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Good by Snow Moon

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Somehow we came to the end of February and the chores are all checked off of my list.

  • Soil Blocks made. I can see broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage sprouting
  • Winter Sowing didn’t get to those, but we did plant artichokes, and parsleys.
  • Fava Beans were the last to go in , but they are in!
  • Potatoes were beyond Chitted, we found our seed potatoes had sprouted.
  • Onions had a hair cut
  • Fruit trees pruned

Just made it! I had to put our yellow potatoes into dirt. There is a huge pot of yellow potatoes in the green house and a tub of potatoes growing just off of the deck. As I write this they are being snowed on. Last hurrah for the Snow Moon.

2february-23-2017-1 Late start on the greenhouse salad because of rat wars. YUCK They are not gone yet, but they seem to be out of the greenhouse. Thanks Ray! If I look closely I can see mixed Asian greens from Botanical Interests. Grab a pack if you ever come across them. They make a lovely spring mix. We like them while they are still tiny. I also see French Breakfast Radish from seed I saved a couple of seasons ago. Still waiting for winter Spinach and Scallions.

2february-23-2017-5 Artichokes and parsley are doing a nice job, Onions have had a hair cut, even the Tarragon has been divided and repotted. I was worried about my Tarragon. I’ve had this plant for as long as we have lived in Everett. If I had to buy a new start it would not be the end of the world. I guess it is a matter of pride that I’ve kept it alive and fresh all this time. Wa-hoo Creation!

2february-232017-3 Outside, under our kitty kover, the garlic and shallots are doing great! Every time I flip the lid off for the day the scent of the herbs inspires me to make soup. Yes, I see weeds, but they are not ALL weeds It looks like the chamomile is already coming back. I think it liked wintering under the kitty kover.

2february-232017-1It was late when I pressed the last Fava Bean into the chilly loam, but I promise the day was clear and bright when Ray and I went out to putz in the garden. Ray pruned our trees. There is a video but I have not tackled that yet. The new plum is covered with buds. On the espaliered apple tree I think he might have removed as much wood as he left. We still need to tackle the the different cane and vine berries, they are waiting for us. I planted my Fava beans near by that day. Now and then he wanted my opinion on what did I think about what he is cutting. Isn’t he awesome! Look at the beautiful soil under the chips. Sadly, the rows look a little red neck (I r redneck). There are not many open spaces for the dogs to run in the garden. The mini fences and blue bailing twine is to discourage the dogs from running through the new bed of beans.

2february-25-2017-1 Just a hint of whats happening in March, under the Worm Moon. Why Worm Moon? It is going to start warming up enough to make happy worms!

  • Choose your tomato seed
  • Get a bed ready for peas
  • Choose pepper seed
  • Get ready to plant onions
  • Are your early potatoes ready?

Now, Whose going to teach me about Dahlias?

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Pruning my fruit trees

Ray bravely takes a snip of an Orcas pear tree on a rare sunny February day in Everett.

Clippers do not frighten me. I am not afraid to snip back berries, even the apparently scary blue berries. Roses and lilacs…. cut, cut, cut. Knowing where to snip rhododendrons and still get bloom next season, no problem. But how to trim a pear tree and have fruit in fall? I have no idea.  My trees are young, but how many years can I use that excuse? But, at the right time, Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville, Washington, had a fruit tree pruning class. The teacher was good. I am pretty sure that I still do not know what I am doing. As I watched the video, I realized that Ray and I have opposite ideas of what a tree should do after it is pruned. Ray is the tree guy so I happily bow to him.

It is probably too late now, but have you got any helpful tips for me?

The berry class mentioned at the end of the video, Bountiful Berries, will be at Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville, Washington. It is a free class but you need to register. Ten in the morning at the nursery on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Deception Pass, February 2005

After a solid week of blue sky and banana belt temperatures the rain has returned to Everett. Weather Underground has an optimistic “mostly” cloudy and makes the rain a toss-up at 50%. The cloud cover will keep it fairly warm tonight, 42 degrees F. Hey! We are almost up to the magic 10 hours of daylight, 9 hours and 52 minutes from sunrise at 7:27 AM to sunset at 5:19 PM (we should be at ten hours on Friday!!)

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