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DIY Wall Garden

Here’s another idea is vertical gardening. This time, it’s of the DIY persuasion…

Tutorial by Martha McQuade of Uniform Natural

AM Harvest

Still no tomatoes, but these eggplant look pretty delicious. Good turnout on the peppers too!


Plant Lust

I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time on here… is a simple search tool to explore plants and the nurseries to find them.

anemone coronaria

I absolutely am planting some of these – and it sounds like they are winter bloomers. Beautiful!!

Excerpt from the designspongeonline posting:

Today the anemone is on my mind. Anemone Coronaria… and don’t call her poppy. She can be French or American and comes in shades of white, blue, pink or red but is distinguished by her blue/black center. She’s around from November to April and now – January – finds us smack dab in the middle of the season when anemones are their strongest and most beautiful. Winter flowers always feel really special to me. They are lovely contrast to the weather outside. Such a lovely contrast to the clothes all over the floor or the sink full of dishes. Those things tend to fade into the distance with some flowers on the kitchen table. The cat threw up? Who cares! We have Anemones!

The anemone is a saucy and versatile flower. She can stand surprisingly well on her own – holding a room with just a few stems, but she she also mixes exceptionally well with a myriad of other blooms. She’s great at parties. All this despite her tragic name – Anemone comes from Greek, meaning Windflower. It symbolizes the foresaken and is said to have sprung from the blood of Aphrodite’s slain lover, Adonis. I generally don’t tell that to brides.

building soil

I took another class at Oregon Tilth – the focus of this class was soil building techniques. I was feeling so inspired after the last one, and this got me motivated as well.

Today I tore up the back yard beds against the house. I took out all the bark and the wood edging. Brought in six cubic feet on garden compost and turned it into the hard, hard (did I say hard!) soil. It’s looking pretty good now – I got sidelined by the first downpour of the season. It is suddenly fall!

Cover Crops
I am plating Crimson Clover (a Legume) as a cover crop on the bad beds for winter. This will help to fix nitrogen and improve the soil when I turn it right into the soil in spring.

Cover crops can be divided into two groups: legumes and nonlegumes . Legumes have the ability to “fix” nitrogen and can provide a portion of the nitrogen requirement for a subsequent crop.

Common cover crops: Alfalfa, Barley, Buckwheat, Crimson clover, Fava beans, Oats, Rye (annual), Vetch (hairy), Wheat (winter).

Lasagna Gardening
This is a really cool technique where you pile different “browns” (carbons) and “greens” (nitrogens) over a bed to build up soil.

You can use the following ingredients you outdoor lasagna:
Grass Clippings, Leaves, Fruit and Vegetable Scraps, Coffee Grounds, Tea leaves and tea bags, Weeds (if they haven’t gone to seed), Manure, Compost, Seaweed, Shredded newspaper or junk mail, Pine needles, Spent blooms, trimmings from the garden, Peat moss

First layer – newspaper or cardboard
Second layer – peat moss
Third layer – organic material
Continue alternating peat moss and organic material, then add water until consistency is like a damp sponge. Cover with burlap bags.

Compost Layering
This is really similar to the Lasagna technique, except you stir everything up as you go.

growing veggies year round

I took an organic gardening class (taught by the Oregon Tilth) a couple of nights ago at beautiful Lusher Farm in West Linn. There was so much great information, I want to get it down before I for get it all!

You can grow a lot more during the fall and winter in this area than I would have though.
Root vegetables; garlic, shallots, onions, beets, radish
Brassicas; broccoli, cauliflower
Salad crops; chard, kale
Legumes; snow peas

There is lots of gardening “gear” which can help to raise the temperatures of garden beds. This article has a lot of great info about the different kinds of cold frames.

A floating row cover (aka Remay) – 2-3 degrees

Hoop house – 3-4 degrees
This page gives nice instructions on building a hoop house (they call it a cloche),

Cold Frame – 5-6 degrees

Cloche – 8-10 degrees


Renee’s Garden Seeds – Renee’s beautifully illustrated seed packets are enough to sell me, but the fact that they also have great information of the back is a major bonus!

Territorial Seed Company – Out of Cottage Grove, a stones throw from good ‘ol Eugene :) They put out a great catalog seasonally with awesome info and color photos.


it’s coming along!