Old Crow Watching Hungrily

“Old crow watching hungrily

From his perch in yonder tree

In my garden I’m as free

As that feathered thief up there.”– Garden Song

Yesterday was my day off from work, it was sunny AND the babylady was in daycare.   This time of year that combination means garden mania will ensue.  Make no mistake….this queer lady gets shit done.

Some of the spring randomness I worked on:

  • I dug up and moved some bamboo to pots to start screening my view of the shit shack next door.  There are only a few spots from the yard/house you can see it.  I intend to screen them all.  The house is essentially abandoned, an eyesore, infested (no-doubt) with raccoons, possums & rats.  There are holes in the roof and any time a light breeze blows bits of the roof land in my yard.  Luckily, the shack is also situated on the side of my yard that only has a small strip of property and only viewed from the bathroom window.  We use the area as our dog run.  And it will soon be taken over (in part) by a chicken coop.
  • I hung the new starter Mason bee house.  Do you know about Mason bees?  They are new to me and I’m excited to have these lil’ guys around.
  • I reseeded the bare bits of our little patch of lawn and covered the seeds lightly.
  • I dug up the area that will soon be a small patio and started edging & leveling it.
  • I started making a wine/beer bottle edging to separate my garlic and asparagus (and then last night saw this!  Awesome minds think alike I guess!)   I wanted to make a bottle wall like this, but alas, I have not been able to find a place to use one.
  • I labeled all the new fruit trees with permanent tags, trellised the espaliered pear, re-did the supports/trellis for my kiwi.  Labeled some more planted seeds with the fabulous garden markers I made.
  • I ATE MY 1ST ASPARAGUS SPEAR! Yes, I had to scream that….I just cut it off and ate it right there. And, it was one of the best things I’ve ever popped in my mouth. Un-frickin’-believable. Wow.
  • I planted more seeds outdoors and others indoors with the heat pad and lights.  I have some indoor cells empty and begging seeds.  Anyone have suggestions?  I’ll be doing more direct sowing when it is a bit warmer, but for now I want to plant some more indoor seeds.
  • And yep, I talked a bit to the crows.

Seeds In!

Carrot (outdoors 2/20 & 3/1)

  • Kurota Chantenay
  • Oxheart
  • Bolero Hybrid
  • Red Samurai
  • Cosmic Purple
  • Tonda di Parigi

Kale (indoors & outdoors 2/20 and 3/1)

  • Red Russian
  • Lacinto
  • Nero Di Toscana

Scallions (outdoors 2/20)

  • Red Beard
  • “Delicious Duo” (Green Feast & Red Robin)

Radish (outdoors 2/20)

  • Amethyst Hybrid
  • Easter Egg Blend

Broccoli (outdoors 2/20)

  • Early Green
  • Di Cicco
  • Hybrid Blend (Belstar, Everest, Southern Comet & Packman)

Spinach (outdoors 2/20)

  • Tyee
  • America

Peas (outdoors 2/20)

  • Oregon Trail (shelling)
  • Sugar Sprint (snap)

Cabbage (outdoors 2/20)

  • Derby Day

Lettuce (outdoors 2/20)

  • Valmaine
  • Speckles
  • Cascade Harvest Mix
  • Garden Heirloom Blend

Beet (outdoors 3/1)

  • Early Wonder Tall Top
  • Chioggia

Cauliflower (indoors 3/1)

  • All-the-Year-Round
  • Amazing Hybrid

Watermelon (indoors 3/1)

  • Moon & Stars
  • Ice Box Mickylee

Leek (indoors 3/1)

  • Falltime
  • Giant Musselburgh

Herbs (indoors 3/1)

  • Coriander Santo (Cilantro)
  • Basil Aroma 1

Brussel Sprout (indoors 3/1)

  • Rubine

Peppers (indoors 3/1)

  • Jalapeno
  • Hungarian Yellow Wax
  • Italian Pepperoncini

Tomatoes. Or, Where I Admit I Have a Problem.

I love them. They all sound so frickin’ delicious.  I shouldn’t plant so many.  But because last summer I managed to get 15 plants in our yard all producing like mad… I just went for it.   We will have the room with some careful “situating.”  The real challenge will be to figure out some crop rotation AND still find room.  If not, then a lot of local friends will be getting some starts.  Oh hell, I planted 2 of each and 4 each of the paste varieties (that is 32 plants if you are counting)….so any of you Seattle local will be getting some anyway!

Tomatoes (indoors 3/1)

  • Manitoba
  • Ananas Noire
  • Bambino Hybrid
  • Siletz
  • Japanese Trifele Black
  • Green Zebra
  • Frazier’s Gem
  • Sweet Million Hybrid
  • Yellow Pear
  • Principe Borghese
  • San Marzano
  • Mortgage Lifter
  • Stupice
  • Purple Calabash

See? Out of control, but disease free & productive tomatoes!

Happy growing everyone!

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13 Responses to Old Crow Watching Hungrily

  1. Julia says:

    You are out of control, in the very, very best way! I too have a problem with tomatoes. It’s a good thing. Yay, spring!

    • =) And the out of control is just getting started. Fun! This year I’m going to take notes though! Last year I didn’t love all the varieties…but now I can’t remember what.

  2. Travel Mommy says:

    I can’t wait to get up there and get working in the yard with you – of course, I will be observing more than helping!

  3. ohbriggsy says:

    i’m jealous! we had great luck with the zebra tomatoes last year–really delicious. and i have the moon and stars watermelon on my list too–so pretty. can’t wait to get our seeds started! we got a few heat mats–thanks for letting us borrow yours. oh and i’ll have to show you this cool garden related thing i’m making for Double S for her b-day. great post, friend!

  4. TinTin says:

    Thanks for the totally awesome seeds! I can’t wait to poach your extra starts once I mess up mine! Hey ohbriggster, where did you get your heat mats? I’m going heat-mat hunting on Friday.

  5. Wow that’s a lotta tomatoes! I had 30 plants last year but got blight so I’m only doing 9 this year and will buy canning tomatoes from a farmer instead.

    When will you plant out your watermelon? I was waiting to get my brassicas out first but I kind of like the thought of giving it a little home under the lights for awhile. Not sure if it will stay that contained for months though…

    • I’m not sure yet… I imagine whenever they get unwieldy inside and it seems ‘warm enough.’ I’m sort of random about my planting. Every year I plan to be more ‘exact’….but alas, I apparently garden like I cook: by the seat of my pants. =)
      I’ll keep you posted though!

  6. Sarah says:

    I’ll take any tomatoes you are willing to spare. I love tomatoes and have no suitable place for them in our yard. Eating tomatoes straight off the plant is one of the things I miss most about summers here. Please, Meg, take pity on this poor displaced California girl! ;-)

    • Of course! We’ll pick a nice sunny day and you can come over and the kids can play and pick things to eat, you can lighten my tomato load (and whatever else I have growing overzealously)!

  7. Elise Self says:

    I loved John Denver singing “Inch by Inch.” Another use for that song is hiking – yep, I used it to climb out of the Grand Canyon one year when we went backpacking. I sang that song all the way up.

    You know Jim and I will eat all the tomatoes you can grow! Can’t wait. I’m so enjoying your blog!

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