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Sow or Start Lettuce and Other Salad Greens

June 25 - July 1
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An event every 4 weeks that begins at 12:00am on Monday, repeating until October 15, 2018

Erica's Notes Lettuce and other salad greens can reliably be grown year-round in the Pacific Northwest with only a little protection from November through February. My approach is to sow salad greens - in some form - about once a month from February until October. In the early season I'll start head lettuce in small pots to transplant out later or I'll broadcast sow a mesclun blend directly out under a protected low tunnel. Match your lettuce and other salad…

Sow Beets

June 25 - July 1
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An event every month that begins at 12:00am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until September 30, 2018

Erica's Notes Beets are either falling-off-a-log easy or confoundingly difficult. If they are easy for you, keep doing whatever you are doing. If they are a challenge, check your soil texture. Beets grow best when they grow fast in a fairly loose soil which allows the roots to expand easily. For uniform and well-sized beets, thinning is essential. Because each seed is really a seed cluster, one “seed” will often germinate several beet seedlings. When seedlings reach about 3-inches tall, thin to…

Sow Radishes

July 2 - July 8
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An event every 3 weeks that begins at 12:00am on Monday, repeating until September 30, 2018

Erica's Notes Earliest spring is a good time to take a gamble on your first direct seeding radishes. Try a pretty mix like Valentine’s Day or one of the heirloom French Breakfast types. Only sow a few radishes at a time - how many do you really want, you know? - but sow them often. I aim for about every 3 to 4 weeks. Later in the season you can inter-sow them with carrots or parsnips which take forever to germinate. If…

Monthly Cleaning of Chicken Coop

July 14
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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…

Sow Carrots

July 23 - July 29
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An event every 2 months that begins at 12:00am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until August 31, 2018

Erica's Notes If you have fine, loose, sandy soil carrots will probably do fine with a first sowing about mid-March. If your ground is heavier and holds water I’d wait several more weeks until late March or early April when it’s drier and you can rake the first several inches of soil to a nice fluffy consistency without clods before sowing. If you want to have a consistent supply of garden carrots, try for 3 sowings, each about 2 months…

Start Spring Collard Greens From Seed

January 21, 2019 - January 27, 2019
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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…

Order Seeds, Potatoes, Onion Plants, Perennials

January 28, 2019 - February 3, 2019
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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…

Finalize Garden Plan

January 28, 2019 - February 3, 2019
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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…

Start Artichokes From Seed

January 28, 2019 - February 3, 2019
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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 28, 2019 - February 3, 2019
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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…

Start Parsley From Seed

February 11, 2019 - February 17, 2019
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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…

Start Peppers From Seed

February 11, 2019 - February 17, 2019
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day second of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Because peppers originated in the tropics, they are not well-adapted to handle wide temperature swings from day to night or over the course of the season.  Ideal temperatures for growth and fruiting of peppers are about 85 degrees during the day and 70 degrees at night. Peppers are easy enough to start from seed if you give them bottom-heat and don't overwater them. But try to get them to sprout in damp. 55 degree soil and you're asking for…

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