This year I decided to go with Baker Creek to order my seeds. Not for any specific reason except I did buy their catalog (on a whim) and thought I should put it to good use. It’s a beautiful catalog – not sure about the almost $10 price tag.
Some of the more interesting things I’m going to attempt to grow in my zone 7a/b garden are melons. I ordered Minnesota Midget (70 days) and Katanya Watermelon (60-70 days). I also ordered some dahlia seeds. Anyone every plant dahlia seeds? I thought it was worth a try since I do love dahlias. I’m guessing they’ll take a couple years to bloom? I look forward to finding out.
I even ordered a new grow light for the garage — so I can have two tiers of starts.
Anyway, now is a good time to start planning your 2016 garden. Do a little seed inventory and get your seeds ordered. Other seed suppliers I enjoy include Territorial and Renee’s Garden.
I was itching to get a little gardening done this weekend but we got hit by a cold snap and the ground is frozen. Let’s hope the 25° weather we’ve been getting didn’t kill my unprotected artichokes and rosemary.
A couple weeks ago I got back from an amazing trip to Italy. We spent most of our time in this little garden for the villa we rented in Montisi. It was divine.
It was such a nice sunny weekend that we decided to go on a little walk in the woods behind the house. I found that the walk was a great way to show Jason some of the plants I pre-ordered from the Snohomish County Conservation District plant sale.
During and after our walk we talked about the plants and the benefits of each. I like incorporating native plants into the landscape because they need little care when planted in the right place. Plus, I like feeding the wildlife. I even bought the deer a couple bushes to munch on that I’ll plant along the property line (away from our fenced yard).
The Conservation District no longer accepts pre-orders but their sale is this Saturday at the Monroe Fairgrounds if you want to check it out.
Here’s what I ordered:
- Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
- Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
- Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum)
- Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum)
- Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)
- Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii)
- Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
- Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)
- Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant)
- Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
- Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) – Bareroot
Snohomish County Conservation District Plant Sale at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA Commercial Building (#400)
Doors are open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday February 28, 2015.
We had an abnormally warm and pleasant weekend — in the high 50°s. Which is practically unheard of for this time of year. It was the perfect winter weather for cleaning/weeding the pond.
Here’s the pond last summer — hidden under the grass in the lower right.
As you can see, it’s a small pond that’s been taken over by an invasive grass. We had no idea how bad it was until we drained the pond and started tugging away at weeds – some sections were over a foot deep. Yikes. Here’s the ‘in progress’ picture.
It took most of the day but it’s done — we are a concerned the grass will come back. We plan to toss the grass debris in the garbage instead of composting (I’m not taking any chances). It’s the tiny and hidden roots we’re worried about spreading again. One thought is leaving the pond dry all summer to dry up any remaining roots.
I’d prefer we fill up the pond and enjoy it. Then hand pull any new grass starts that pop-up. I’m not sure what kind of grass it is. Anyone have similar experience? Thoughts?
Thanks for your help!