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Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco

This time of year, it's easy to dream of a garden as beautiful as the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. Photo Rachel Beck.

Apparently I’m not the only one making garden resolutions.

I stumbled upon this post on garden resolutions  from Mississippi State University. Granted, their growing season starts a little earlier than ours, but the ideas are still applicable.

I also discovered this terrific video from a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension employee. Sound familiar?

Penn State published a list of 12 garden tips for the new year (adopted from a University of Vermont professor who runs a wonderful gardening blog). a list of gardening resolutions Also at Penn State, a Master Gardener listed her resolutions, one of which is to simply enjoy the garden — a reminder we shouldn’t need, but sometimes do.

~Rachel

01/09/2012 at 9:55 am 1 comment

Checklist for home, garden and beyond in 2012


Winter sky

A western Oregon winter sky. Photos Rachel Beck.

Sometimes I think the new year comes at the wrong time. From kindergarten through college, fall was my time for a fresh start, with new teachers, classmates, clothes and books. In nature, spring is when things are born and emerge. But according to the calendar on my wall (even the Australian one, with its backwards seasons), the new year begins in a few days — January 1.

But what is there to do other than get a new calendar? I don’t have new subjects to study, nor is it the right time to plant a garden. Frankly, the chill and the short daylight hours don’t make me feel like starting new projects, unless they involve sleeping or eating more.

The next week, then, is the time to plan and dream. (more…)

12/27/2011 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Super spring bulb solution

Potted hyacinth bring color and fragrance. Photo Rachel Beck.

In the fall I’ve always wanted to plant more bulbs than the daffodils and tulips I already have in my yard, but never took the time to find what bulbs might work best or where to place them in the garden. This year promises to be different, thanks to OSU Extension horticulturist Linda McMahan.

Use pots! Nearly all bulbs sold in the fall work well in pots that stay outdoors, she says. It’s easy to create a stunning display that begins to grow in the fall or middle of winter, then bursts into bloom in the spring or early summer.

“Don’t be afraid to pack the pot full of bulbs,” she said. “Plant a lot of bulbs at different, overlapping levels. You can easily put 20-30 bulbs, sometimes even more, into a pot that is 14–20 inches across. Use bulbs of many different sizes for an interesting display and longer seasonal appeal.”

For more information on what bulbs to plant and how, check out this news release.

Thanks, Linda. Beautiful blooming pots are another good reason to look forward to spring!

~April Beckwith

11/04/2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Everything garlic, with guest blogger Camille Storch

In this post, we’re excited to feature a guest writer. Camille Storch is an off-the-grid mom of two living and working in rural Oregon.  She writes about ecology, agriculture, and the reality of her modest but joyful lifestyle on her blog, Wayward Spark.

It's garlic time. Photos copyright Camille Storch.

Garlic is amazing. I’m so happy that it exists on this earth. Yeah, there’s the whole bad breath thing, but really, I could care less.

Good garlic kept in a dry storage location will last for months or even over a year. It doesn’t really NEED any specific preservation, but I’m going to offer up a couple alternatives to keeping a heads on the kitchen counter: garlic braids and homemade garlic powder. (more…)

10/25/2011 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Green tomatoes? But I want them to be ripe!

So many green tomatoes.

This year has been cold and wet, and boy, did the garden notice. I’ve got a raised bed full of not-so-cherry tomatoes — in fact, I’d say they are simply green tomatoes. As fall winds down, Extension has heard “Can I ripen green tomatoes?” more than once.

An OSU Extension article (here) says the answer is yes. (more…)

10/19/2011 at 3:17 pm 3 comments


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