Category Archives: Organic Gardening

Spring Garden 2016

Spring Garden 2016 It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything in my garden journal, and that’s because I’ve been very preoccupied  with a lot of other activities and changes that have occurred in my life these last  9 months.  My son moved out, my old childhood friend, Brenda, moved in, I’ve remodeled the
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“To Do” Lists and a Time to Rest

“To Do” Lists and a Time to Rest As I contemplate the upcoming challenges in my life for 2015, I search inside of myself for the energy, motivation, optimism and solutions I will need to achieve my numerous goals and tackle my “to do” lists for the year to come.  This is nothing new.  It
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Propagation Materials for 2014

Propagation Materials Spring 2014 It’s hard to believe that it is time again to start propagating and planting.  This is my 14th year of gardening in my little place in Springfield.  How did the years fly by so fast?  Thank goodness this place gets easier to maintain every year, because I can really feel my
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Italian Herbs & Seasonings

Italian Herbs & Seasonings Another project of mine this year was to make sure that I was growing enough of the herbs I needed to make my own Italian Seasoning mix, and hopefully have enough dried herbs left over for gifts.  There are a few family dishes that I make that utilize a basic tomato
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Potato Experiment Post #2

Potato Experiment Post #2 The results are in!  How did the potatoes I planted in the straw turn out compared with the potatoes that were planted on the dirt with straw over them? Well, had I set the straw potatoes earlier on in the spring, I probably would have gotten a better crop.  I must
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Growing Potatoes in Straw

Straw Method for Growing Potatoes I’m trying something new this year with my potatoes.  I read in Backwoods Home Magazine, the Mar/Apr 2010 Issue #122, about growing potatoes in straw or hay instead of planting them in the ground, and I wanted to try it this year.   The straw method apparently produces more potatoes which
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Summer Garden 2012 Part Three

Summer Garden 2012 Part Three This is the third part in my series of posts describing the progression of my garden areas from the first spring planting to harvest time during the 2012 growing season.   As of August 1st, you can see by the photos that after two – three months my garden is exploding
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First Video Tour of My Garden Summer 2012

This is my first attempt at posting a video tour of my garden on You Tube.  One of the reasons it’s taken so long to get anything up is because I kept thinking I needed to do it with my video camera and then make sure and edit it to perfection.  I finally realized that
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Spring Planting 2012 Part Two

Spring Planting 2012 Part Two These photos show the vegetable beds a few weeks later during the 1st week of July.  After some very rainy but warm weather some very quick growth has set in.  I love the period of June in early summer when it warms up but keeps raining here in the Willamette
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Spring Planting 2012 Part One

Spring Planting 2012 Part One This year I’ve been expanding my vegetables beds since the Black Locusts came down allowing the sunlight to grace my entire backyard.  I wanted to get some photos up to show what I’ve been up to.  In the first photo you can see how much digging we had to do
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