Sunday, April 25, 2010

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Follow @Beansprts on Twitter for additional garden tips and ideas.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Raised Garden Bed Instructions

Popular mechanics presents simple instructions for making a raised garden bed. If you're looking to prolong your growing season, the article includes how to make a cover for the bed with pvc piping: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/lawn-garden/4308264

More raised garden bed instructions can be found here: http://freewoodworkingplan.com/index.php?cat=188.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cold Frames

Cold frames are a fantastic way to lengthen the growing season, allow starts to be planted early, and prolong the growing season in the fall and winter. A few ideas for constructing your own Cold Frame:

Worm Bins

Worm bins are a great way to recycle your kitchen waste into garden nutrients. If you're in a city like Seattle you may already be using the yard waste bin to do dispose of all those goodies. Try mixing a small portion of that green waste with a little shredded paper and some fabulous earth worms in a small box. It will quickly turn into rich soil for your patio plants. For more tips check out @wormexpert or the wormexpert's website.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Horticultural Therapy...not just for hospitals.

Do you ever notice how much more alive you feel after getting your hands dirty? The satisfaction of eating something you grew or the pleasure in watching seeds sprout? Our garden time is theraputic.

Enjoy this article in which my aunt, Ms. Hazen, tells the story of her work in Oregon Hospitals in developing horticultural therapy programs, bringing the down and dirty into the clean and steril.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304620304575165831058222608.html?mod=wsj_share_facebook

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bush Peas update. They are about 2 inches tall.

Spring starts with lettuce and herbs

It's time for core vegetables to be planted.  This weekend, the new herb and veggie beds off the patio were filled in.  An easy walk out the kitchen doors and you can reach over to cut or break off a few delicious morsels to cook with.

Our kitchen garden received:
- Italian flat leaf and curly parsley
- 3 heads of mixed leaf lettuce
- Arp Rosemary
- Lavender
- Echinacea
- English and Silver Edged Thyme
- 2 chive plants
- a variegated Sage

And to pretty it up we included some tulips, hyacinths, agapanthus storm cloud, verbascum, pansies, caliamagrostis overdam.

The large vegetable patch was weeded and implanted with 3 additional lettuce starts.  The onions and broccoli starts are keeping toasty under the cold frame until the rain lets up a bit more and my backside doesn't end up drenched again in the garden.  Potatoes are in their paper bag calling my name, urging me to dig their trenches.  While the cilantro from last year has nicely seeded itself and is rising from the beds.

Hope your greens have made it in the ground as well.

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