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Getting all smart and stuff

Life throws some whopper curveballs sometimes. Unfortunately after being with my husband for 12 years, I recently learned he's not the person anyone thought him to be. I try not to post personal stuff on this blog (being a gardening blog…
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Oregon October Garden Checklist

Can you believe it's the first day of Autumn already and almost October? The stores are filled with Halloween and Autumn decorations and quickly filling up more with Winter/Christmas decorations. Crazy! If you live in Oregon, OSU's Extension…
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Almost done for the year

The last of the potatoes and onions got harvested yesterday. The onions were trying to flower, I guess it's been this bizarre 'super hot to below normal temps' weather. All that is left are a few cucumbers and tons of tomatoes. I'm thinking…

How should my fall garden grow?

What do you want to see my bust my fool neck trying to keep alive this fall? To make it extra challenging, nothing from the Cruciferous family (migraine city for me!) - I know they're great for fall and winter crops too, sorry! Cruciferous…

May in Oregon

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/calendar/#may Leafrolling worms will affect apples and blueberries. Prune off affected leaves and place pheromone traps or spray with approved pesticides. Trap moles and gophers as new mounds…
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Things are happening, a tiny bit at a time

Transplanting and I are not best of friends. I'm bad about properly hardening off. I can tell anyone how to do it, but when it comes down to it myself, I forget. Both to put them outside, and to remember to bring them in at the proper time for…

Row covers: 9 gauge vs 14 gauge - lesson learned!

Update: See the row covers here! Today dried out enough to do some work on the garden. I transplanted the onions and lettuce and planted the peas. Started the pea trellis. Decided to do row covers over the lettuce and onions. We ran to Lowes…

Very late pictures

Here's our redneck mini greenhouses: Water bottle, cut in half. 2 notches cut on the bottom edge for drainage. Fill bottom half with damp soil, add seed or plant. Water well. Cut slit on bottom edge of top piece so you can insert the…

Sunny and productive

Super nice today! We got out and got the fence up around the new garden area and started tilling (the soil is AWESOME by the way, tilling is mostly needed to break up the overgrowth of weeds), plus started spreading the huge pile of wood chips…

Growth in pictures

Not much to say, the pictures speak for themselves. It's not amazing or spectacular growth, but I'm happy with it....

Taters in a box

Someone on a gardening forum I visit posted a link to a method of growing potatoes in basically a box, adding height and soil to the box as the plant grows to encourage more growth. I have heard of this, but didn't have time to try it last year…

Composting.... Fireplace Ash

Since I haven't ever gardened at the same time I had a wood stove or fireplace, I never needed to look this up, but I was curious tonight if our ashes from the fireplace would be beneficial, or at least safe, for the compost. The next door…