Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This week in the 'couve

Here we are in the middle of May 2011 and the weather says "April" loud and clear. Lilacs are blooming, thunder storms are predicted and it is the coldest spring on record with only 5 or 6 days above 50 degrees F.

We are so lucky and blessed to have a greenhouse. It is full of 12 kinds of tomatoes, seedlings including scarlet runner beans, popcorn, anahiem peppers, banana peppers and bell peppers, watermelon, pumpkin, blueberries and a variety of pollinator attracting flowers.

The grape vine, filbert and apple trees are breaking bud.

Chives, raspberries and strawberries are blooming. Blueberries are setting on fruit. Lettuce, spinach, onions, scallots and garlic are growing well.

We intend to set out the bean starts this weekend so soil prep is under way. Will add coffee grounds, rabbit manure and compost after picking out at least one bucket of river rock. Sigh. Lots of rock for lots of projects.

Check out my book review at http://www.examiner.com/organic-gardening-in-vancouver/seeds-of-change-the-living-treasure-review

What are you doing in your garden this week?

The new TwoRivers Music Podcast will be available later today at http://tworiversmusicpodcast.blogspot.com/    Drop by and listen!

All images are by Eric Donaldson Tworivers. You can view his work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/eric-tworivers.html

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy first week of May!

We are still working our way through the coldest, dampest April in many years but the garden is growing.
Spinach, lettuces, onions, shallots, garlic,strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are doing well.

We assembled our new greenhouse over the weekend. What a job! Removed sod, chipped mortar from bricks (thank you craigslist) and got it together. 3 ft x 6ft of warmer growing area and the plants are loving it!

Experienced gardeners in our area look to the eastern hills to know when to plant out. If there is snow on the ridge top we wait. So... we are waiting. The greenhouse is stuffed with tomatoes, scarlet runner beans, popcorn starts and flats of seeds waiting to germinate.

The music business is perking along with additional gigs and improving statistics. You can check that out at www.reverbnation.com/tworivers music.

The new Podcast addition is available for listening at http://tworiversmusicpodcast.blogspot.com/

Last week we suffered a huge set back when all the gear from my husband's day job was stolen. He is a professional photographer and this theft put him out of work. We are struggling to move beyond that.
So you can imagine that this past week has been a mixed bag. The photos on this addition, including the cd cover shot, are by Eric Tworivers. You can view his work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/eric-tworivers.html

Our cd is available for download at Amazon.com!  

Thanks for taking the time to read!