Time lapse from inside our main garden. Watch the entire growing season from start to finish. This time lapse was made from three photos a day, starting May 18, 2014 through September 17, 2014.

Love this time of year - my sausage and jerky smoking really heats up (no pun intended) in anticipation of the big Fall cool-down ... here, I've just crimped off several casings of venison summer sausage. I tend to smoke this in my Big Chief rather that my nice big smokehouse - the Big Chief keeps it at a lower temperature and it just seems to come out better. And that's okay, my big fancy smoker will be filled with beef jerky tomorrow ... it will be a smokin' day at the Coleman Greenhouse!

Spent the morning tearing out an 8-year-old asparagus garden. I am going to convert this space to a series of raised bed gardens. As I have been planting kale, rhubarb and other plants in with the asparagus, the rabbits have been decimating some plants (kale) while ignoring others. By converting this to raised bed gardens, I can selectively cover some with wire or netting to keep the birds and rabbits out, while leaving others open.

I’m always asked each year what I’m planting … so I’ve put this little list together and will update it as I purchase more seed this winter. My main crop this year will be corn and tomatoes (I have not yet decided on which varieties). Last year, the main crop was tomatoes and pepper plants. But there will be a good variety, so check back from time to time if you need ideas about what to plant and where to get the goods from … I will continue to update this list as I ramp up to sowing time…

This is one of the giant clematis flowers growing on the fence that surrounds our main garden. It is backlit by the sun.

Due to the La Nina weather pattern this year, we only got several small corn harvests. This was the first, and was about a third of the size we’d normally get. In 2011, we got NO corn due to the extended back-to-back La Nina…

This year, a very strong El Nino weather pattern set up halfway through the growing season. Though we never had triple-digit temperatures, we (Seattle area) set new records for the number of days over 90 degrees, and the longest span of time without measurable rainfall. There were drought conditions (ranging to severe) up and down the entire west coast.

This year, we had a strong La Nina weather pattern set up. In the Pacific Northwest, a La Nina summer starts later, but often ends later. This year, cooler Spring temperatures extended well into summer, but we didn’t have the luxury of an extended growing season. Nor did we break any summertime high temperature records. Because of La Nina, I planted most crops weeks later than normal and the harvests were significantly reduced.

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