Author Archives: Sarah

Surviving the Drought

I live in one of the rainiest places on the Washington coast.  In fact, it normally rains 201 days out of the year in my home town.  This means that I typically have a very short growing season: May/June — … Continue reading

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Organizing Chaos

My garden shed has to serve many purposes.  It is a gardening shed, of course, but it is also an exercise room, a machinery shop, freezer space, and storage.  All these purposes make organization and order very necessary.  Unfortunately, it … Continue reading

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July 2015 To-Do List

Flower Gardens Annuals Plant wildflowers, cosmos, celosia, and zinnia. Native Plants Thin out the Oregon grape. Perennials Spread compost on the fuchsias. Prune the deadwood off the fuchsias. Roses Weed the rose beds. Tie up any new canes on the … Continue reading

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June Wrap Up

Berries I successfully kept the deer out of my blueberries by draping bird netting over the bushes. I harvested my blueberries and strawberries. Flower Gardens Bulbs I staked the calla lilies in the backyard.  Unfortunately, I did not get to … Continue reading

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I’m Back!

That is pretty much all there is to this post.  Summer is here, and with it time to work on my blog.  One of my key focuses this summer will be to try to make it more sustainable during the … Continue reading

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October To-Do List

Berries Plant more strawberries. Spread compost around blueberries. Mulch blueberries with fallen leaves. Flower Garden Annuals: Nothing this month. Bulbs: Spread compost on the Spring bulbs. Native Plants: Mulch Indian plum with leaves. Uproot/dig up as many poplars as I … Continue reading

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September Wrap-Up

Not much got done this month.  I harvested some of my potatoes and turnips, but that was about it.  Fortunately, more is already getting accomplished in October.

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Turnip Harvest

When I harvested my potatoes the other day, I also harvested some turnips. These took a bit more work to store away than the potatoes did, though. First, I had to dump them in a sink for a quick rinse. … Continue reading

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First Harvest of the Year

It may not look like much, but I gathered in the first harvest of the year. This is just the start, though.  Since the potatoes that volunteered in the compost pile (denying me use of half of said pile) sprouted … Continue reading

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September To Do List

There is always a lot to do in the garden, and every month I faithfully post my list.  Some of it will get done and some will not, but it helps to keep me on-track.  For those of you who … Continue reading

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