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Start Eggplant From Seed

March 18 - March 24
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of March, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes In the Maritime Northwest, you'll have the best luck with thin, Asian-type eggplant. The big chunky Italian type won't produce as well. More sensitive than tomatoes or even peppers, cold nights make eggplant sulky. Don't rush seed starting earlier than late March unless you're prepared to up-pot into gallon-size pots. Transplant out at about 8 weeks in late May or early June or when overnight temps are firmly into the mid-50s. Eggplant benefits from all the season extension…

Start Cucumber From Seed

March 25 - March 31
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day fourth of March, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes You can totally start the cucurbit family plants inside. You don't have to - but you can. I do it all the time. Here are the tricks for starting any cucurbits under lights where slugs won't eat them the minute they germinate: Start them in a generous sized pot or soil block. A 2-inch pot for cucumbers is good. Larger seed? Larger pot. Seed them about 3 weeks before you’d direct sow them. Don't push it. These are fast…

Monthly Cleaning of Chicken Coop

April 13
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An event every month that begins at 12:00am on day Second of the month, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes We've tried to design our chicken area to be pretty low maintenance, but there's still basic daily care, and about once a month it's important to do a deeper clean and freshening up of the coop. I replace the shredded paper we use in the nesting boxes, top up or replace the coop floor litter, dust the coop, deal with any poop that escaped attention during daily maintenance, and cut new branches of bay leaf to hang in…

Start Corn From Seed

April 15 - April 21
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of April, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Corn is a heat-loving summer crop that needs gobs of fertility, but otherwise it's not particularly picky. Although typically direct sown, corn transplants easily and, since it will grow at lower temperatures than it will germinate, starting corn seedlings under lights can move your corn harvest up by several weeks or a month. One drawback to starting corn under lights is that you need a block of at least 16 corn plants for reasonable pollination, and more is better. That…

Start Winter Squash From Seed

April 15 - April 21
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of April, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Winter squash is pretty easy to grow. Just remember it's still a heat-loving summer plant, despite the name. Don't select super-long-season varieties and you'll probably be pretty successful. Direct seed if you want, or start under lights where slugs won't eat them the minute they germinate. Standard cucurbit advice applies: Start them in a generous sized pot or soil block. I use a 4-inch pot for most winter squash. Larger seed? Larger pot. Really huge squash like hubbard have…

Start Zucchini and Summer Squash From Seed

April 15 - April 21
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of April, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Zucchini is famous for being so easy to grow people dump it on neighbor's porches in August and run away. The typical Northwest lack of summer heat that can make other cucurbits a challenge isn't much of a problem for summer squash because the whole point is to pick the vegetable when it's under-ripe. We can grow under-ripe fruiting vegetables no problem! My favorite summer squash are the Lebanese-type called cousa, kusa, coosa or kousa depending on who…

Start Spring Collard Greens From Seed

January 20, 2020 - January 26, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of January, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Collard greens can be grown year round in the Pacific Northwest with a little care. Nearly as cold hardy as kale and more heat tolerant, collards are an easy crop in this region. If you want to harvest year round, start collards inside in late February along with the rest of your spring brassica crops. If space is limited, collard greens - like kale - are well suited to fall and winter culture. Sow outside directly or start…

Start Artichokes From Seed

January 27, 2020 - February 2, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day last of January, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes The mild Pacific Northwest is generally an excellent climate for artichokes, and if you baby your plants a bit through the winter, there is a good chance they will perform as short-lived perennials for you. However, if you want artichokes from seed this year, you need to start early. Start artichokes in generous 3-inch or 4-inch pots in the last half of January, and be ready to up-pot if needed. Set starts out in very early spring. It's…

Start Onions From Seed

January 27, 2020 - February 2, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day last of January, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes To grow your own onions from seed, start with very fresh, same-year seed. In the Pacific Northwest, start onions from seed from late-January to early-February. Select a long-day variety and sow lightly in a shallow tray filled with potting mix. Make shallow, 1/2-inch deep furrows across your tray, spacing the furrows about 3-inches apart. Aim to sprinkle about 6 onion seeds per inch along the furrows in your tray. Plan on setting starts out in early spring. In…

Finalize Garden Plan

January 27, 2020 - February 2, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day fourth of January, repeating indefinitely

Erica’s Notes: By around the end of January, I like to have a pretty clear idea of what I'm growing and where I'll be growing it. Typically by the last week in January I've made a list of what seed varieties I want to order and figured out which seed houses have what I want. Like all enthusiastic gardeners, I'm prone to over-buying when it comes to seeds, so before I finalize my spring seed order, I check my existing…

Order Seeds, Potatoes, Onion Plants, Perennials

January 27, 2020 - February 2, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day fourth of January, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes White or Irish Potatoes (so-called to distinguish them from Sweet Potatoes) are an easy, reliable crop in the Pacific Northwest. I've tried a zillion ways to grow potatoes in tubs, bags, bins, piles of straw - you name it. It's honestly just easiest to stick them in the ground and wait. Don't over-complicate your potato growing experience. But do try different varieties! I like Yukon Gold, Makah Ozette, French Fingerling and Russian Banana. Additional Information My Favorite Seed…

Start Parsley From Seed

February 10, 2020 - February 16, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day second of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Fresh Italian parsley is a culinary essential - when you grow your own parsley you start to use this great herb generously, more like a leaf vegetable than a garnish. It's also cold hardy, and is an excellent addition to the fall and protected winter garden. Parsley germinates and grows well in cool soils, so spring direct seeding in March is a good choice if your garden is prepared. If not, start indoors by sowing thinly in deep…

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