Friday, April 25, 2014

Tomatoes in April!

I dedicated one of my small raised beds to Mesclun to which I added an extra package of Arugula seeds as well as some left over lettuce seeds so my bed should be very dense with greens! We have had so much rain lately that I "tented" my two small beds to not only keep the rain from flooding them but to help warm them. My other small bed is planted with a new red Kale in the center area with golden and red beets around the perimeter. I love to sculpt my garden beds with color and texture. I'll enclose a picture of my new sprouts along with my tomatoes. For the very first time in my life, I have a wonderful sunroom, a veritable hothouse on the front of our home. One of the first things I thought of was, "I can grow tomatoes year around!!" I'm also trying a burpless cuke.

My cucumber

                                                               Heirloom Cherry

                                        Black Cherry, Peacevine, Sun Gold and Heirloom Cherry

                                                     Mesclun bed sprouting

                                                           One of our small Zen gardens
Tented beds

Sugar snap peas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where to Begin

Our Zen Feature
After roaming the highways and bi-ways for many years, taking care of farms and homes that belonged to others, we are settling into our own place. We found a little rental in Brookings - Harbor, Oregon - an old farmhouse built in 1923 - and we are busy creating a little haven for ourselves. Since the yard had been let go for many years we have a clean slate to work with. In addition to the little yard there is a wonderful sun room for growing tomatoes.
Our First Nasty Blooms
Sunroom Tomatoes