Well it’s that time again! Though this time seems to be earlier than most years – hello warmest February ever. Sheesh. This sunny weather has been putting me into yard/garden overdrive these days. Every weekend has had at least one full day of yard work. I even got sun burned the other day – WTF Seattle? I thought I would have a few more weeks of hibernation, guess not. So in preparation of growing season 2015, here’s what I’ve been up to lately.
Here’s what’s been done:
- Pruned fig tree and grape vines
- Pruned and re-strung raspberries
- Pruned camellia, hydrangeas, pine tree and rhodies (thanks Aunt Susan!
- Cleaned up peony bed and added two more bushes (yay!)
- Added strawberries to the herb bed
- Planted 3 apple trees along fence line
- Planted 1 three-in-one pear tree on east side of house (how genius is that! self-pollinating.)
- Planted round 1 of seeds near herb bed
- Made a bad ass hippie stick art thing
- Added landscape rocks to end of herb bed to make it look more finished
- Picked up 10 bags of moo doo for veggies – highly recommend Sayers Fuel on Rainier
Here’s what’s left to do:
- Buy blueberries for the blueberry patch – getting these bad boys at the Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale on March 14!
- Straw bale garden alongside the shed – too lazy to make a real garden bed this year, so this will do
- Figure out where to plant my 3 new dahlias
- Prune plum tree
- Finish veggie garden layout
- Plant more seeds!
- Make more fun hippie stick art!
Phew! That’s it for now. What have you been up to in your yard these days?
I recently volunteered with the Beacon Food Forest as part of the planning committee of their Opening Celebration. As an event planner, I like to continue to hone my skills and learn new things. It’s easy to get into the same route again and again when working for a single organization – gotta mix things up now and again!
I thought this organization might be a good fit because 1) it’s right in our neighborhood 2) it centers around food and community and 3) it’s a grassroots movement, which I dig.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into – no real meeting notes or agendas, tons of ideas but unclear follow through, making things more difficult that they really need to be – basically a planner’s nightmare. BUT the folks who were are part of this were so welcoming, friendly and funny that I pushed aside my uber organization skills and went with the flow.
We ended up with a really warm, funky event and I was really pleased to see it do so well. Music jammed throughout the afternoon, kids painted rocks for the garden, educational tours showcased the forest…..all under a sunny Seattle sky!
Of course, there were a few things that I would have done differently, but hey, such is life! If you are ever in North Beacon Hill, be sure to stop by the BFF and take a self guided tour. Cool things are happening there!
I know my fiance will just shake his head at this post – planning for something that’s 6 months down the road?! I’ve officially entered the nut house as far as he is concerned 🙂
Above, is my rendition of my 2015 veggie garden plan (the red star burst things are flowers). I’ve taken what I’ve learned this year and made adjustments accordingly with a lil crop rotation. I’ve read that you should move plants around every year as to not strip the soil of it’s nutrients since different plants need different things. I’m so scientific, I know…
I also plan on adding a small, raised bed by our shed which will give me more growing room. Not sure what’s going to go there quite yet – such important decisions to make I know! It’s North/South facing, but is on the side of the building so it won’t get the morning sun, but will stay nice and toasty in the afternoon. Open to suggestions if you have ’em! I’m also trying to figure out other potential garden add on space. This girl can’t get enough!
Other goals I have for the upcoming gardening season:
- figure out our stupid gutters – add 2 rain barrels to our house
- add dwarf apple and pear trees along the fence line
- add blueberries – not sure where these will go…
- build a raised bed next to shed
- add WAY more flowers for pollinators plus create a mason bee house
- work on patio garden – add stuff ie. perennials that are purdy