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Let’s Do This Again Next Year!

Now that we’re in mid-September, the little veggie garden I started is finally kicking out lots o veggies! Check it out. This is what I picked this past weekend. Still plenty on the way.

 

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Veggie Garden Update

Here’s an update on my veggie garden. As you may know, this is my first attempt to grow veggies, so I am probably making every mistake in the book, but that’s how one learns, right? That and many YouTube videos. In my case, I usually have to make mistakes twice before I get it, so who knows what next year’s garden will look like.

Here’s a tally of what I did and what I got:

  • Peas – Purchased starts from Flower World in Maltby. They were labled “sugar or snap” peas, so I’m not really sure what I got. They did quite well and were the first things ready. They’re all done now and I pulled them.
  • Lettuce – Also from Flower World. Butter Crunch grew quite tall. Great Lakes Head not so much. Both varieties were somewhat bitter so I am going to go with Romaine next year.
  • Pole Beans – Also from Flower World and transplanted on the same day. It’s early September and I finally have beans!! Picked my first handful a couple of days ago. Not many beans on such a large plant, but perhaps it is too dense?

  • Tomatoes – Purchased Brandywine starts from Molbaks. as well as Green Zebra and Yellow Pear starts from the local PCC. I finally have three ripe Yellow Pear tomatoes. I am still waiting for everything else.

  • Cucumbers – Purchased starts from PCC. They have gotten quite huge but have yet to turn green. A few have turned gold and I finally picked one yesterday. They taste pretty good but are still a bit underripe.

  • Carrots and Beets – Both planted from seed. These have grown very slowly and I lost most of them. Perhaps it’s the soil. Or maybe when in full sun they got too hot?

  • Zucchini – Planted from seed. I planted these pretty late; the plants are steadily growing but have yet to flower.

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Oh What’s Happening to My Veggie Garden?

I tried vegetable gardening for the first time. It took some considerable time during April and May to build the raised beds, given that I don’t like operating power tools in the rain, but they were finally finished and I put in some pea, bean, and lettuce starts in late May, followed by three varieties of tomato starts in June, some cucumber starts. And to finish it off, I sowed a row of carrot and another row beet seeds.

The good news: I got peas!! I got quite a bit of butter crunch lettuce!! I got lots of green foliage in my garden!!

The not so good news: I have yet to see a single tomato or bean emerge from their flowers. In fact, the flowers on the bean plants just fall off and nothing seems to develop. I did what I could do to help the tomatoes self-pollinate, but no luck so far. And the peas have stopped putting out. Most of the carrot plants have shriveled up and died, and now there is some sort of mold happening in the dirt next to the row of carrots.

Yes, in case you were wondering: Other than a string of sunny days following July 4th, it has been mostly cloudy and rainy here in the northwest. I would write this off as a weather thing, but I know plenty of people who have gardens that are thriving.

So, any ideas?

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Do You Get My Newsletter?

I have my fingers in so many pies, (is that the correct metaphor?), I wonder if some of my blog readers know about the monthly newsletter I send out. So here is the one I sent out just this morning. I hope you enjoy. And if you’re interested in receiving it on a monthly basis, just sign up on the little box on the right sidebar.

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July 2012

Dear friends and family, welcome to the
July edition of my newsletter!

  1. Happy Summer!
  2. Gigs Just Around The Corner
  3. A Glass of Summer is Almost Ready
  4. This Month’s Request

Happy Summer!

Well, summer is finally here. I offer my heartfelt sympathies for those of you in the eastern two-thirds of the country experiencing oppressive heat. Here in the Pacific Northwest, always bucking the trend, the rain is finally expected to go away on July 4, which people around here joke as the official start of summer. It’s definitely going to be true this year. We are looking forward catching up on some outdoor projects, such as lot’s of weeding. (Arghh!)

Did you know that I started a vegetable garden this spring? And I am starting to see some peas. I have never done this before and I feel like a proud papa! Yard work is therapeutic for me, and the veggie garden even more so. My 88-year old dad has been having some health issues, so I have been taking a ferry over to Poulsbo every other night to help my parents out. That and working on finishing up the new CD. You can see why a little gardening therapy is in order!

How about you? Please write back about some of your summer projects.

Gigs Right Around the Corner

This Saturday, July 7, Davenport Cellars 3rd Anniversary Party from 1 to 5 PM. Davenport Cellars is a boutique winery located in the Woodinville “Warehouse Wines District”. The owners, Jeff and Sheila Jirka make great wine and they’re great people, so it will be a pleasure to provide some live music for their celebration. Here’s a recent blog post about them from my blog: http://wp.me/pLGgQ-wM And here is a link to a map: http://goo.gl/maps/8I5z.

Next up, Scott Burnett and I have been asked back to Match Coffee & Wine in Duvall the following Friday July 13 from 7:30 to 10:00. We had great fun last time and had plenty of friends hang out for wine, beer, food, and catching up, so come on out to Du-vall! Here’s a link with directions.

And once again, I will be joining vocalist Hayley Blackwell-Olsby with the Dan Sales Showcase at Grazies Ristorante in Bothell. They have great Italian food and excellent taste in live music, I must say. The date is Saturday, July 21st, the time is 7 PMHere’s a link to the restaurant.

A Glass of Summer Is Almost Ready

Like the nice weather here in the Northwest, the project Scott Burnett and I have been working on is taking longer than we’d like. But hey, life happens. We’re almost there. Four songs have been mixed and three more to go. And check out the CD cover Scott has been painting. It’s still a work in progress, but I think it looks fantastic already. Don’t you? I’ll let you know first thing when we have the new CDs in our hands.

And if you haven’t had a chance to check out the song “Festivale” from the upcoming CD, here is a link below. (Yeah, I feel a little lame for not having a new song posted, but it’s been a hectic month.) Just click on the picture below and you’ll be taken to the Soundcloud site where you can listen to the song.


Click here for Festivale!

The Monthly Ask:
Write Me Back!

So here’s this month’s one thing:
Write me back! That’s it. Let me know what you’re up to, what you have planned for the summer, what your favorite Olympic sport, or whatever. I’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!!

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