2016

So this is how it ends...

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of garden tilled
Photo of raised beds under construction

I started seeds with great enthusiasm back in late February, early March ... and then it was over. Here, you can see that the main garden, save one lonely artichoke plant, is totally gone. The tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, beans, etc. are now canned or in the compost heap and all the tools have been put away.

Chickpeas in the garden!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of chickpeas

Well, hey, I love hummus. Who doesn't? So one day, I had this great idea: I can grow it in my garden!

After doing some research, I discovered that chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are not a popular garden item as they only grow TWO PEAS PER POD, and not a huge profusion on each plant - so you have to have a lot of plants and a lot of time on your hands to harvest them. "But what the heck," I thought ... and planted them anyway.

What a head of cabbage!

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Photo of head of cabbage
Cole slaw!!

With our unusually cool Pacific Northwest summer, it's been a great season for lettuce, kale, cabbage and other cool-weather plants. This is my second cabbage harvest and I just had to show it to you ... and show you what I did with it .... cole slaw. YUM! :)

I just used this very basic recipe ... and added some celery seed ...

http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-creamy-coleslaw-100526

Golden zucchini are coming on strong!

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Photo of golden zucchini

Here are the first to come out of the garden - this photo is a week or two old at this point but I've been so busy .... the first of these will go into my dehydrator to make zucchini chips. The rest will go into zucchini bakes, breads and other goodies from my oven. Still more will go to friends at work. Whatever is left will go into open car windows in the Fred Meyer parking lot, heh heh heh ... :)

There is no shortage of weed in Washington!

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Photo of Crop Circle garden covered in weeds
Photo of Crop Circle garden being weeded
Photo of Crop Circle garden fully weeded

And no shortage of weeds, either. Here you can see three photos that show how I spent my July 4th weekend ... Friday, the Crop Circle garden was covered in weeds up to eight inches tall.

The soil in that garden is so good (it's a no-till garden!) that weeds pull out easily by the roots. When the weeds start, I find it's easier to let them grow a bit before removing them. Due to my hectic life lately, though, the weeds grew taller than I would have liked.

Summer of giant rhubarb!

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Photo of giant rhubarb

Holy cow, some of the leaves are approaching three feet wide! The stalks are two feet in length and a delicious shade of red. These rhubarb plants used to be in whiskey barrels but this fall, I built a special tall bed and filled it up with organics from my compost pile. NOW I have some serious rhubarb! I see lots of pies in my future... :)

Horseradish is gorgeous

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is the third year for this horseradish. It is coming back strong and is very pretty. I grow horseradish in pots as it is very invasive in the garden. Simply order a root, stick it in a pot, fertilize and mulch and you are on your way. And it tastes as good as it looks!

The plantation!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of plant table

For those of you who have ordered plants, I have several tables like this set up, plus many more in the greenhouse. If you haven't started your seeds yet, NOW is the time! Start your tomatoes and peppers, along with kale, salad greens, etc. Or, for local customers, you can always get your plants from me.

Once your seeds have sprouted, place them in a warm window and/or beneath grow lights. You can get grow lights from virtually any home improvement store - in long tube fluorescent, or in regular bulbs that will fit any light socket. Your plants will love you for it!

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