Brasicas in soil blocks in the heat of summer
Steve's swedes planted in soil blocks on 7/23/12. 18 out of 20 ain't bad.
Overview from the SW corner. Cultivated bed is where the garlic was and where brasicas will go.
Provider green bean
Lettuce Leaf Basil
Basil close up. Time to thin and make pesto.
Dutch Yellow Shallots. They keep longer than Copra onions and are really yummy.
New Gladiolas. I’ve learned they should be lifted and stored over winter here. Hopefully they will form more bulbs and I can expand them.
Squash, spring planted Kale, Cilantro going to seed in back of Kale
Cilantro/Coriander going to seed. It's a great insect plant when in flower. I just shake the seeds around when they cure. They are a good weed.
Nutribud broccoli from Adaptive seeds. The only one that survived the root maggots. I just harvested it and it's still going. I've planted more in the seed blocks for fall/winter.
Costata Romanesco zucchini . Carol Depe's and my favorite. Known for big stuffing flowers and great tasting fruit.
A domestic yarrow survivor from long ago.
I've learned that garter snakes love rock piles. They eat slugs.
From left to right. Forest green parsley, unrecorded celery, Italian giant parsley.
Falk our 4 month old German Wirehaired Pointer in the parsley and celery. He will also be helping to put meat on the table this fall/winter.
Poppies. I'm going to shake the seed pods around to create weeds everywhere.
Last year's unharvested carrots feeding good insects. The pink flowers are from the Purple Haze. You may remember my carrot trial report from last year.
Potatoes. Rose Gold, Yukon Gold, Butte, Caribe, All Blue, all from Wood Prairie, Maine. Nice new potatoes now. Most will overwinter in the grownd under mounded soil from between the plants.
Hibiscus. First started from Johnny's seed years ago. It barely flowers in time before frost kills the tops. The roots survive winter and sprout the next year. A reminder of my tropical roots in Venezuela.
Charentais melon from Johnny's. They just barely ripen most years here. When they do, they are nectar for the Gods. I should cheat with plastic.
The biggest winter squash in the garden this year is the Buttercup on the left. There are two Carol Deppe Oregon Homestead Sweet Meats to the right.
Diva salad cucumbers
Parade cucumbers from Russia for fermenting
Parade pickling cucumbers
Second year asparagus. Second year raspberries to the right.
Ann rasberries second crop
Sole surviving lily
Comfrey. I found this in flower growing in the neighbor's field and thought it might be a new noxious weed because I'd never seen it before. Friends identified it for me and advised that I contain it.
Valarian a friend gave to me. Really fragrant in the evening when it was in bloom.
10 ft tall Mullen growing next to the compost pile.
Egg Cart'n chicken tractor. Steel framing. Coon and dog proof. Expensive but high qualitiy. Easy to move.
Buff Orpington and Rhode Island Red moved on to fresh pasture. Also in the tractor are a Barred Rock, Americana, and Astralop.
Early Green cabbage
Volunteer flowers. I didn't have time to plant the driveway bed this year.
Hydrangias next to 6 cord wood shed which provides 95% of our heat.
Red currents. Almost done but at their sweetest.
The tomatoe patch. Way more than we can use even with canning and drying, but I like to try new varieties and the food bank gladly takes the excess. This year they where all started in soil blocks which I've discovered are hard to label. Some are obviously mis-labled. I'm using pots next year. I know. The lawn needs mowing.
Indigo Rose breed by Oregon State University for high antioxitants.
Peppers and eggplants
Super Chile Pretty spicy. Good dried.
I'm planting carrots in the forground soon. It's almost too late.
Heritage everbearing Raspberries.
The rose collection
A pretty one.
Black raspberries. Note the OSU Extention Spotted Wing Drosophila trap. They've been catching a few. They so far have been only a minor problem in the cherries and prunes.
Second year Red Haven and Hale Haven peaches to replace trees that died of Peach Leave Curl. I'm getting more diligent about spraying.
Reliance peach. Almost tree ripe. Just a couple more days. This is our earliest variety and the only 30 year old peach tree left.
Reliance peaches. Might need to can some.
Shiro plums. Almost ready. My favorite. Very sweet and juicy. Very delicate. Impossible to ship. So what?
Shiro plums. I can't wait. I tried one but it was still a little sour.
D'Ango winter pears
Bartlett pears. They are like candy dried.
Italian prunes. You may remember my story about how the Coons ate them all while I was waiting for them to get fully over ripe. I did buy a 22 but may hot wire the tree instead. I'll probably shoot one because I've never eaten one before. If its good, I may can some. No vengence.
Himalaya Blackberries. Friend and Foe. They would take over our property if I didn't constantly fight them. On the other hand they are tasting and reputed to have more antioxitants than any other food.
Pastured ducks. Mostly Anaconas on Carol Deppe's recommendation for good laying and eating. They forage and graze much better than chickens. They love cold rain and never took shelter in the worst snow and ice. They do like some shade. The ideal domestic animal for the Pacific NW.
The perenial pasture mix. The ducks love it.
The Raises Community Garden on Barker Rd. I've taken responsibility for the soil. It was tested by Logan and amended by Michael Astera. Sudan grass and cowpeas in the solid strip. I'm trying to convince the 12 Latino families to plant cover crops to get the humus up to 4% from the current 2.4% The Khare House at risk fostered teens also have plots here. They're sold on soil testing and cover croping.
Sudan Grass and black eyed peas cover crop
Dryland Kale. I'm experimenting with Steve Solomon's recomendations out of his dryland gardening book. It's basicly wide spacing and good weed control. We get very little rain in the summer here.
Dryland Costata Romanesco zuchinii
Dryland Diva cucumber
Dryland corn and potatoes
Dryland eggplant doing as well as my irrigated ones at home.
Dryland Legend tomato This plant has never been watered with the fertigation bucket. Endive upper right. Also never watered once sprouted.
Dryland Buckwheat going to seed. It never even needed water to germinate.
Dryland Crimson Clover suffering
Dryland Peaceful Valley Soil Builder going to seed. It did great with a little water to get it started.
Dryland Annual Rye and Crimson Clover. Not so hot.
Dryland Sudan Grass and black eyed peas. Doing great compared to the annual rye/crimson clover to the left.
Dryland Chantenay carrots
Dryland Provider Beans
Dryland Potatoes. Right to Left: Caribe (it's done), Bake King, and Gem Gold
Right to Left: Anaheim, Jalapeno
I took pity on the Anaheim and gave it a bucket of water. It had a bucket of half strength Miracle Grow Bloom 15-30-15 a few weeks ago.
Dryland Diva Endive from Adaptive Seeds. Not too bitter. Carrots upper right.
Dryland Saskatoon White from Adaptive. Reputed to be the earliest dry field corn they've tested and suitable for making Arepas, a Venezuelan staple corn cake. It's barely 3 ft tall and tasseling already.
Dryland garden overview. Irrigated Sudan grass/ black eyed peas in forground. Wild sunflowers upper right love it.
Potato PMS (Plant Moisture Stress)
Dryland direct seeded stations Rainbow Latinato kale.