Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wood patios rot in the Northwest

While wood may be plentiful, I think the English had it right to create long lasting stone patios in rainy climates.
Demo has begun on the 16x20' rotting wood patio. The idea is to replace it with a cement paver patio and retaining wall, doubling the size. On the land side of the wall will be easy access to vegetables and herbs.  A 12" topper will provide multiple functions such as seating, place for potted plants, and the occasional drink or food while relaxing in the sun.
Estimates for pavers and install have been reviewed, with the preferred contractor selected. Target completion is end of March. 
What should the first items be on the new patio?  What plants do you grow on your patios? 

February Peas

Warm Seattle winter, made for some prime pea planting in February.  The Oregon Sugar Pod II's were our choice from the seed collection we have stashed from 2008. 

Two rows, approx a foot and a half each and about 2' apart for the rows.  Only 2" apart for each seed.

  • Approx 60 days until harvest.
  • Bush edible pod
  • Developed at Oregon State U.
  • Stir fry dishes.
  • 30-36" tall
  • pod 4-4.5" long
Germination expected 1-2 weeks. So check back Feb 26th - March 6th to see their status.

Testing out the cold frame to see if that helps the green's sprout faster.

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