Garden Tips

Please enjoy my garden photos and stories.                                          
(To smell the flowers and enjoy our vegetables                                       
you'll have to visit the ranch.)                                                                  

Big Garden
Shade Garden

Big Garden roses

Garden shot of 2012

This photo is in the February 2013 issue of Sunset Magazine.  Check it out. 

Big Garden paths

Rock Garden

Herb Garden

Fern Garden

2016 Garden

How to Prune your roses:

February 2016

Rose before pruning

 The theory is to prune your roses right after 
 President's Day.  Cut away all but 4 - 6 stems.  Leave them about 8" tall.  

Same rose after pruning to about 8 inches high
Last summer (2015)

Rose Garden around patio before pruning and weeding

Rose Garden around patio after pruning and weeding

Store the coffee grounds
add the coffee grounds to the mulch bin
You can also find coffee grounds at any Starbuck's, FREE
2015 Garden

The Garden has matured in four years.


Rock Garden

Hood Strawberries with asparagus coming
in the next raised bed.

Garlic & Oreganum

Ever bearing Strawberries, Walla Walla Sweet onions, Garlic & Brussels sprouts
Zucchini, crookneck squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, & corn


The Zucchini, crookneck, butternut squash, pumpkin and corn.

The strawberries & asparagus producing for 2016 (notice the color of the grass,
it's been a HOT summer.)

Some of the Harvest:

Brussels sprouts

First Hibiscus bloom

Butternut squash ripe in August.  Amazing!
Indigo Rose Tomatoes
September, chilly nights

Garlic, Red onions, Shallots, Walla Walla Sweet onions

How to winterize your Garden:

Winterize your tomato garden:

After tomatoes are taken out, weed area

Take cover off mulch

Load mulch/compost soil into wheelbarrow

Dig two trenches (if enough room) in your tomato garden

I dig east/west one year and north/south the next year.

Dump mulch/compost into trench #1, put Fall leaves on top (see below) then fill with soil taken out.

Repeat process for trench #2   

Put fall leaves on top of mulch/compost, then fill with soil taken out.

Cover with soil taken out for trenches

Put compost container back and start filling for next year

Note: I put my compost bin on a pallet covered with plywood so mice and rats do not dig into the compost from the bottom.

Ranch Bird House:

A birdhouse at Wilco for $70.  I thought, "I could make one of those for $10."

Lumber was free from my neighbor but it was too narrow so I glued
it together and nailed a backing to the two pieces.

Birdhouse completed.  Now to build a platform for the pole.



And now the tenants are occupying their new home.  Mom at the doorway and dad outside.  

Close up 

2013 Garden Photos

Scout in her paddock

Boo in the Herb Garden

Horses in the Garden


War Horse

Blueberry patch did not work in the grass

Grass around blueberries was too hard to manage

So I dug it up...

...and put in a gravel path plus wood chips around the blueberries

The blueberries are ripe

Sundial: New to the garden
Red Lucifer in full bloom - July


Hood Strawberries in June

Turned in to Freezer Jam

Walla Walla Sweets, Purple Onion, Lettuce, Red & Golden Beet, Leek

Fresh Peas for dinner

May 22nd harvest

Lupine in May

Guardian of the Garden Gate

Raised beds are planted by May 15

Walla Walla sweets

More on: How to winterize your garden:

Add leaves

Weed the raised bed and turn the soil
Add newspaper to keep the soil warm


Add 4-way soil (Clackamas Landscape Supply has it - sand,
garden compost, cow manure, and soil)

December 30, 2012.  Completly winterized

Garden of 2012:



Don't you just love the fall harvest


"Strike it Rich"  A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
The Hibiscus

The upper garden

At last, Tomatoes (Late July)

Morning harvest (August 24, 2012)

Potting Bench

Spider in the Herb Garden

My first Walla Walla Sweet Onion for 2012
plus more peas and Swiss Chard:
July 10, 2012

Today's harvest! (June 30, 2012)  Can't wait until the good weather sets in.

June 28, 2012:  The vegetables are coming, the vegetables are coming!

Morning harvest
Walla Walla Sweets, Carrots, Broccoli, Corn



Top of the Garden


Potatoes in gunny sacks

Dill, Parsley, Beans, Leeks,

 Putting the garden in, 2012:

Spring 2012


New paths below the patio, Winter 2012
There needs to be a Potting Bench in the Garden

New grass is coming
First dig up the old dirt and put in top soil
Then roll, seed, water...

and voilá!

Writer's night out at the ranch
August 20, 2011

Before and After shots:                                                                                                                  


The Last Rose of Summer
and some of our final harvest for 2011.  It was a good year.



One comment for "Garden Bounty."

Lynn said....

Wonderful bounty! Good to eat what one grows. Tastes so much better than what's grown commercially. Enjoy!



1 comment:

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    Harry Diavatis