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 & levelling 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 labelled 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

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

Happy growing everyone!


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