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

Big Garden paths

Rock Garden

Herb Garden

Fern 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

2013 Garden Photos

Scout in her paddock

Boo in the Herb Garden

Horses in the Garden


War Horse


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

Potting bench
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

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,

 Winter work, 2012:

Spring 2012


New paths below the patio, Winter 2012


New grass is coming
First dig up the old dirt
Then roll, lay the top soil, 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