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so i woke up this morning and it was beautiful and sunny and i opened the blinds in the bathroom to peek out into the back yard and my freshly panted bed and the whole backyard is in shadow and im like boooo but i know this.  we have a shady backyard on the east side of the house.  itll be shady till like… may probably… when the sun is finally high enough to get over the laurel hedge on the south side of the yard.

and then it hit me.  i just put in late winter seeds.  but my beds dont have any sun yet.  crap.  BUT my summer veggie bed gets some sun now and gets the MOST sun in the summer and since im not planting till like may/june in that bed theres no reason not to start arugula and peas there since they’ll be ready to harvest when the other stuff goes in (THEORETICALLY ! ).  we’ll see which bed does better.

ALSO while outside i found my favorite flowering mystery shrub is flowering again!  this guy showed up last year and i have NO idea what it is or how it got here and my across the street neighbor friend has the SAME MYSTERIOUS SUDDENLY-APPEARING SHRUB and she ALSO doesnt know what it is!  exciting!   and lovely!

i found one thing i wasnt looking for though:

slug eggs.

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maybe I’m pushing my luck but i have just put in the first seeds of 2010.  ive looked it up.  a million times in a million places; there are some things you can definitely plan in february.  look although ive lived in the pacific nw for over a decade, i am still a midwestern girl at heart and this goes against everything ive ever known so bear with me and my neuroses ok?  here we go…

we put in our initial patches of arugula and peas as well as a small patch of radish.  nobody here is a huge radish fan im just excited to be growing stuff.  i think eva is just excited to be able to bust out her “gardening hat”.

when i turned in all the green manure i planted last year (im still not sure if that was worth doing or not – the beds that i overseeded are “fluffier” than the bare beds for sure but i wonder if putting that much raw organic matter into a small space is overkill?) i could not BELIEVE the number of fat worms i have populating my beds.

im so excited !!

in another couple weeks I’ll put in another round of peas and arugula and then we’ll be getting ready for march.  next weekend we’ll get the fence up and find a place for these blueberries.

woo go garden!

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stuff i am terrible at but enjoy anyway:

  • baking
  • knitting
  • video games
  • gardening

This past weekend i decided to focus on the last one.  the weather this winter has been unseasonably warm and dry (thx el nino).  i’m wondering if that means i could probably plant some stuff earlier than usual?  im a little scared of that – everyone tells me that we’ll get another frost around march.  but still, a friend of mine who has the most phenomenal garden said she’s already put in potatoes and some other stuff… so im thinking i’ll get my plans together now and start putting things in mid to late february.

not pictured: every other book i own

so yeah that means planning.  im the kind of nerd that has to make 1000000000 lists and charts and spreadsheets and then research all kinds of stuff and stress and sweat about every single detail before i put a single seed in the ground because i don’t really understand this whole process and am somewhat terrified of it.  Last years garden gave me some confidence;  everything i planted grew and produced something with the exception of the corn, melon and winter squash (which actually did set one teeny squash, but then broke off before it could ripen). the corn and the melon just might not be appropriate for the pacific northwest.  that doesnt stop me from giving it another shot this summer tho.  i don’t know why I continue to freak out about this crap.  i mean – stuff has been growing for millions of years.  right??  the natural course of things is on my side.  theoretically.

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