Saturday, November 18

Tips for how to grow Garlic in the Pacific NW


 Plant cloves October through November and harvest in June. Garlic grows best in well drained soil so amend your beds with compost if needed.

Three different varieties of garlic

Make sure to separate the whole garlic bulb into separate cloves. Skip planting any cloves that look dried out. Plant 5-6 inches apart and 1 inch deep. Plant cloves with their pointed tips up.

Remove any cloves that are dried up

Water the beds after planting and apply a mulch of compost, straw or grass clippings. This will protect the gloves in the cold months.

Make holes easily with the back of a hoe or stick

Stop watering the beginning of June. When the plant has 3-4 brown leaves it is ready to harvest. Dig the bulb out carefully. It will have to be cured for 3-4 weeks. Lay the garlic down in a area with good air circulation and out of direct sunlight. Make sure the garlic does not get wet.

One clove per hole

Once cured, cut off the stalk leaving 1-2 inches. Also trim the roots to less than 1/8 inch. Brush off dirt and do not peel the outer skin. Garlic stores best in a cool, dry place around 50-60 degrees. Such as a root cellar or cool basement with low humidity.

Friday, November 17

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Learn How To Garden with the Ten Minute Gardener


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is the Ten Minute Gardener.


Monday, November 13

10 Great Christmas Gifts for a Gardener




  1. A Gift Certificate from a Seed Company like Johnny's Seeds Website for Johnny's Seeds  or Territorial Seed Company Territorial Seeds Website
  2. Order a  Rose like a "David Austin Rose" or purchase a gift certificate for one David Austin Roses
  3. Gardening Books Shop Amazon for Gardening Books and Gardening Magazines Subscriptions are always appreciated.
  4. Gardening gloves are basic, but always useful. Try giving 3 pairs tied with a pretty bow
  5. Pots, Containers and Window Boxes are always nice. Here is a container system that we recommend
  6. Gift certificate to get gardening tools sharpened is a unique gift. Search the internet to see if someone in your area provides this service.
  7. Make a Gardening gift basket with hand tools, gardening gloves, plant labels, gardening soap for hands, hand lotion, seed packets, etc. Watch Martha Steward make a gardening gift basket
  8. Plant labels are a must and always needed for any gardener.
  9. Hoe, Spade or any other gardening tools make great gifts.
  10. A pretty Trellis for a climbing Rose,  Jasmine, Clematis or another climber makes a wonderful gift.

Saturday, November 11

End of Garden Season in Maine 2017


After an unusually warm autumn, temperature are now in the 20s at night here, so garden season 2017 has come to an end in Maine.
This year I had good luck with zinnias, coleus, petunias, pansies, geranium, and nasturtiums. I had three cherry tomato plants on my deck. In the raised bed, I grew kale, mustard greens, herbs, rhubarb and Egyptian walking onions. I didn’t plant squash, beans or peas as in past years due to lack of space and the increasing shade on my property. And slugs. Hungry, greedy, relentless slugs. If they eat it, I'm not growing it anymore.

I wondered what wild plants would seed in if I didn’t pull them all.  So, I let my flower garden do what it may, which led to some nice surprises.

My mature perennials are tightly planted so there weren’t too many volunteers from the wild.  But, in the border, a tall mullein plant emerged amongst the day lilies.


In the center of my flower garden, a wild boneset plant grew.


From a packet of seeds, I grew more coleus than I care to count. I have brought some indoors to winter over for next year.



Next year, I’m going to continue to narrow my focus on those plants that thrive here. Flowers do well, herbs, and perennial plants both cultivated and wild.
 
 
 Elderberry, wild blueberry, wild blackberry and cultivated strawberries are happy here and I’m happy to have them.
At the end of October, the remnant of tropical storm Phillippe ended the season with a bang, resulting in the loss of two trees on my land- a maple and a white pine.

And so with that, garden season 2017 has ended. It's time for winter and thinking ahead to next year.

Friday, November 10

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Gary Pilarchik


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Gary Pilarchik who is dedicated to tomato and vegetable gardening. Gary Gardens in Maryland, and his videos are brief and informative.


Wednesday, November 8

Early November Walk-Portland, OR

RC and I on our morning walk

Many roses are still blooming and sending out new buds

I don't know what the name is for this tree. I have only seen it grown here, but it can't be naitive

Zinnia still in bloom


A typical street in my neighborhood

A Dahlia flower turned over by the heavy rain

Another rose in full bloom in my garden

Sunday, November 5

What to do with your Succulents in the winter in the Pacific NW


Do you have any Succulents in your Pacific NW Garden? Here is a photo of some potted succulents in my garden. The number one tip for winter protection seems obvious, but it is protect them if possible from the rain. If your succulents are potted like mine that is an easy to do. I just moved mine under the cover of my patio. If they are planted in your garden there is not much you can do unless you want to cover them with a "row cover". If you are in milder regions like I am in the Willamette  they should survive the winter. If they don't, you can replace them with more suitable for our climate varieties. Here are three you can try.

3 Succulents that are good to grow it Pacific NW Gardens

Haworthias
Utah Agave
Sedum "Angelina"

Saturday, November 4

5 crops to grow in your organic garden for your Rabbit

These are Cha Cha's favorites 

1. Spinach
2. Baby Carrots
3. Parsley, but don't feed
too much to your rabbit
4. Sage
5. Rosemary leaves & stems
6. Coriander 
are low in nutrients
7. Oregano
8. Basil

*Do not feed any fresh food to your rabbit that is grown in the
 wild or you cannot be certain that it has been grown organically.
**Double check this list with your vet first and rabbits are individuals as
far as their food preferences.


Friday, November 3

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: GrowVeg!


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is GrowVeg.  Lots of organic gardening tips and tricks here!

Tuesday, October 31

5 Tips for Early Winter Rose Care in milder zones of the Pacific NW


Roses this time of the year in milder regions of the Pacific NW may still be in bloom, although these blooms are far and few between. This week I noticed the first frost on the ground where I live in Portland, OR. This pink rose is one of my "David Austin" roses that I planted this year.  Since roses can be costly, you may want to take extra care to protect them so they can survive the winter.

Here are 5 tips for Early Winter Rose Care in the milder zones of the Pacific NW

1. Leave any remaining roses on the plant until they fully die.
2. Remove all diseased leafs or twigs and make sure to throw them away.
3. Prune in the spring unless you have hybrid tea roses or floribundas. If you have these roses prune to waist height to protect roses from wind damage. Prune most Pacific NW roses Feb-March.
4. Check pH levels. They should be 6.5-7.0. If low add a cup of lime. You can also do this in Spring.
5. Plan what roses you want to buy for next season while there is less to do in the garden.








Friday, October 27

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Organics Best Urban Gardener


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Organics Best Urban Gardener with gardening topics about fruit, citrus, houseplants and more....


Friday, October 20

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Castle Hill Garden


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is the Castle Hill Garden from Nottinghamshire, UK.  His weekly videos cover all aspects of growing fruit and vegetables.

Friday, October 13

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Bill's Allotment


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Bill's Allotment. Bill gardens in Belfast Northern Ireland.

Friday, October 6

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Kaye Kittrell Late Bloomer Urban Organic Garden Show


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Kaye Kittrell Late Bloomer Urban Organic Garden Show.

Friday, September 29

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: The Vegetable Gardening show Mike Podlesny


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Mike Podlesny, of The Vegetable Gardening Show. Mike interviews experts in the Vegetable Gardening Show to share advice for your vegetable garden.


Friday, September 22

More Fall Projects in the Garden-Portland, OR

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: California Gardening


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is California Gardening. Find great organic gardening videos on this channel.


Friday, September 15

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Growing Your Greens


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is John at Growing Your Greens. His amazing channel has 407,270 plus subscribers and for good reason. If you haven't yet heard of Growing Your Greens, this is a must see channel.

Wednesday, September 13

Noe to Caroline-Fall Clean Up started in Portland, OR


Hi Caroline,

Here is the first video that I made for the blog using the new Adobe Spark program everyone on the internet is talking about, For now it is free, so you may want to check it out too. I know we have talked about adding videos and having a Sprouts YouTube Channel.

It is still very warm here, but it could turn to fall at any moment. My priorities include collecting seeds, harvesting, and tidying what is left up before it starts raining everyday. I should have plenty seeds to share. This is the first year that I am actually saving seeds to use next year and it is a lot of fun.

Is it Fall there? I know you have been working in your garden too and have some exciting projects planned for next year that you will announce to the readers soon. I am getting more and more interested in Bio dynamic gardening.It is said to be more organic than organic gardening. They use certain plants to fertilize the soil and plant everything according to the moons cycles. I think if I can focus on planning on transitioning over this winter then I will be ready in the fall. 




Friday, September 8

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: One Yard Revolution-Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is One Yard Revolution-Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening. Fantastic channel!


Friday, September 1

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Charles Dowding


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Charles Dowding, with tips on no dig, less input, more yield and fewer weeds.




Thursday, August 31

September Garden Tour-Portland, OR

Heirloom tomatoes 

These zinnias look like dried flowers

This is an ornamental artichoke

Tomatoes

More Tomatoes


The GreenStalk gardening system is working out great!

Friday, August 25

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: The Great American Farm Tour Justin Rhodes

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Justin Rhodes' The Great American Farm Tour. This isn't our typical gardening channel. It's more of a farm and travel channel. In a nutshell- a family of six, a converted bus, and the open road leading to farms across America. It's fantastic!


Friday, August 18

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorite: David the Good


Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is David the Good. Check out David's channel for fun videos on a variety of topics-gardening in the tropics, permaculture, honey bees, and loads more.




Friday, August 11

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Edible Acres

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Edible Acres, permaculture gardeners from the Finger Lakes region of New York state.

 
 
 

Sunday, August 6

August Flowers In Caroline's Garden

Day lily, Bachelor Buttons Tiger Lily, Golden Rose, Purple Coneflower
Pansies, Petunias, Bee Balm, Phlox, Tiger Lilies, Bachelor Buttons
 

Friday, August 4

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Oliver's Greenhouse

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is Oliver's Greenhouse.  Check out his videos about Orchids, Exotic and Carnivorous Plants.

 
 

Tuesday, August 1

End of July Flowers-Portland, OR

Pretty Cosmos Flower-easy to grow annual
 
Green Envy Zinnia-easy to grow annual

My roses are blooming again

Love these Zinnia. The blooms look like paper flowers

One of my Cosmos beds

Friday, July 28

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Bealtaine Cottage

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is one we've been watching for years now and have recommended before, but if you haven't been introduced to Bealtaine Cottage, you must take a look. Colette has renewed her three acres in Ireland with permaculture for the past 13 years. You will love this channel!

Thursday, July 27

Summer Update-Portland, OR




Cucumbers grown in the GreenStalk system


Below is a bed of Cosmos ready to flower. Cosmos is one of the annuals that I direct sowed this year that is doing well. Zinnia is the other one. Both should put on a fabulous show into late fall if I continue to keep cutting them for bouquets. This year I grew florist quality seeds which means these varieties are for cutting and have longer stalks than seed varieties grown in your garden.

The Cosmos are nearly my height
More mini beds of flowers in salvaged drawers. I love mini beds because they can act sort of like a new plant nursery. This year I used them to grow new varieties of annuals. 
 

Mini beds of annuals
 
I have two kinds of strawberries, the ones that fruit once and the ones that fruit several times. This year I am in a losing battle with birds. Just when a strawberry is ready to harvest, I notice the next day that a bird has consumed it. It is most frustrating. I wonder if it is the family of Bluebirds that make their home in my garden.
Strawberries in the "Greenstalk" container
 This was my first salad of 100% harvested vegetables. The tomatoes have just started to fruit. This is the SunGold variety. They are always sweet.
Salad from the garden
 Here is a photo of my mother with a fresh cut bouquet from the garden.
Flowers included snapdragons, roses and herbs for greenery.
 
Mum gets a bouquet of garden flowers
 

Friday, July 21

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorite: What Vivi Did Next

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is somewhat new to YouTube, but you've seen Vivi on Sean's Allotment Garden. Now she's started her own channel "What Vivi Did Next."

Saturday, July 15

Caroline's July Flower Garden 2017

My flowers are blooming mid-summer, so here is a quick July tour of my perennials.

Daylily

Yellow Roses

Foxglove


Dianthus

Poppy

Foxglove and Mock Orange

Mock Orange

Friday, July 14

Sprouts Friday Featured Favorites: Desert Plants of Avalon

Several years ago, Sprouts posted our 20 Favorite YouTube Gardeners. It's consistently our most popular post. Since then, more gardeners have shared their wisdom and gardens on YouTube. Each Friday, we will feature one garden channel we find inspiring.

This week's featured YouTube Gardener is "Desert Plants of Avalon." If you like cacti and succulents, you will enjoy this fun channel.

Wednesday, July 12

Hiking Mt. Tom in Woodstock Vermont


Some scenes from our hike up Mt. Tom in Woodstock Vermont. It's a lovely hike, much of it on carriage roads with a beautiful view at the top of Woodstock village.





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