my hand at growing mushrooms. I don’t care for them, but I do like gardening challenges. This oak, a fine specimen save for the fact that it was too close to the house, will hopefully provide … Continue reading

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The Cucumber That Got Away

If you’ve gardened for any length of time, you’ve probably found a huge zucchini hidden under a leaf, too big to be edible, but fun nonetheless. I saw this Armenian cucumber weeks ago, too big already to be very good, … Continue reading

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Summer So Far: Fire, Raised Beds and Potatoes

I’ll start with the fire. The Trailhead Fire continues to burn, with lots of choking smoke starting usually around 11 PM and continuing through morning, although it’s looking like it will skip torching my house (fingers crossed).  This fire is … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

It’s warming up here, and many things are flowering. Pictured below is the very first flowering of the Felix Gillet quince. The fall-planted cabbages are flowering as well. I harvested most of the plants for sauerkraut, but let a few … Continue reading

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Burning Boards

Worked a little today on the raised bed project, using a propane torch to burn the cedar boards I milled over the summer in a yakisugi sort of way…

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Double Digging

Spent the last few weekends double digging the garden beds, and planted out the summer annuals.  Double digging is the process of creating deep soils by removing a bunch of dirt from a bed, breaking up the soil at the … Continue reading

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I started gardening seriously out of a desire to try new fruits and vegetables, especially those that are not readily available in the produce section or at the farmers market.  One plant I’ve been eager to try is the American … Continue reading

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Sanding Seeds and Preparing for Fall

Gardening is a year-round endeavor. Having finally finished (mostly) the summer vegetable infrastructure – toms, peppers, squashes, beans, tomatillos, cucumbers, and melons planted, irrigation set up and automatic timers ticking, structural supports and trellises in place, rows mulched – I … Continue reading

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Five Figs and Five Hibaku Seedlings

Spent part of the day taking down the summer garden, and preparing rows for this year’s garlic, shallots and leeks, while gathering and snacking on stray fruits and vegetables – a few tomatoes here, a tomatillo there, a bit of … Continue reading

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Shallot Harvest

I love shallots, and their relatives – garlic, onions, leeks and elephant garlic – and this year’s harvest was the best I’ve had. I pulled the garlic a week or two ago, saving the best twenty heads (5 cloves each), … Continue reading

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