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Happy Father’s Day

Apart from ‘right plant, right place’ a gardener in the Whatcom Falls neighborhood offered me the sage advice ‘don’t baby it.’ Now I find myself repeating the phrase.  I gave the heirloom tomatoes I started from Territorial seed a 10% survival rating.  A bail of soil conditioner and an application of bone meal later  (channeling Grandpa) – look at my damn tomatoes! 
Tomato trellis a la Steve Solomon

Tomato trellis a la Steve Solomon

This training method comes from Steve Solomon’s Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades.  I bought this at Village Books with my used book credit.  (Village takes used books?!  Where have I been the last 9 years, this is the best deal ever!).  I bought this along with another biblical garden text, Eliot Coleman’s The New Organic Grower.  Steve Solomon started Territorial Seed Co and resides in Oregon – a great reason to buy Territorial.  Solomon can recommend seed varieties for our region – Sunset Region 4: Cold-Winter Areas of the North Coast and Mild-Winter Areas of Alaska and British Columbia. 

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april showers can be overrated

Is it here yet?  With each sunny day and budding branch on my young dogwoods and maples the inevitable is coming.  Spring seems to be shaking the frost from Bellingham.  This has been an unusually cold winter.  We are all ready for the big thaw. 

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mary, mary, quite contrary

Eager to greet the spring season at the door, Jill and I made our way to the 21st Fairhaven Neighbors Plant and Tree Sale.  This annual event brings together local growers and nurseries offering a bounty of native plants, ornamentals, and fruit trees to benefit Fairhaven Neighbors and the Coalition for Local Self Reliance.   I got several varieties of ferns, interesting shady ground cover, and a half dozen strawberry plants. Jill honed in on several Lady’s Mantle starts, her favorite filler for bouquets, and a white flowering quince for $5!  Excellent finds supporting a great cause and worth getting soaked in the rain. 

 We filled Jill’s car with our finds, yet we were unsatisfied. 

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