There’s no better way to start the gardening season than listening to Renee Shepherd talk about seeds. She is, after-all, the face/name behind Renee’s Garden Seeds. I was fortunate that she made her way up north to our small-town nursery a couple weeks ago. She gave a very inspirational talk on using herbs for cooking, oils, vinegars and gifts. I was so inspired, I purchased her new cookbook (she has two). I can’t wait to make some of her basil vinegars. Read more
Between Territorial and Peaceful Valley I’ve purchased quite a few seeds over the last two years. You’d think by the size of this list that we must have acres and acres on a farm somewhere – right? Guess again. We live in a small lot in town. We’ve got four 8×4′ raised beds, one 4×4′ raised bed and a 9×5′ greenhouse. Plus, space here and there in the perennial beds. Read more
Asparagus Crowns from Territorial Seed Co.
Millennium Asparagus Crowns (text from Territorial Seed Company‘s site)
Out-yielding some of the most ambitious asparagus, Millennium is quickly becoming a garden and cuisine favorite with an outstanding flavor. These hardy, predominately male plants produce succulent, high-quality spears for years. The plants are rust-resistant and perform well in medium to heavy soils.
Our greenhouse is done!! Of course we still need to finish a couple tiny things, like getting the tools cleared out, preparing the soil, and getting the shelves built. It’s finished enough for now. I absolutely love it.
We built our greenhouse out of unfinished cedar, antique windows and our old front door. It’s really just an expensive tomato cover and place to story my ‘sensitive’ plants over winter.
2010 Potager. Greenhouse was built where you see the green bean trellis.
Our new greenhouse! We simply moved the raised bed to a new spot in the garden.
Side view looking towards the house
Side view looking towards the garage (and our messy patio)
In the last picture, you can also see Stella and Mickey following me around.
Since we had such poor tomato germination last year (I suspect using the heat pad inside the house had something to do with it), I sowed multiples in each pot this year. To my surprise, they all germinated. Then I had a hard time thinning the extras and figured my friends would take a couple.
In all, we have over 70 tomato seedlings. Today they graduated into their own pots with potting soil – a lot of work. That’s a big move from their cramped quarters in the sterile coconut mulch I sowed them in.
A little ridiculous.
Let’s hope the extras find homes soon since now they’re going to GROW!