Last year’s shell peas went ballistic – but it was definitely a learning experience!
Wow I can’t believe it’s almost March!!
Gardening is very different now that we live in the cooler climate of the North Oregon Coast, and because of that, my initial urge to do things like seed starting and the like has had been postponed because of lessons learned from our first full gardening cycle last year after moving out here in the summer of 2018 (our – sniff sniff – gardenless year).
One of the key things that helped us acclimate was through our trips to and from Portland. Walking around the neighborhoods there, we were able to see for example that daffodils were already in bloom several weeks ago, while here the first blooms are just occurring. Along with that, after our first full growing season here on the North Coast, knowing that the special thing called Wind makes anything involving trellises require much more stabilizing than it ever did back in the big smoke.
Our semi-detached hothouse-of-sorts, converted from what was a ‘hot tub shed’ that was added on in the 1980s and now a great place to do seed starting, overwinter certain plants, and enjoy a sunny spring day before it’s actually warm enough outside to truly bask!
Along with that, I paid attention to when goodies arrived in the nurseries out there versus here. As the cool organic, locally grown, highest-quality starts are primarily in my favorite nurseries in Portland rather than at the sadly GMO-ridden places out here, I took advantage of their earlier arrivals and brought them home to hang out in our little hothouse (pictured above) before planting them in our raised beds.
This book rocks.
I also took the time to log when things began growing, not just in our veggie garden but also in the ornamentals around the property, to see what did well here and what struggled or even went kaput. The book above, while I only read it once, had a great journal area for biweekly notes on everything from temperature to wind speed to what of course was in bloom. SO helpful to look back on this year and see what to (somewhat) expect.
So here we are, early March, and we’re just getting started. Peas are finally getting planted – shell peas with seeds saved from last year’s harvest, along with some new varieties of snow and snap peas – and spinach & buttercrunch lettuce have just been sown as well, along with the calendula that will surround and protect our potatoes while adding a bit of pretty to that bed.
Let the fun begin…!