Category Archives: Seeds

Winter Days

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

75 degrees in February!?!

78 degrees in February!?!

So much sunshine!

So much sunshine!

And in the same week as this weather!!

And in the same week as this weather!!

Snow Boy

Snow Boy

Not entirely sure what was going on here

Not entirely sure what was going on here

Hanging out on the roof of my garden "office"

Hanging out on the roof of my garden “office”

Cardinal

Cardinal

Woolly caterpillar

Woolly caterpillar

Presidents

Presidents

Coneflower remnants with snow

Coneflower remnants with snow

And without!

And without!

I spy jets

I spy jets

And buds on the trees

And buds on the trees

Buds from the trees

Buds from the trees

Buds

Buds

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Banana Plant; this should've been cut to the ground before winter but I'm thinking it will still grow back.

Banana Plant; this should’ve been cut to the ground before winter but I’m thinking it will still grow back.

Garlic

Garlic; needs to be separated; each of the stalks will grow a whole head of garlic if they have the space.

Rake-throwing

Rake-throwing

Sunset in the woods

Sunset in the woods

Panorama

Panorama

Moon

Moon

Moon

Moon

Valentines

Some valentines I made (and semi-heart shaped rocks collected)

Puzzle

Puzzle

Indoor gardening

Indoor gardening. Note the rose in the terra cotta pot…

Within 24 hours of being planted outside, new growth!

Within 24 hours of being planted outside, new growth!

Kohlrabi and cabbage

Kohlrabi and cabbage

Kohlrabi, cabbage, pansies, calendula, garlic and a bunch of other flowers planted here.

Kohlrabi, cabbage, pansies, calendula, garlic and a bunch of other flowers planted here.

I ordered a ton of flower seeds from Baker Creek, along with some varieties of winter squash; more on all the different varieties soon!

Two plots down (as in raked/weeded/tilled) and nine to go!

Two plots down (raked/weeded/tilled) and nine to go!

Moss

Moss

Tulips

Tulips

Front porch looking west toward the garden

Front porch looking west toward the garden

Sunset

Sunset

And a few more hawk pictures that are blurry, but still kind of cool:

Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk

Through the trees

Through the trees

A different kind of hawk

A different kind of hawk

There were five hawks flying and screeching overhead when I took these pictures.

Hope you all are soaking up these winter days, no matter the weather!

 

 

January in Spy Garden

Turkey tails

Turkey tails

Wood ear mushrooms on a log...that reminds me of the head of an alligator

Wood ear mushrooms on a log that reminds me of the head of an alligator; see the eye?

Golden hour, golden retriever

Golden hour, golden retriever

Golden woods

Golden woods

Dexie, nearly abducted! haha

Dexie, nearly abducted! haha

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

Dexie loves the woods

Dexie loves the woods

 

Sunset

Sunset

Happy to sled! Even if on barely an inch of snow!

Happy to sled! Even if on barely an inch of snow!

Weeeee!

Weeeee!

Weeee!

Weeee!

Walking back up the hill

Walking back up the hill

Dexie helping them to stop at the bottom haha

Dexie helping them to stop at the bottom haha

Setting off on a winter hike

Setting off on a winter hike

A two hour hike! Baby is a hiking pro!

A two hour hike! Baby is a hiking pro!

Baby's hat matches these! haha

Baby’s hat matches these! haha

Note the golden boots, hat and walking stick; coordinated accessories! hahaha

Note the golden boots, hat and walking stick; coordinated accessories! hahaha

Lovely pale gold

Lovely pale gold

Tracks

Tracks

Bunny tracks

Bunny tracks

Checking out some ice on a rock

Checking out some ice on a rock

Turkey tail mushrooms...though if I named them I would call them seashell mushrooms

Turkey tail mushrooms…though if I named them I would call them seashell mushrooms

Stopping for a snack break!

Stopping for a snack break!

One with the woods

One with the forest

A large old tree

A large old tree

Dexie getting a leaf and snow bath (naturally she rolled in some rancid thing)

Dexie enjoying a leaf and snow bath (naturally she rolled in some rancid thing)

Lightning damage is always so interesting to see!

Lightning damage is always so interesting to see! This whole tree was snapped and twisted.

Frozen ice like this is a rare sight around here; I am guessing this happened because we got all that rain a few weeks ago

Frozen ice like this is a rare sight around here; I am guessing this happened because we got all that rain a few weeks ago

Checking out the seed stash

Checking out the seed stash

Baby picking some seeds to start growing

Baby picking some seeds to start growing

Moving the garden start set-up into place

Moving the garden start set-up into place

Garden futures!

Garden futures!

This spot is not ideal for seedlings because it is right next to the heat vents so they could dry out quickly. But Babyzilla is on top of it. She planted all the seedlings and has been doing all the watering! We’ve only planted seeds we already have. I still need to place a seed order (probably will order from Baker Creek but might try another place if anyone has any good seed/plant source suggestions!)

Sketch by the Spy

Sketch by the Spy

Looks like a Gnome condo. Hahah

Looks like a Gnome condo. Hahah

This is from Baby's project at her school. It has a laminated picture of her "boat" that she made as part of a creek project. The paper is a copy of a Shel Silverstein poem

This is from Baby’s project at her school. It has a laminated picture of her “boat” that she made as part of a project her class did floating things down the Forest school creek. The paper tied to it is a copy of a Shel Silverstein poem (about a homemade boat!)

Detail of her "boat" haha

Detail of her “boat” haha

Orchid

Orchid

Hope you all are having a nice weekend!

 

Seed Starting 2015!

Baby helping to plant seeds

Baby helping to plant seeds

We’ve started peppers and eggplants (three varieties of each), Thai Red Roselle, ground cherries, red celery, blue hyssop, red cabbage and an herb called wild dagga (which we’ve grown before for ornamental value; it’s a great Halloween plant).

Also, Tarwi Q'Ollo

Also, Tarwi Q’Ollo…

(Lupinus mutabilis) The Tarwi Lupine is another one of the “lost”foods of the Incas. Originally cultivated only in the high andes, Tarwi is a plant supremely adapted to the stress of high altitudes-it can take drought, cold and wind and still be very productive. Nowadays agronomists and gardeners are taking a look at Tarwi for growing in other places other than the high mountains. In Denmark and Northern Europe it is being trialed as a new pulse crop. The beautiful white seeds are choc full of fats and proteins. Tarwi has been cultivated/domesticated for probably close to 2000 years. The seeds themselves cannot just be eaten without a little simple preparation. The seeds contain alkaloids that are bitter, fortunately they are quite easy to remove just by soaking and rinsing them over a few days period. In the past this noble crop of the Andes was known only by the poor indigenous peoples, today thanks to modern systems for rinsing large quantities of seeds it is now a “chic” food of the Urban wealthy. Our own friend john Glavis is raising Tarwi with great success on the California coast north of San Francisco. The seeds offered here are from select Peruvian strains tracked down by Joe. They need a long growing season but really like cool weather too, so the Pacific Northwest coast is a great place to try them, everyone else could just give them a shot and save any seeds produced to select them to adapt to new climates. (from the Baker Creek website)

Mud: so fun!

Mud: so fun!

I’m largely showing these pictures to prove how simple it is to start a garden. Dirt in containers of your choosing (that long clear thing is a box that a poster came in!) and a few seed packets is all you need. Then put the cups in a windowsill that gets some sun, keep them moist and in a few days you will have little plants! We’ve advanced a bit from just a windowsill and now have a wooden box that can sit atop a dresser or desk and two grow lights clip onto it.

If you look out the window you can see the deer fence and the garden living room

If you look out the window you can see the deer fence and the garden living room

Our windows are pretty drafty so the extra heat from the grow lights is important when it is still pretty cold out.

Brrr! We've had some cold days around here!

Brrr! We’ve had some cold days around here!

Nice weather for curling up to read, write...

Nice weather for curling up to read, write…

Draw...Baby is getting quite proficient at sketching...

Draw…Baby is getting quite proficient at sketching…

This one is entitled, Sharpie on Couch

This one is entitled, Sharpie on Couch ;)

Babyzilla

Babyzilla

A hill of snow beyond the trees (not quite enough for proper sledding yet! Still a few weeks of winter yet...)

A hill of snow beyond the trees (not quite enough for proper sledding yet! Still a few weeks of winter yet…)

For way more details and information about seed starting check out my glogging friend Maria at Sweet Domesticity for some Seed Starting Q & A!