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And a good bit of trees.

I could take pictures but they wouldn't be very interesting as everything is still bare twigs though the buds are swelling on quite a few. The list of what I got yesterday mostly from Burnt Ridge Nursery:

Aronia - Autumn Magic x3
Black Huckleberries (Vaccinium membranaceum) - x10
Blueberries (producing) - Berkley 30 yrs and obnoxiously huge! x1 , Reika 12yrs? x1, Chandler 5yrs+ x1
Chinese Magnolia Vine (Schizandra chinensis) - Eastern Prince x1
Cornelian Cherry - Elegant x1
Elderberry - Nova and York
Gooseberry - Hinnomaki Gold x2, Jahn's Pride x1
Goumi - Sweet Scarlet
Hardy Kiwi - Ken's Red and hardy male pollinator x1 each
Honeyberry - Blue Velvet and Blue Moon 1x each
Jujube - Li x2
Oregon Myrtle (Umbellularia californica) - Bay substitute x1
Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia) - x2
Seaberry - Chuskaya x1
Strawberries - Rainer and Tristar x25 each
Tea (Camellia sinenis) - Green tea! x1 present for Jenna
Wintergreen - x12

The annual garden is also well under way with half of the paths and beds prepped. Hopefully next weekend I'll be ready for the cedar mulch for paths and soil mix for the raised beds in back. For the next month or two I'll be building trellises (exclusively *sigh*) for all the stuff I bought/had that needs support - trees, vines, canes.

Spring is almost here!
How does the garden grow?:
ecstatic ecstatic
Precipitation / Current Temperature:
39 F / raining
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Long time no posting. Just as I was preparing the spring and summer "time lapse" photos for this blog, my 400 gig hard drive crashed taking with it every thing that lived on it: documentary, client files, music collection, and most importantly garden pictures.

Here ends the mourning period as the seed catalogue have arrived!

A bit has changed in the plan since my last post so many months ago. The house need painted, and the kitchen and bath need some upgrades so the green house will be on hold for a few years. I dismantled the beast (that had literally popped in a big windstorm) and am finishing up raised bed planters built with it's lumber and foundation this weekend.

I've created a map manifesto of our plot. It is slowly coming together and changes a bit here and there as I come across a free pear tree here or a sale on flowering fruiting quinces there. I've added so many plants that I have lost count of the number of species. I hope to get that under control in the next month or two.

I've finished the rain swales in the front of the yard and hooked them up to the roof discharge. Even in our largest multi-day downpours the performed admirably with no standing water. THe parking strip swales are 50% complete. There is some standing water in them that dissipate after 30 minutes or so. I have high hopes for native grasses and worms to tame the hard-pack soil that lives there. It took me a number of days of digging and letting it rain to soften the soil before I could get the two crabapples in the ground...

The map: Grimm Garden Map
click for a pdf
Precipitation / Current Temperature:
dry / 55 F
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I officially work for an environmental non-profit now.
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A free truckload of wood chips appeared Friday afternoon a few hours after I put away the shovel from digging out the berm for the NW corner of the yard, so I pulled out the shovel and went back to work. Saturday I had plans all day, so Jenna helped me finish up on Sunday. We mulched front and back and put in a number of the plants for the NW corner.

Next step is to build a bench near the lilac. I'm toying with the idea of building a rustic one out of the arborvitae wood I just cut down...

Adventures in fig drying:

I figured the greenhouse gets hot enough if I close it up. I added a fan to get the humidity out. We'll see if it works.

Gratuitous flower shots:

Zucchini Flower and two bumble bees

How does the garden grow?:
Precipitation / Current Temperature:
dry / 66F
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This morning while I partook of my usual morning garden walk/coffee consumption I discovered a number of bumblebees "frozen" on the sunflowers. I plopped my lazy butt down in the pumpkins and watched them warm up to flying temperature.

I removed all of the plants from the NW corner of the yard to prepare for the earth massaging/berm n' basin fun. Tonight and tomorrow the remaining arborvitae will come down. I may later chop them into lengths and bury vertically to become edging... or I may just post them for free on craigslist.

Who wants to come over for chainsaw fun?

How does the garden grow?:
tired tired
Precipitation / Current Temperature:
dry / 85 F
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