Monthly Archives: July 2011

Harvest, Week of July 27

The last of the spring veggies ready this week and it’s time to think about fall and winter crops already. Finally there are some blank spots in the beds to plant seeds. The summer crops are just getting going though.. … Continue reading

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Tart Cherries

Pie cherry or sour cherry Prunus cerasus ROSACEAE, The Rose family A nice gleaning session was had when I found a tart cherry tree down the block. The owner said I could have as many as I wanted so I … Continue reading

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Poppies, second act

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Pest Management

It may seem like another bunk year for gardening, but the weather is better than last year. It has been warmer and less wet – but we got measurable rain once it did ‘dry out’. It seemed like the rain … Continue reading

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Poppies

It’s been an insane year for poppies. Red and purple opium poppies came with our house as a weed and I’ve let them reseed themselves and selected for the brighter colors. This winter I planted another variety of opium poppy … Continue reading

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Food forest tart

I realized today how many kinds of ripe berries there are in the garden and decided to top the tart I was making with some of each: blueberries, strawberries, alpine strawberries, red currants, honeyberries, goumi, red raspberries and black raspberries. … Continue reading

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Purple leafed orchid

Epipactis gigantea ‘Serpentine Night’ ORCHIDACEAE, The Orchid family This unusual beauty has been blooming for a few weeks. The foliage is so gorgeous I didn’t have many expectations beyond that, so I was pleasantly surprised by the trusses of rust … Continue reading

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Bee’s Friend

Lacy phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia BORAGINACEAE, The Borage family Erik Blender opened his garden this evening for a permaculture meet-up and this was one of the many of the beneficial insect plants growing there. Like mine, his food forest/garden system is … Continue reading

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Mountain Hike

A beautiful hike at Grassy Knoll today with clear views, eventually, of Mt. Adams. There were lots of flowers in bloom and the promise of a very bountiful berry season ahead. We saw serviceberry, thimbleberry, huckleberry and strawberry among others.

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