Friday, December 30, 2011

Pre new years eve

Another rainy day.
Snow in the mountains - yeah.
3.54 inches rain in two days.
Soil still filling with water,
a lot running off because it
can't absorb quick enough.
Clean the gutters, lawns really
greening up with the rain.
Seed catalog mania!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Three days and counting

2011 is nearly gone.
Looking back it has been a good
year - over all.
Hazelnuts - medium yield but
good price.
Blueberries - huge price
and less mummyberry found.
Strawberries - short crop.
Veggies - good after July 15th,
and still going strong until
after November 15.
Tomatoes - just didn't get
going until mid September.
All cole crops did well and peas
are STILL growing. (Many plants,
shrubs and tree fruits showing
large swollen buds already.

All "bud" indications show a mild winter.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday - the day after

Whew, made it thru Christmas.
Oh so much fun with the grand
kids and family.
Four more days until we start
planning for the 2012 season,
so PARTY and vacation.
Watch the cold AM temps for
freezing water lines.
Clean house gutter of leaves,
control moss on the roof, lime
lawn to help reduce moss in
the lawn.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and happy
holidays to everyone.
Time to enjoy the holidays.
Great weather today
- wonderful.
Prepare for wet weather
for the next few days.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beautiful day

Another beautiful day.
Grass is starting to grow again :(
Control weeds - mulch with
leaves or clean straw.
Prune away. The OSU Lane County
Extension office will hold over
25 pruning classes this year
starting in January. Check
out our web site:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Weather 40 hi and 31 low -
more freezing. Finally got
the lawn leaves ALL mulched
- yeah. The front and back
yards now have nicely mulched
leaves and I didn't have to
RAKE the leaves. Peas and
broccoli still growing well.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Love winter

Great weather this week,
40 hi and 30 low.
No rain, yeah. Actually
we NEED rain, we are down
over 12 inches :(
Still waiting for a few dry
days so I can finish mulching
the lawn leaves.
Peas almost ready to
bloom....go, go, go :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Such a glorious day.
Take advantage of every day.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

8 days to Christmas

Having been gone, we are still
putting up Christmas decorations.
Dang wet weather is keeping me
from doing the final leaf
mulching. Weeds are still
growing - very well....grrrrr.
Start or continue pruning....
pruners are a great Christmas
present. ARS, Fisk or Corona.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Getting ready for the holiday season.
Time to prune.
Time to plan for 2012.
Look for gardening presents.
Time to really enjoy this time
of year, enjoy, friends and
family, and the freedoms that
we have but don't truly
appreciate. Pea and broccoli
plants still dong well :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

More cold sunny days

More cold and sunny days.
Frosty in shaded area.
Frosty weather taking
its toll on cole crops.
Finish mowing - mulching leaves.
Clean gutters.
Plan ahead for cold, electric -
less nights int he near future
with a good store of candles,
a few gallons of water and
canned food for a 2-7 days.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December wish list

Garden catalogs.
Everything mulched.
Lawn mowed.
Lots of snow in the mountains.
Fruit trees soon to be pruned
or pruned.
Blueberries ready for spring
- copper sprayed.
Worms happily in compost with
lots of food.
Everyone sitting inside,next
to warm fire....sleepy yawn!!
Fresh garden veggies in the fry pan.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Weekend stuff

Another good day and tomorrow good
weather - sunny, but cold.
Mow grass and mow or mulch leaves.
Add to base of trees and bushes,
roses and/or potted plants to
help protect from cold weather.
Continue to prune.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

More 38-25 weather for a while.
Clean up the fallen leaves. Use for
flower mulch. Mulch sensitive root
plants - roses, blueberries,
strawberries,bulbs. Prepare for
more pruning classes. Look at the
OSU Lane Co Extension web site for
all of the up coming gardening and
pruning classes:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This week

With the weather at 42hi - 32low this
week, outside work is OK. After a 4
day drive from Michigan to Springfield,
there is a wonderful country out there.
There is a beautiful land to OCCUPY,
and most of it is growing food. We
drove thru Michigan, Indiana, Iowa,
Nebraska, Wyoming,Utah, Idaho, and
Oregon. There were remnants of corn,
soybeans, wheat, potatoes, sugar
beets plus grazing cows, sheep, goats,
buffalo, antelope most everywhere.
Talk about being a country that can
TAKE OF HERSELF and us!!! Next few
days, I will see what else is going
on locally.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


2001 is waning and coming to
a close. Time to reflect on
what we have accomplished - and
successfully OCCUPIED our gardens,
our yards, the local food markets
and farm stands. We have successfully
grown food this year even after
a HARD, late start but we have
been successful at growing food
this year.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Winter ?

Enjoy the moderate weather.
Time to OCCUPY the garden
and yards. Control weeds.
Mulch winter susceptible
plants. Keep plotted plants
close to each other for added