Gardening · Homesteading

September Garden Tasks for Zones 7-8 (In The PNW)

September is a pivotal month in the gardens for me. In zones 7 and 8 in the Pacific Northwest, the heat starts to settle down by the end of August. We still get warm days, but the heat dissipates as the sun sets, leading to cooler nights. The soil is still warm though, which helps… Continue reading September Garden Tasks for Zones 7-8 (In The PNW)

Gardening · Homesteading

July On The Homestead

July was a scorcher on the island, and it was a busy month for us. We got so much done, for the prepping of this coming Fall, and as well next years garden beds. I capped the blueberry and golden raspberry beds, to ensure that the deer would not get in. Doesn't keep children out… Continue reading July On The Homestead

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The Newest Raised Bed

When we were having the issue trees removed around our property, I pulled out a few for projects. We have an odd upper lawn section that I'd guess the previous owners used for nothing, but to mow it once in a while. It is where I planted rhubarb in the spring, and put in a… Continue reading The Newest Raised Bed

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On The Farm In June

June was overall cool, with a few few warm days in the start. I am still learning how to deal with the micro-climate here on the island, and I am getting results finally. The start of June and my little garden pots barely going. The strawberry plants putzing along. My anemic looking tomato bed. Thyme… Continue reading On The Farm In June

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Dealing With Microclimates

At our old house, in Maple Valley, Wa, our grow zone was considered 8A. However, I treated it as a 7B due to late freezes in early spring. Where we live now, in Freeland, Wa, it is zone 8A. So same zone, right? Well....no. You can have it on paper that it is, but microclimate… Continue reading Dealing With Microclimates