Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring Has Arrived

Ok, Spring is definitely here. April has just started and the temperatures are starting to hit the low 70's. All of my Spring bulbs have bloomed, and the hellebore have been blooming for the past couple of months. I have planted telephone-pole shelling peas, and planted some more spinach. Also, I plan on putting in Cipollini onions within the next week. Now that the fuchsia is gone, I have a lot more room for veggies this summer. I will be growing corn and beans.



Sunday, February 7, 2016

Early Color

We are still in winter but the Scilla Tubergeniana and Hellebore are blooming, and the tulips are on the way.



Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year

So, it is January 1st and pretty cold outside. The Interbay P-Patch had their annual New Year's gathering. There was plenty of food to eat. Also, I was able to dig up the fuchsia (will certainly feel it tomorrow) and with Donna's help to transplant it on the south side of the p-patch. This will free about nearly a quarter of my plot for other plants.

Friday, December 4, 2015

End of Year Update

There isn't much new to report. I have officially put my plot to bed for the Winter (laid down leaves and covered with burlap. All of the remaining corn husks and debris has been removed. I am hoping to remove the monster-sized fuchsia once the vegetation dies off. The pile of dirt next to the plant will go in the hole created by its vacancy.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stormpocalypse 2015


Seattle was slammed the other day with a major wind storm (40+ mph winds). Needless to say, my corn did not fair well. I tried to support it, but with mixed results.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Corn!

I been been steadily harvesting beans for weeks (and freezing them). The corn is now ready to harvest. Also, I made French Onion Soup and fajitas using many of the onions (still have more).



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Record-Breaking Temperatures

June (and now July) set some records for hot weather in the Seattle area. For the past several weeks the daily averages have been in the mid to high 80's, hitting 90 degrees in some spots. So, lots of perspiring and consuming of Frappuccinos. Yet, also, everything is growing like crazy (see pic below). I have begun harvesting my onions. The bush green beans are coming along and about to begin flowering. Also, I bought two bell pepper plants from Fred Meyer and planted them in the SE corner of my plot.

The corn is coming along nicely, about three-feet high so far. I have amended its soil with chicken manure and bonemeal, and water everything every other day. One challenge with the corn is keeping some of the stalks from falling/tipping over. My plot gets a fair amount of wind, which tends to blow things around. So, I have been supporting some stalks with short poles or stakes, and adding more soil at their bases.