Tag Archives: Vegetables

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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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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Groundnut!

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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Signs of Spring, Golden Currants and a DIY Greenhouse

Spent the whole day in the garden, puttering, pruning, and propagating. The rhubarb is waking up, another sign that spring is here, and the Nanking cherries I planted last year are blooming – pictured below is the one planted in … Continue reading

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Constantinople Quince!

I traveled to the Sierra Seed Cooperative’s seed exchange to pick up the Constantinople Quince I bought from the Felix Gillet Institute.  It’s a nice tree – well rooted, lively and healthy.  I put it in the ground in the … Continue reading

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Putting the Annual Garden to Bed

The weather is changing quickly here, with relatively heavy, early rains yesterday and today.  Spent the weekend harvesting the last of the summer crops, putting the garden to bed, and planting the last of the fall/winter vegetables.  Pulled the soaker … Continue reading

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Like a Broken Record…

Garlic scapes!  This handful is the second harvest.  I could go on and on about garlic scapes, but I’ve already done so here and here. Today I planted a bunch of things out in the food forest, including grapes, an … Continue reading

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I <3 Fava Beans

Fava beans (Vicia faba) are a treat in late spring and early summer. They require a fair amount of processing compared to other peas and beans, as they must first be freed from their pods, then blanched so that the … Continue reading

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Layering Blackcurrants

Spent the day propagating plants.  Back in fall, I tried my hand at ground layering, a technique that involves burying part of a plant stem to encourage the plant to root in place.  Specifically, I bent a long blackcurrant stem … Continue reading

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Planning for Spring – Seed Savers Exchange

Not a lot to do in the garden lately.  I’m holding out hope that the scarily dry winter will give way to a miracle March, filled with snow and rain.  In the meantime, the catalogs have arrived in force.  Along … Continue reading

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