Category Archives: Vegetable Growing

“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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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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What’s Still Growing in the Garden?

It’s November 9th today, and up until now we’ve only had slight frost a couple nights, so many of my plants and flowers are still producing, even if it’s not much.  Before pulling up some of my vegetable plants to get the beds ready for the winter I thought it would be interesting to take some
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Spring Planting 2011

The rain this spring in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has been relentless, and at this point in time, May 31st, there is no end in sight.  It’s made it very difficult to get outside and get outdoor projects completed.  Still, I managed to get my seeds and plants in the ground by the first week in
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