It's been a busy week! We've had a lot of sunshine so I haven't been on-line much. The garden calls! Things are finally starting to take off with the warm weather. Most of the tender summer annuals are hardened off, I just need for our night time temps to warm up enough before I get them in the ground. They've been in the mid 40°'s but after monday they should bump up to the mid 50°'s so I'm holding off till then just bringing them in and out of the house everyday for the warm daytime sunshine.
I'm *still* having fungal issues! Bah. This is getting to the point of being a real pebble in my shoe. I went to check on my peas which so far have looked beautiful and are nearly 3' only to find one with curling yellow leaf tips. I removed the infected areas and hope it doesn't spread. I'm also concocting another organic anti-fungal spray to hit them with so it doesn't spread. I'll let you know how it goes.
2 cups camomile tea (cool to room temp)
1/8 tea baking soda
1/8 veg oil
LANDSCAPING AND RAISED BEDS
I also finished building the wall on the sixth raised garden bed. Whew~ Considering our entire back yard was a giant weed patch last year at this time I feel REALLY good about our progress! I need to put down 5" or so of compost to top it off which will inoculate the soil with good microbes and nutrients. Then I'm gonna take advantage and plant pumpkins there for one season! This fall I'll be planting a semi-dwarf apple tree in that spot and some shade plants up against the fence.
Sorry for the weird color I think my kiddlet was playing with the settings. Anyway you can see the finished bed in the back ground and were I've started digging out for the seventh (and FINAL) bed in the foreground. Yay! A light at the end of the tunnel. In between we'll dig out all that dirt and lay gravel for a patio.
Now if I could just stop running into these ground spiders. They *really* creep me out. ::shivers::
Also I was looking at the difference between the potatoes in my bed that I started from seed (left side) and cut up full grown potatoes with 'eyes'. What a big difference! Bet I don't get much of a crop from the seed taters. Looks like lesson learned. ;^)
OREGON GARDENS in Silverton
Last Friday my Mom and daughter and I went down to the Oregon Gardens in Silverton. It was a beautiful and perfect day for it. Warm, sunny and the barest of breezes. It's a HUGE public garden, covering acres and incorporating multiple types of gardens along with a Frank Lloyd Wright house (which under thread of being bulldozed (!) was moved to the garden to save and preserve it), a hotel and wedding/conference facilities, cafe, etc. It's a wonderful way to spend the day.... very relaxing. Since we were there midweek it was also not crowded. We packed a picnic lunch and had a wonderful time.
I thought of ya'll when I was there too and took a bunch of pictures of their Market Garden. I will have to say that your gardens are much better looked after! I guess that makes sense with the motivation of personal consumption at stake. ;^)
The entryway to the gardens was lovely!
Looks like they got a late start on planting peas!
This was their sq. ft. gardening bed....
Most of the beds lay pretty fallow for now or just have tiny little starts. Maybe they'll just add in the easy to grow summer crops?
A few pictures of flowers currently blooming in my garden...