Green Thumb Up My Nose

Garden Report for 120423

Not much work on the garden in the early part of the week. Still waiting for warmer weather and the final load of compost for the keyhole garden.

On Friday, MJ picked up a batch of hops rhizomes from our local home brewing store. It’s Jim’s Home Brew Supply, if you’re interested. A good place to go in the Spokane area. Saturday was the first of a forecast string of nice days, so I planted the hops on the south side of the house, first mixing in a bag of paver sand. They can grow a foot a day in high summer, and will hopefully shade that side of the house. I like beer, particularly microbrews (which are hard to find on tap in the Spokane area), but I’m not a brewer, so these are just for ornamentalism.

It really came up hot on Sunday — officially 77, but my shaded backyard thermometer showed 84. I dumped another load of coffee grounds into the regular garden, dug them in, and put in some lettuce under a long plastic tunnel: transplanted iceberg, last years baby romain and buttercrunch, plust some new radicchio. Transplanting the iceberg freed up the germinating tray, so I’ve started some squash: acorn, butternut, buttercup, zucchini, 8-Ball, and summer. Also some tomatoes: Oregon Special and Sweet 100. I tried putting one of my cherry tomato plants into a new hanging garden container. If it frosts, I’ll just bring it in.

We expect the warm weather to continue for another couple days, and then it will regress to the mean — highs in the low 50’s, lows in the high 30’s.

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3 Responses to “Green Thumb Up My Nose”

  1. Kurt Kremer Says:

    You’re way ahead of us. I keep looking at the garden–which is starting to wake up and yawn–and saying, in the midst of other ToDo’s, any day now. We’re scaling back this year, we think, to an even simpler set than last year. A few tomatoes, potatoes (because they’re easy and pretty), more herbs, lots of kale (black and red russian), Carrots (because, again, they are simple). More flowers, blueberries. The strawberries already try to monopolize the beds–I’ve gotten over tearing out plants and composting them.

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