Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rain, Rain, This and That

It feels like it has been raining forever! I guess when our average amount of rain is somewhere between 40 - 50 inches a year there will be times like these.
The forecast though is looking good.

61° | 49°
67° | 50°
83° | 54°
79° | 52°
70° | 49°

How often have you tried to figure out what and when to plant, searching for zone maps and realizing there is more than one source of information? Here is another option from Sunset Magazine showing climate zones.

One of the interesting things in the Historic Hudson's Bay neighborhood is the first community garden in Vancouver, WA. I'm trying to find more info such as when it was started but here are a couple of pictures.

The raised beds are looking great!

This garden is just one of the interesting things Max (our dog) and I have found on our daily walks.

Speaking of our Max (12 yr old, black cocker spaniel); he had surgery Tuesday to remove a tumor and an abcessed tooth. Eric found a wonderful vet in Hazeldel. If you are looking for someone to help you keep your pets healthy we will be happy to make a recommendation.

Tomorrow my oldest son graduates from PCC!!! We'll be among the masses at The Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR to cheer him on and show how proud we are. Next step, the engineering school at PSU. All accomplished while working full time, rebuilding cars and his house, gardening and trying to have a life. Good job son!

Saturday I get to get my farming geek on! Heading out on a small acreage tour with 30+ other people sponsored  and arranged by the Small Acreage Program Coordinator WSU Clark County Extension. These are the great folks who do the Master Gardener, Master Composter/Recycler, Master Food Preserver programs. To learn more about the Washington  state and Clark county extension services go to 

Happy to report that our cd "TwoRivers Music Vol. 1" will be released June 25, 2010. Other things are in the works, some of which have caused us to switch to BMI from ACSAP. Tons of red tape involved in all this new stuff, bit of grind but worth it in the end. Thanks to our friends Tim Davis and Lyman Louis who have helped with this process.

Our garden continues to do well and feed us several times a week. We haven't bought salad greens for over a month-this is important because we tend to eat huge dinner salads 4 or more time a week. We harvested our first Walla Walla Sweet Onion Monday and added it to a marvelous grilled chicken salad. Recipe: fresh greens (red sails lettuce and baby spinach) chopped Walla Walla Sweet Onion, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, raisins, cubbed Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese, grilled chicken (George Foreman grill that we got a Value Village-best buy of small appliance ever!) and our choice of dressing-raspberry vinaigrette for me! There are many variations to this salad so it doesn't get old.
Green beans are beginning to wind around the trellis and the Scarlett Runner Beans are up! Two out of 3 pots of potatoes are growing well with marigolds and nasturtiums coming up around the outer edges of the pots. Cucumbers and tomatoes looking good but some of the peppers look sad. Not warm enough I thing. Basil doing ok and onions doing well.

Got my very own copy of the Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs! Fantastic book at a very reasonable price. Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs 

Looking forward to tomorrow and sunshine! I want a solar oven!!! Yes, we have enough sunlight to do solar in SW Washington!

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