The October Garden {TGP}

October 2013 Sideyard

Welcome to my October garden! We’re definitely feeling not only fall here, but also the end of the season with a number of plants biting the dust with some early light frost we had last week. That combined with our record-setting September rain has put quite a damper (pun completely intended) on the garden. Hydrangeas, […]

September Blooms {TGP}

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Even though it seems like every blog I visit is talking about pumpkins, leaves, fall and getting cozy by the fire, I’m still busy relishing our garden’s September blooms! Even though there are many things I enjoy about fall, I’m usually drug kicking and screaming into it because I know the seemingly endless cold and […]

Table Grapes! {TGP}

Red Grape Cluster

I’m so excited to share about our grapes with you all – I can’t believe how much they’re producing in only their third summer! We had a large grape arbor over a seating area in our last house and I loved the shade the vine provided, as well as how it looked with grape clusters […]

Tomato Plants Update {TGP}

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Do you remember back in the early spring when I shared this photo of my seedling pepper and tomato plants: And that what was wrong was the fact that there are dog hairs sticking out of some of the plants – because our dog had gone crazy (trying to get a mouse, we now assume) […]

Cottage Garden Flowers {TGP}

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Isn’t June just the most amazing month for gorgeous blooms? My cottage garden flowers are putting on quite a show right now that I’m trying to enjoy as much as possible because I know the dry days of August and September are not far away – the the borders will show signs of browning, the […]

June Planting & Harvest {TGP}

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Happy Tuesday Garden Party! Today I thought I’d just share a bit of what’s going on in our garden. I had big plans to share a tutorial on how to plant a corn patch with no weeds all season (yes, it can be done!), but it’s not to be this week. The new goal is […]

The March Garden {TGP}

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With the start of a new season, I’m always thinking the garden should be – poof! – growing and providing food. Too bad I don’t plan and plant enough during the fall and winter to actually make that happen. I’ve looked into it, because Steve Soloman (Gardening West of the Cascades) says we can grow […]

Chicken Coop Progress!

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I’m so excited to share with you the progress we’ve made on our future chicken coop! Since I’ve been talking for years about wanting to keep a few chickens on our acre, you all can probably guess how fun it is to finally see it coming together. We started with this three-sided structure on our […]

March Garden Craziness- Tuesday Garden Party


I know from past experience that we often get wild and crazy weather in March. It’s our daughter’s birthday month which makes it easy to remember that we’ve celebrated her birthday in sunshine as well as snow and hail. But it’s always weird to me. Especially since last week the rest of the country enjoyed […]

March Garden Chores: First Tuesday Garden Party of 2012!


It was so nice to read all your comments and emails telling me how much you are looking forward to the new season and the Tuesday Garden Party- thank you! I love it, too, and am so glad to have you guys to share it with! So without further ado… What garden chores have you […]

Asparagus Experiment Update

Here’s a quick update on the Great Asparagus Experiment (I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breaths…): The first week of June I stopped harvesting bed #1 so it could produce it’s ferns. Just yesterday, during this last week of June, I cut down the ferns from bed #2. In the picture above, bed […]

Tuesday Garden Party- It’s Starting To Look Like Spring…

Last weekend I was able to get quite a few things planted and the garden is definitely taking on the look of a spring garden (instead of a dead, needing to be cleaned up garden). I planted some lettuce seedlings I started from seed as well as a couple rows of spinach (a late-spring variety) […]

My Asparagus And Potato Beds

One of my readers, Dan, asked to see pictures of what my asparagus bed looks like now as I’m harvesting my first spears, as well as a question about growing potatoes under straw. Hey, I’m always ready to share pictures! This bed is four years old now, so I can harvest it the full six […]

The Trouble With Voles

Some of you may remember my dismay last summer when the voles (otherwise referred to as field mice) started attacking my vegetable garden with a vengence. I knew we had them around the property because I had seen the holes in the grass, but they had never ventured into the garden in the four years […]

When Seeds Sprout

One of the things I enjoy about starting my garden vegetables from seed is the thrill I get when they sprout. It’s just such a little miracle. You put this dry, brown thing in more dry brown stuff, add some water and – poof! Plants emerge. Real, green living things. And sometimes they’re pretty old […]

The Flower of February

We’ve had such a mild winter since our week of 11 degree temperatures in December that a lot of things are blooming (full blown daffodils in February?!), but the traditional flowers of February to me are crocus. They seem to be the promise of spring with their bright colors shooting up through the green leaves […]

An After-Christmas Tradition (For Garden Nerds)

The Christmas tree is gone, the decorations all in their boxes ready for the attic, and now I finally get to sit down with my… Garden catalogs! Seriously, my daughter rolls her eyes at this (welcome to life with a 13-year-old), but I restrain myself through the holidays, putting aside the new year’s gardening catalogs […]

What’s blooming in October?

October seems like such a lackluster month for flowers. Everything’s browning, shutting down, or becoming bare. And really, everyone is looking at the trees and their glorious colors anyway. But walking around I was surprised to find quite a few things still blooming and some that got a second wind when the rains started again […]

What’s Blooming Now?

Some of the blooms of fall are my favorite of all. A lot of people have hot colors now (reds, oranges), but I still like my pastels with a little yellow and white thrown in for balance. I love this combo in front of my house. A few blooms of a hardy geranium compliment the […]

A Late Summer Bouquet

I just had to share this beautiful bouquet. I asked my daughter to find something blooming in the yard for the table centerpiece and this is what she came up with. Wow. She’s good. I believe that flowers are an important part of the frugal lifestyle. Huh? You read that right. I just think flowers […]

Two Views of the Garden

I was looking through some of my photos and came across this one I took of the vegetable garden last March. I was surprised, I guess. I mean, I know what it looks like in winter, but I kinda forget when I’m in the harvesting season: This is what gardeners dream of in the winter […]

Summer Flowers

My 13-year old daughter has taken some really good photographs this past year. I really think she’s got a great eye for composition (yes, I know I’m biased, but I really do think…). So I asked her to take some pictures of flowers that were blooming now in our garden for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day […]

Garden Harvest and Problem

We’ll start with the positive: I love bringing in the basket full of beautiful produce. Zucchini for kabobs, the last of the lettuce, green beans for my favorite side dishes, and a lovely head of “Graffiti” Cauliflower. Isn’t the color something? One of the reasons it’s so fun to garden is to be able to […]

The Garden After A Week Away

This was the harvest I came back to after 8 days away from the garden on our vacation. The broccoli and snap peas were finally ready to harvest- yea! The snaps are so good to eat just standing out in the garden all warmed from the sun… As you can see, despite my planning, I’ve […]

What’s Growing Now: Mid-June

Ah, roses. Old-fashioned, multi-petaled pastel ones are my favorite. In our city house, I went crazy with the roses and had about 30 bushes and climbers on a 50 x 100′ lot. It was too much work (ever prune a climbing rose that is 20′?) and I decided I would only plant a few favorites […]

What’s Growing Now: Late May

I love clematis and have quite a few. This one is a no-name that was in a discount package of three labeled “Purple Clematis.” Three years later, two have made it and both are this, which seems to me more pink than purple. I think it’s probably a “Nelly Moser.” The foxglove are just opening […]

Vegetable Garden Update, or My Crazy Tomato Cover

I’ve seen some magazines (and bloggers) who have beautiful hoop houses that they use to protect their vegetables from frost and cold weather. They might be covered with plastic, spun row cover or shade cloth, depending on the time of year, but they always look tidy and neat. This is my Oregon Cottage tomato cover […]

What’s Growing Now

Just a quick trip around our property to see what’s blooming (Irises!) and how the seedlings are doing. We had a streak of 70 to 80 degree days about a week ago, then it dipped down to almost freezing a couple of nights, and now it’s settled in on rain (what? In Oregon?) and lows […]

What’s Growing in The Garden?

Welcome to the first of a series of occasional posts on what is growing in my garden. Most people know what you might find in the garden in July (but that won’t stop me from showing you!), but what about February? I get plant lust for the spring and summer bloomers and veggies like most […]

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