2023 summer garden......

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Beautiful couple days. Worked in the garden today and got several items planted. I planted Spanish sweet onions, Oregon sugar pod peas, lettuce, mustard and radishes.

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Beautiful couple days. Worked in the garden today and got several items planted. I planted Spanish sweet onions, Oregon sugar pod peas, lettuce, mustard and radishes.

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Great looking garden but wouldn't work around here. The deer would eat it up without a fence.
 
In Febuary I started all my veg seedlings in the house -6 kinds of tomatos, mustard, chard, spinach cucmbers, and 3 kinds of squaush, dug out and doubled the size of my garden, and put in a strawberry patch, a boysenberry patch and a pea crop. I planted all those seedlings out a few days ago, waited on the tomatos because of an upcoming cold spell100_1996.JPG
The next huge project I'm putting in a vineyard.Now I've got 40 grape seedlings starting on heat mats plus the 10 that already leafed.
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These are seven different strains of Muscat grapes. Folks might remember these grapes from the store from when we were kids. They were great big round golden green grapes that smelled like flowers and tasted like honey. Then all the grapes had to be seedless because people became too lazy to spit out seeds. So now all the grapes at the store are seedless and basically all taste the same.

So I searched the internet for Muscat vines but there is only one company that sells them. It turns out that it is illegal to import grape vines into Oregon because of the hoity toity wine industry. But I found a guy in Oregon who raises 200 kinds of grapes in his dad's vineyard and he sells cuttings and mails them to you. bunchgrapes.com

Putting in a 50 plant vineyard is a pretty big project for a ole lady but I have Factor D (determination)
 
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Got the potatoes in the ground and the broccoli planted. The garden is close to half planted, but doesn't show it yet.

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Must be nice, we still have 12" on the ground yet. Looks like we are going to have a short growing season this year. There is another snow storm coming for this weekend, and we may get one to three inches; I hope not.
 
Nice potato field :)

Hail was falling yesterday and I ran out and put the caps back on the strawberry crowns. Good thing I had not set out the tomatos. We went to the county beekeeper meeting last night. The lingering cold weather on the entire west coast has been a problem. Virgin queen bees can't fly out and get bred.

We also learned about the male drone bees. Theres 100s and 100s of 'em in a hive when it only takes one. They spin not, weither do they sow. They don't work guarding the hive, pollen gathering, honey making, brood tending or anything. They just sit around in the hive and eat. Not only that, every sunny day all the males fly out and spend the day lounging in the sun at a'staging area' such as a warm rock. By the fall the worker bee females have had enough and they sting them all to death to reserve food for the winter. Drones have no stingers.
 
While I'm ready for the garden and the rest of farming, today is the first day that I looked at the lawn and thought "**** I need to mow soon."

Some garden seeds are started. Without a greenhouse we usually plant middle of May, but cold tolerant stuff will go in soon. Hopefully I can keep the deer out of it this year.
 

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