You want to get growing now, don’t you? I know I do. So this Saturday I’ll kick things off with the first in my seven-class series at City People’s Garden Store in Seattle. I’ll discuss “Starting Your Earliest Edibles” and go into some detail on how to get the garden beds ready, what vegetables can be started now, and how to get them growing vigorously.
Through the spring, and again in summer and into fall, this class series will take us through the seasons in our vegetable gardens, from building soil to putting your produce on the holiday dinner table.
Here’s the lineup for “The Edible Year”:
Each class is one hour, and we often end it by walking through the nursery, choosing plants and supplies. If you’ve never been to City People’s Garden Store before, it’s a gem. Situated in the Madison Valley neighborhood of central Seattle, it is comprised of a colorful, enticing store, an attached greenhouse, and an outdoor yard chock full of interesting plant choices. It fits well into its neighborhood, which has diversions such as Cafe Flora and the Washington Park Arboretum.
The workshops are free, but please e-mail or call the store at (206) 324-0737 to pre-register.
We had an unexpected snow here on Sunday, which was pretty significant. Late in the season for us, and it was more than just a dusting. So here’s what happened with my winter veggies.
I know I talk a lot about plants preparing themselves for winter, but these two photos of kale during the snow and after it had warmed up will show you the resiliency these amazing plants.
Same plants, I promise you!
Here’s the overall brassica bed in snow. Notice how the Brussels sprouts and dino kale in the background have also closed up to protect themselves.
And here it is after the snow has gone, and we returned to our normal, rainy, near-50 degree F. weather today.
They look positively chipper, don’t they?
Not to be outdone by brassicas, the Little Gem lettuce that I’ve been nursing all winter also fared quite well in the storm. Here are my two cold frames — the triangle tunnel and the box cold frame — after the snow has gone.
In these photos you can see the extra steps I took to keep these alive. In the triangle tunnel, I added floating row cover right on the plants, and then an extra, commercial tunnel cloche under the tunnel. Thank goodness it fit great. In the box cold frame, I added a layer of floating row cover, just laid on the plants. This was easy and took just a minute.
Two final photos. Today I took a close look at the dino kale (Lacinato), and saw a lot of bright green shoots coming from its tops. Is there a better indicator of spring?
Got some old stuff sitting around? How about repurposing! The toolbox could be a planter, and the old door might make a great chair back. Much more at the ReStore booth.
Rustic garden archway with Ginny Ruffner’s organic glass sculptures.
Look out for zombies!
Darwin’s muse, on a grand scale.
Vertical gardens, framed.
On “rusty lane,” handmade metal signs.
In the small space atrium, a jungle aquarium…
and a nod to the Impressionist painters.
A metalwork flower and hummingbird.
Had a quick look at the display gardens at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which opens today, and here is an instant star, and an award-winner.
I love the tower of mushrooms being cultured in logs, and the bench filled with preserved veggies. In the foreground, asparagus spears poke through compost, surrounded by salad greens.
Called Nature’s Studio, this garden was created by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals – King County Chapter and the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association, designed by Gardens ALIVE Design and installed by Avid Landscape Design & Development.
Congratulations on a great creation.