Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Now what

Do soil tests. Review soil tests
to see what is needed for April
fertilizer applications.
Wet, dry, cold, warm-ish.
Hard to get all of those leaves
raked up or mulched. Paint young
fruit tree bark with white
exterior paint to protect from
winter freezing-bark splitting.

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Pages

I have this Blog for those who
do not like Faceboook for
getting information, and I
changed from Facebook GROUPS
to two new Facebook PAGES
for added options. If wanted
I can send you an invitation.
I will continue to post here.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Near December

Rain off and on this week.
December will be soon upon us.
Prune raspberries, start tree
fruit pruning when leaves drop.

Friday, November 25, 2011

End of November

A few good days to work outside
and OCCUPY the garden or yard.
Probably not quite dry enough to
rake or mulch leaves (put that
on the to do list.) Cover (mulch)
the root crops to keep them from
freezing. Put potted plants next
to each other for added warmth
(by December 10th) or place
near the house (up to 5 degrees
warmer near house

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Another Thanksgiving is upon us.
Time to gather with friends and family.
We have much to be thankful for.
Many gardens are sill producing.
Time to vie the bounties of the
year in our pantries.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter wonderland

We live in a marvelous part
of the US and world. Freedoms
galore; opportunities a bound;
I am truly amazed at how much food
we can actually produce in our back
yards and I am really appreciative
of how much high quality and quantity
of food is produced in the three
county area. Data shows that we can
actually produce ENOUGH food to feed
the people of Lane County. Where
else in the world can this be done!!
OCCUPY local backyards and farms -

Monday, November 21, 2011

:) :) :) :)

Another good day. Some sunshine
around the area. It was near a
window and it was SOOOO nice and
warm until I walked outside.
Prepare to OCCUPY the Thanksgiving
Day events with family and friends,
or help out at a place helping
the needy.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Great weekends

A bit of sunshine.
Get your last few hours
of sun and tan for 2011!
Get some gardening in.
"OCCUPY" the farm and lawn
for a few hours this weekend.
Look and see what you may have
for Thanksgiving still in the
garden: potatoes, chard,
squash, celery, sage, a few
apples, beets, carrots. What
else do people have?

Friday, November 18, 2011


Let's enjoy the rain.
Season ending.
A few apples available.
Hazelnut crop - moderate crop
(better than expected.)
Most farmers stands closing
or soon will.
Some cole crops available.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winter is here

But we can still grow some cole crops and peas.
They haven't frozen out yet.
Carrots and beets are doing well.
Lots of pretty leaves to rake or
mulch if it dries out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Time to OCCUPY a nice easy chair, in
front of a nice fire and order the
seed catalogs for 2012. Take your garden
journal and finish the notes from this
year so you are ready for next year.
OCCUPY the garden, my peas are doing
great; remove the dead warm season plants
- tomatoes, peppers, squash. Finish picking
and drying the squash for storage.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Next week

Not bad weather for the past
few days for having rain forecast.
Best forecast - look out the window.
It is nice to slow down a bit.
Catch up on things to do INSIDE.
Almost time to start thinning about
seeds for 2012.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Rake or mow the leaves.
Mow the lawn one more time.
Volunteer at Grass Roots Garden, Eugene.
Sign up for Mg day time or evening
for a great learning experience.
Sustainable landscaping class,
composting and more - go to:

Finish outdoor activities.
Clean and put away tools.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Time to mow the grass again.
Cole crops still growing well.
New pea crop 20 inches tall.
For those who have always wanted
to take the Master Gardener class but
worked, we are holding a Master
Gardener@Night class. Go to our
website for more info:
-or call 541 344-5859.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Another great sunny, cloudy, oh, now wet day.
Hazelnut harvest slowing down - near the end.
Apples - nearing the end. If you want fresh
produce, check on local farmers markets or
local farm stands.
Hunker down get out a good book and enjoy
the day and evening.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Two inches in Springfield in the
last week. Hum.
Weather prediction in the paper -
just like the last two winters, cold
and wet. All of my red delicious -
on the ground. Guess it was time to
pick. The ones on the ground --oh so
good and water cored)juiced
concentrated around the core of the
apple.) They are perfect for making
cider. Cover up equipment, the wood
pile and looks like the leaves WON'T
get mowed and mulched this weekend.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Here is short video on how to really
OCCUPY. Also there are a lot (over 64)
of good gardening videos and hints
on this site.
Occupy Your Garden & Local Farms
Change The World
Extension Service at KEZI Garden

In the Garden: Occupy Your Garden
& Local Farms

EUGENE, Ore. -- Save your garden,
save the world? It sounds like a
strange concept, but Master Gardener
Ross Penhallegon shows us how growing
our own food or buying locally can
help more than just your pocketbook.

Video 1:13

OCCUPY Farms and Gardens

Growing season nearing an end.
Hazelnut and walnut harvest -
A few fall apples.
Squash and a few protected
tomato plants.
Cole crops doing very well
even in the cold weather.
New pea crop 18 inches tall.
New mantra - OCCUPY Gardens
and Farms --provide more food!
With food prices going up, be glad
we know how to grow and HAVE been
growing our own food for the last
few years. Each month put a little
away for a rainy - (crappy economy)
day. We have been warned, are we

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Warm and windy

Winter weather upon us.
Snow at 2500 feet, snow in
the Sisters foothills.
Hazelnut harvest still
going in. Some late apples,
walnuts. Some replanting
lettuce and mustard - way to
go. My peas are 16 inches
tall. Cherry tomatoes -
doing very well :) Note to
self: Wow, food in the grocery
store is expensive.