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Start Spring Kale From Seed

February 19 - February 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Kale is probably the easiest crop you can grow in the Pacific Northwest. There are also many varieties and leaf shapes, colors and flavors, so this is fun crop to play around with - and success is practically assured. I typically start between a half-dozen and a dozen kale plants in mid-February, and transplant 4 or 5-week old seedlings out in mid to late March. Like most cold hardy brassicas, kale tastes best when the weather turns chilly, so…

Start Spring Kohlrabi From Seed

February 19 - February 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Kohlrabi performs best when it matures into cool weather, and it's easiest to grow this crop for fall harvest. However, since kohlrabi is a family favorite, I try to grow both a spring crop and a larger fall/winter crop Crowded kohlrabi doesn't bulb up properly, so transplant seedlings to 6-inches apart in an 18-inch wide row, or in an offset grid with plants 8 or 9-inches apart in all directions. Harvest spring sown kohlrabi promptly after it sizes…

Start Spring Broccoli From Seed

February 19 - February 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Somewhat more challenging than kale, collards, or cabbage, broccoli is still a fairly easy crop in the mild climate of the Maritime Northwest. Only very occasionally do our summer temperatures get a bit hotter than broccoli prefers, and spring and fall weather naturally suits broccoli very well. Start Broccoli indoors from mid-February to mid-March and plan to set 4 to 6 week old plants out in late-March or April. In Spring, opt for supermarket-style heading broccoli (also called…

Start Spring Cabbage From Seed

February 19 - February 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Like almost all brassicas, cabbage thrives in the Pacific Northwest. Although we think of cabbage as a sturdy, workhorse type crop, remember that it is a leaf crop, and therefore needs a soil fairly high in nutrients to perform at its best. Cabbage can be grown literally year-round in this region, but certain varieties are best suited to growing at certain times of year. For spring plantings that you will harvest in summer, select a fast-maturing or early…

Start Spring Cauliflower From Seed

February 19 - February 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes Cauliflower is like the Goldilocks of the Brassica family. She wants everything just right - not t0o cold, not too hot, not too wet, not too dry. If you are a new gardener, I recommend that you start with Romanesco (that's the cool green cauliflower with the amazing spiral patterns). Although it looks like a super-specialty vegetable, my experience is that Romanesco is actually easier to grow than the standard white cauliflowers in spring. Start Cauliflower under lights…

Start Spring Collard Greens From Seed

February 19 - February 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on the third Monday 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…

Sow Spring Peas

February 26 - March 4
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day last of February, repeating indefinitely

Erica's Notes George Washington’s birthday (2/21) is the traditional time to sow peas. If the soil has warmed up and isn’t waterlogged, and if you didn’t sow peas indoors, the end of February is a good time to get them in the ground. If the soil still seems really cold and wet where you are, wait a few more weeks. Pretty much all peas grow well in the Northwest. I focus on Sugar Snap types. Additional Information How To Grow…

Sow Radishes

February 26 - March 4
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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…

Sow or Start Lettuce and Other Salad Greens

March 5 - March 11
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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…

Monthly Cleaning of Chicken Coop

March 10
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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 Eggplant From Seed

March 19 - March 25
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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…

Sow Beets

March 26 - April 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…

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