Gardening, Harvesting and Foraging

If you’ve been following my gardening efforts at all, you have read how I turned my backyard flowerbed into a raised garden this year.  Here is the update I wrote about two months later.  Above is a picture of how it looked about three weeks ago.  It seemed to explode almost overnight!  We have had a wonderful late summer/early fall here in the Pacific Northwest.  Little to no rain for 80+ days!  That means we have had an extended harvest, for which I am very grateful because I got started so late in the spring.  Here, let me share what we … Continue reading

Gutter Gardening on the Deck

I had been dreaming for years about some kind of box or container that could be attached to the inside and outside of my deck rails so I could garden waist-high without having to worry about slugs.  Windowsill-type boxes seemed too heavy, bulky and expensive to fit the bill.  I wanted to grow shallow-rooted, tender vegetables like lettuce and spinach so they would be out of reach of those nasty slugs.  I also wanted to try to grow peas and cucumbers and let them spill over the sides of the gutters.  If needed, I could attach chicken wire to the … Continue reading

Planting My Stack and Grow

My dear mother-in-law gifted me with a Stack and Grow a few years ago, and I love it!  It’s perfect for my deck, and because it is on casters, I can move it to keep it in the sun and turn it around so each side gets the proper amount of sun. The first year I used it, I planted blue lobelia and a few other flowers.  It was very pretty. This year, though, I’m all about vegetables so I can help supplement my husband’s income and grow my own food organically.  I’ve been told I have two green thumbs, … Continue reading

Let’s Get the Garden Going!

“There’s no time like the present.”  We’ve all heard that one before, but it’s true.  If you want to make a change, even if it’s a small one, you need to start now.  “Just do it!”  Thanks, Nike. Last year I had been buying mostly organic vegetables from my local farmer through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and during the off season from my local grocery store because I am on the GAPS diet to clear up some health issues.  Organic is not an option for me anymore and can be very expensive.  Even though I had met my farmer, … Continue reading