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Vegetable Garden Series Part 3c: Planting the Seedlings

I should have taken a picture of the flat of seedlings I started back on March 9, but I didn’t think to take pictures at first, I was so intent on getting them into the ground! As I was preparing the bed, I realized I should do a final post on this little flat of seedlings so you could have a complete picture. Well, technically, I suppose when we’re eating the vegetables is when the cycle is complete (or is it when I compost the scra…


Lemon-Garlic Roasted Vegetables {for Roasted Vegetable Bisque}

lemon-garlic-roasted-veg

…. olive oil 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt 1/4-1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Chop all the vegetables to similar sizes and place in a large roasting pan. Add the herbs, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and stir to mix. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are lightly brown and very tender. Let cool and then pack into freezer bags in 3-cup portions, label and freeze. Makes 4-5 cups. Lemon-Garlic Roaste…


Organizing: Garden Paperwork

garden planning binder

…to help ward off diseases. Previous year’s seed orders. Makes it easy to refer to when ordering new seeds. Planting guide for the season. So you know where to plant the current year’s crop to maximize your planting area. General guide to planting dates for your region. Non-essential, but nice to keep included: Magazine/newspaper articles relating to specific gardening interests Plant tags and records of trees, shrubs, and flowers pl…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 5: Organic Vegetable Garden Checklist

The Organic Vegetable Gardening Checklist is available as a PDF file. Simply click on the picture above to open and then print it out. This is a checklist I developed to help me keep track of our optimum planting schedule here in the Pacific Northwest, plus seeding and fertilizing information. I created this a few years ago and continue to refine it as needed. While it is tailored to the Pacific Northwest (west of the Cascades), I think it…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 2: How to Start Plants from Seeds

Seed Starting Equipment - An Oregon Cottage

…rt some seeds! Today I’m going to share how to start plants from seeds indoors weeks or months before your planting season so that you can have your own seedlings when it’s time to plant. Starting vegetables from seed can be less expensive (although it can be expensive if you buy a lot of specialized equipment the gardening stores and catalogs want to sell you!), but the main reason I start my vegetables from seed is control and selec…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 1: Get Started Gardening

10 Basic Steps to Starting a Vegetable Garden - An Oregon Cottage

…in other words, it’s definitely a ‘cottage’ thing to do! My story I love, love growing my own vegetables now but I didn’t start out that way – I was all about flowers: roses, daylilies and peonies especially. But I thought I should have a little area to grow a few vegetables, so I grew some lettuce, tomatoes, and beans in a couple of raised beds. And then something I could’ve never guessed happened: the first…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 4: Design For Easy Care

I should probably start this part of the series with this confession: I have never grown vegetables in the “traditional” way of tilling a large spot of land and planting in rows. To be honest, the thought just scared me when I was a beginning gardener. And on a number of levels, too: I’d never used a tiller (and couldn’t afford one), I didn’t want to wait until mid-May or later to plant (you have to wait for the soi…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 3: Caring For Seedlings Week 1

Caring for Seedlings at One Week - An Oregon Cottage

Here’s a look at the seeds I started a week ago: This tray is planted with tomatoes in 4-inch pots (which are actually 3 1/2-inches – go figure). Most of the tomatoes have come up (they’re pretty easy) which is in stark contrast to my peppers, which you’ll see in a bit. In my experience peppers take much longer – about 1-2 weeks longer – to come up than tomatoes, and I u…


Organic Vegetable Gardening 101

Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 - An Oregon Cottage

…Here’s where you’ll find all the links to An Oregon Cottage’s classic series on organic vegetable gardening! We start from the basics of how to design your garden, how to start plants from seeds and then to care for them before planting them in your garden, plus ideas of how you can plan for a fall garden. Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 Series: Part 1: Introduction to Starting a Vegetable Garden Part 2: How to Start Seed…


Planting Potatoes The Easy Way

…have some problems with slugs eating the new shoots under the straw, so I’ve adapted this method a bit by planting the tubers a little under ground and then hilling up with straw when they’ve reached about 8 inches high. You can read about how I updated my potato planting method here.* When I first started growing vegetables, I planted potatoes the common way: digging a hole or trench, laying the spud in, and covering with soil. As t…


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