Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Popping up

Warm weather is finally having an affect on the edibles.
Spinach is an inch tall.  Broccoli too. Oregano is a fabulous mound next to the lettuce starts.  We added more green seeds in between the lettuce starts to get a staggered season.





Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mound of coffee bags

I am in heaven this week with the mound of coffee bags that found there way to my back yard.  Free, recycling, and great at keeping weeds down.
Sorry folks, my lips are sealed on my source. 

Crockpot Yogurt!

Ok, this may not be totally garden related, but imagine all the fresh berry possibilities in homemade yogurt.  With the AeroGarden our mint has been growing so fast we are looking for new uses. Mint yogurt with raspberries perhaps.  Will have to test out and report back!
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Seattle Art Museum - Nurse Log

Today we ventured to the SAM Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle.  As part of the perminent exhibits, there is a greenhouse built over a nurse log specifically selected to demonstrate growth of plant life on the decaying tree trunk.

I was struck by the reason the volunteer host returns each year to this exhibit, watching life grow quickly.  The nurse log reminds me being a new parent.

Rain water collects from the roof and is stored in large cisterns indoors. It provides some 80%+ of all water needed.  The green tinge in the photo is from the overhead tinted windows, designed to provide dappled lighting like a forest. 

If you are ever out on a hot or rainy day in Seattle, I recommend a stop in to cool off or stay dry.  Count the number of different kinds of plants growing on the nurse log.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Seed Packet Template

If your'e anything like me and my gardening family, seeds end up collecting in zip lock baggies, brown lunch sacks, and falling out of those into the bin intended to organize them.

This nifty template from Andrea Bellamy over at Heavy Petal is a simple and artistic way to organize and tidy up that bin of seeds. As she mentions, they can make great gifts to friends and family.

We gave away seed packets at our wedding, as part of the center pieces. This would have been a wonderful touch, printing our own packets.

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