Monthly Archives: July 2014

Beauty and the practical beast

Today I put the sauerkraut I started at the beginning of the month into pint jars. The wine kraut fermented in a two-dollar two-gallon food grade bucket with an airlock. The regular sauerkraut fermented in a 10 liter Harsch crock … Continue reading

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The squash are taking over

We have two rows of squash that are trying to crowd their way into other rows. The rows contain a total of 12 plants: Jackpot zucchini, Baby cucumber, Tiny bottle gourd, Table Ace acorn squash, and two each of Marina … Continue reading

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Rodents party in the pepper plot

We planted our pepper starts a month ago but many of them haven’t grown. We had been puzzling over this for a couple weeks. They show almost continuous signs of water stress, yet they get plenty of water. Some of … Continue reading

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All Blue potatoes are feeling bluey

We planted about 7 feet of All Blue potatoes this year, with each plant spaced 18 inches. Since we were dry gardening them the potatoes only received water when it rained. This seems like a bad idea given Oregon’s long … Continue reading

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Chuffa chuffa

We planted some chuffa seed this spring that we purchased from Baker Creek. It took a long time for them to emerge and less than half germinated. Every couple of weeks now a new one will sprout up from the … Continue reading

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Painted Mountain corn

Lee is growing 330 feet of Painted Mountain corn this year. He was about a month late planting it but we are hoping with the hotter than usual temps the corn will catch up.

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Hush little zucchini

I’ve learned my lesson and only plant one zucchini per summer. While Lee and I like zucchini, we don’t love it so much we want to be inundated with it. Lee took the first zucchini of the season and grated … Continue reading

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Dinosaur kale and smoky monsters

Lee and I love kale. We like it so much that we have no plans to grow collard greens again. Kale is flavorful but not bitter, it’s more tender then collard greens, you don’t have to cut out the stems, … Continue reading

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Mammoth gopher defeated

For the last 6 weeks, nearly every morning has started out with an optimistic Lee running out to the garden to check his traps. Soon he would come trudging back in defeat, having found only empty traps, fresh dirt mounds, … Continue reading

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Summer sunflower

This is a volunteer sunflower from two summers ago. I should have saved all the sunflower seedlings that came up in the garden rather than weeding them as the sunflower seeds I planted were a bust.

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