Wednesday, March 25, 2015

More Peas Please!

The garden would not be the same without fresh peas. When it comes to planting peas, the earlier the better. You can direct sow or plant indoors and transplant outside as I did today. We are not getting freezing temperatures right now so I’m sure they will be fine. Once these guys are established outside they should not be affected by a light frost. In fact, they thrive in these cooler temperatures.


I planted 24 small pots of Heirloom Sugar Snap Peas on March 7th and I will direct sow Early Frost, Oregon Giant and Dwarf Gray Sugar in the next two weeks. This will ensure a staggered crop before hot summer temperatures arrive and put an end to their production.

 
 

In no time we will be picking peas to our hearts content. They are best when eaten right off the vine.  

Peas ~ 2014

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It’s an early Spring in the garden

We are having a beautiful, early spring here in the Boise area. Last year the asparagus didn’t come up until the middle of April, so we’re about a month ahead of schedule based on last year's records. Strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and asparagus are the usual suspects that we expect to see in early spring.

We were surprised to see about 10 to 12 artichoke plants come back from last year. This was due to the mild winter we’ve had. Here in zone 6 they are considered an annual. The plants are very healthy and growing faster than anything else in the garden right now. We can’t wait to see how these crops produce compared to last year. I’ve also started about a dozen Globe artichokes from seed, so we should have plenty of artichokes to eat and share. We’ll also let a number of them bloom out for the bees.

This time of year we have an endless list of garden chores so there should be lots to blog about - when time permits.

Returning Artichoke
 
Young Asparagus
 

 Rhubarb
 
 Strawberries
 
Raspberries

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year - in the new green house!

I don't make new year's resolutions, but I do have plans to blog on a more regular basis. This blog helps me remember what happened in the days, months and years gone by. This past year has been a very hectic one. Several months are a blur and I don't have regular blog posts to look back on to recall what was happening in 2014. Fortunately, I have taken many pictures that tell most of the story and remind me how fortunate and grateful we are. 

Last year we built a greenhouse that is attached to the house. My intentions were to blog about the greenhouse as it evolved, but you will simply have watch for future posts. 


We broke ground in mid-May and although John did much of the work we had several others participating in the construction and completion. Since we also added a master bedroom next to the greenhouse, progress was slower than expected. Nonetheless, the greenhouse was ready for the drop in temperature in late October. 


I will fill you in on many of the construction details with pictures of the progress in another post. John is proud of his surplus windows that were sandblasted and then primed and painted red by my sister Jenny. Stay tuned for more about how this all came to be such a work of art, thanks to John.

We celebrated a Christmas Eve dinner in the greenhouse this year. John seems to think this is a 'special event center', but soon it will be filled with seed starts and the party room will be no more. 


Below you can see a few things that are currently growing in the greenhouse. 

Rosemary - propagated from plants in the garden

Sage - propagated from plants in the garden

Agugula

Herbs

Napa Cabbage