garden glory

Heya everyone! It’s been a long time! I lost my camera for a long while. Then my computer broke. But it’s back now, and I bring you images from the past two months. This time around, I decided to skip the tacky fancy-font captions, and give you the photos in a convenient slideshow.

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Greenhouse Snapshots

About our greenhouse.
Built by Erin several years ago, it is made of two by fours and heavy plastic. It is built off the back of the house, which besides being very convenient for our daily watering trips, allows us to let the excess heat from the greenhouse into our basement. We recently scored a bunch of large glass windows, and this summer we will be upgrading the greenhouse from plastic to glass. I’ll post pictures when it happens.

Soil
Most of the time we sprout our seeds in good soil taken from the garden. It’s working well for us and we don’t need to buy or make potting mix. A side effect of using garden soil is that there is lots of seeds already in it. Mostly this is a good thing: kale, borage, chickweed, tomatoes and sometimes even carrots sprout up among our “planned” seedlings and we couldn’t be happier about it. If a plant we don’t want sprouts up, we just pluck it out once it’s been identified. We do keep a bag of sea soil around for those times we want to be 100% certain about whats sprouting.

Watering
When a seed is first planted, we water the top of the soil with a spray bottle (we buy high-quality ones through Sara’s work because 1-2 dollar ones break quickly – save money, and plastic, and don’t buy them!). Once the seedling has grown a bit, we keep the roots wet by “bottom watering” – pouring a thin layer of water into the bottom of the tray the seedlings are sitting in. This way, they are not damaged by streams of water, you get to water the roots directly, and it even saves us time, too.

(tacky design warning! I have used this post as an excuse to download and play with as many funky/tacky fonts as possible.)

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tons of garden pics, with fancy captions.

As the sun shined yesterday, I got inspired to take about a million photos of the garden. Under the cut is most of them! Continuing in the theme of going over the top, I also added fancy font captions to every picture. So, please relax, hit your F11 key, and leave us a friendly comment when you’re finished.

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Snapshots from May…

except for the pictures of Vincent and Sara, all photos by Sara.

Guess who got their first, beautiful, tattoo?

Sara enjoys summer sunshine!

Vincent, who is staying with us for several months, saves rhubarb and flowers from an abandoned house before it is torn down.

omg purple broccoli!!

hell yeah chives.post-blooming photos in the next update!

Kia wearing a safety cone.
Rin's lovely dog is recovering from neck surgery and we got to take care of her for five days. Get well soon, Kia!

greenhouse production line. We sit our pots in containers so we can bottom water them.

Another mushroom shoots up in the greenhouse! Half an hour after this photo was taken, the mushroom had released it's spores and colapsed.

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Mushroom Marvel – Sara Posts!

     

fact: i hated mushrooms as a kid.

like most strongly flavoured ingredients (olives, garlic, truffles, seafood, wines, spices, “game” meats etc…), my premature tastebuds would become overwhelmed and repulsed, but as i have grown in my years, diets and experiences, i have learned to savour what i once shunned. many of us experience this…

my love and curiosity for mushrooms did not come from eating them (from table mushrooms to mushroom-tea) but stemming more from their uniqueness, beauty, symmetry and diversity

fact: the mushroom is the largest organism on earth!

“..they have a relative out west that occupies some 2,384 acres (965 hectares) of soil in Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Put another way, this humongous fungus would encompass 1,665 football fields, or nearly four square miles (10 square kilometers) of turf.

“The discovery of this giant Armillaria ostoyae in 1998 heralded a new record holder for the title of the world’s largest known organism, believed by most to be the 110-foot- (33.5-meter-) long, 200-ton blue whale. Based on its current growth rate, the fungus is estimated to be 2,400 years old but could be as ancient as 8,650 years”

i have been grateful to observe six species in our own yarden, so far; and a few others around precise parts of town, at precise times.

unfortunately i am not well trained in the art of identifying mushrooms….if it wasn’t for my prudent, caring roommates, i might have ingested  all these species without living to gloat about their taste and properties!

(remember: eating unidentified mushrooms COULD equal: death.)

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April Update.

What’s new with the farmhouse right now? Mostly, we have been joking around and being silly together. Longstanding, inside jokes are the backbone of many of our conversations, and it is not unusual to walk in on a room with people in weird positions on the floor, trying to illustrate some joke or ridiculous point…

In the garden, we have been tidying up while sprouts are growing fast in the greenhouse. We are pleased to be still eating last summer’s kale, the onions and garlic have sprouted, and our berry bushes are budding to life. We have a strong feeling it will be a very good summer.

About these photos, to save money, I scanned my photos on a free scanner, instead of getting them scanned from negatives at the photo lab. As you can see, the quality suffered dramatically, but luckily I think the graininess is endearing.

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spring back into action!

1. Dan and I cleaned out the greenhouse, which took over an hour with two people. It’s SO tidy now, even the cat’s impressed.

2. We have started sprouting cold-weather greens and other fun plants! Feels great to be back into growing food again.

3. Dan took a pot with a radish seed into his bedroom, and it sprouted before the ones in the greenhouse! He’s now got a mini seed-sprouting operation going in his room .. and claims to be “addicted to sprouting”.

4. Getting back into the habit of cooking big soups, making big salads, and sharing good food. Less lazy = more tasty!

5. We have started accepting couchsurfers again on couchsurfing.com and are hosting a traveler this weekend. It’s a great way to meet new people, from different parts of the world.

I leave you with a few photos from Dan’s mobile phone:

that’s CAPTAIN Sara to you!
Dan gets serious with your dad’s glasses.
scheming, scheming…
procrastination: tools of the trade!
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