Spring progress…

The last two images are of the raised beds below the pond. These guys get weekly runoff from the pond when I clean the filter. They have carrots on the left and fingerling potatoes in the middle, and a smaller red heirloom potato on the right. A row of sunflowers will grow next to the side walk and easily reach the height the window in a couple months.

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That’s it for now. Still need to prep the tomato bed but there is a little time before that needs to get done…

So Spring

These next two are just some lovely growers in the garden. The first is the Peruvian Lilly (Alstroemeria) that is next to the patio. You have to see this in it’s glory! Our second cherry tree is on the back left, not in bloom yet.

Alstroemeria

The second image is the jasmine at the back of the yard. I tried to focus on just a couple unopened flowers in the center. Man, this is one great smelling flower.

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Spring Continued

In the first image, an imperial star artichoke is on the left and the cherry tree we planted last year on the right. The raised bed with the little mounds in the back has cucumbers planted, behind that is some volunteer arugula going to flower. Just coming up in the foreground, I planted more winter wheat for harvesting later for more compost making. And, there is a small rosemary in the bottom left corner.

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The second picture is just kinda funny. We were having so much trouble with the pill bugs eating the strawberries, that we decided to grow them in pots, needless to say we keep needing more pots for ever expanding strawberry garden. We suspect that in time the entire patio will be covered with strawberries.

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Spring 2015

Trying to capture the work that has gone into this years’ garden. Seems like a lot more than these picture can show but thought you might like to see some of the garden’s growth…

First set includes Romain lettuce and some volunteer dill and a small volunteer poppy hiding in the lettuce. In the back, out of focus, is the winter wheat planted late last year.

The next image is of red potatoes just popping up, and again, the wheat that has started going to seed. Need to pull that up…

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Mmm Broccoli…

Getting some good rain this weekend… Picked my first ever head of broccoli. Steamed with baked potatoes. Tasty, but not as flavorful as I thought it would be. Very mild but still quite good.

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Seasonally Speaking

It is a little sad to think winter is next… but for now, the days and nights are equal and the weather is nice… hmm, equal days and nights is kinda like being in Hawaii… which is also a paradise….

We took our little flotilla down river on Sunday. With the tide going out and the wind on our backs it was an easy paddle about 3.5 hours to the next landing. Felt like we could of kept going to San Francisco… 10 miles down river, another couple across the bay….

Cheers!
onward

Cool Weather

Been getting some cool weather and some cool rainbows.

Tomatoes are coming in steady and sharable. Have a few peppers but none have turned red, still waiting… Starting getting cucumbers but they are running a bit bitter so need to fertilize them more. Also, have several very cute little watermelons growing. We’ll see…. Lastly, plan to dig up the rest of the potatoes today for some fish and chips tonight 🙂

Cheers

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If it’s packaged it’s probably not food

Weather here has been, um well, perfect of course. We are going to take off and put our kayaks in the Russian River tomorrow, probably near the coast. I like to bring an umbrella and use it as a sail. Seems to entertain the other boaters.

We have been getting a couple tomatoes about once or twice a week. Still early. But potatoes, carrots and basil have been wonderful.

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Too Busy

The lettuce that was growing in the box in the greenhouse has all been eaten. In its place I planted one tomato plant, a Cherokee Purple, to see if we can get tomatoes earlier. (Last year, our first tomatoes came in the last week of June.) These other tomato plants have been sitting in the greenhouse sucking up every drop of fertilizer and water I give them. We’ve just been too busy to finish prepping the tomato bed…. Such is the life of an urban farmer.

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