Thursday, February 20, 2014

Seeing Green

A few days after starting my seeds, I am seeing Green!!!

The Lettuce has sprouted and is getting me excited for Spring!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Rubber to Road: Starting up those starts!

We have talked about it.
We have budgeted for it
This is the year we will have a kick ass garden.  Step One: From seeds to seedlings.

The Seedling vs starts  debate has been settled and here I present you with grow station.  Here is what you will need for your own starts station:

Total Cost: $125

We were able to find the lights and bulbs at our local Habitat for Humanity store here in Richland.  I recommend one cool and one warm spectrum bulb per light.  I do not spend the money on the garden grow lights as these have seen me through thus far.

Why start our own?  I love to see the first germination, the first leaf unfold and see as our jungle of a garden grows and grows.  I love to pick exactly which variety I want to grow and have lots of options.  I love tending to an indoor garden when the February cold hits.  And finally, we are looking forward to staggering our plant dates a few weeks to hopefully encourage a long and plentiful harvest.

I cant wait to see the first little guy push through the soil!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snow days in Wine Country

The rest of the country has been buried snow for the past forever (seriously... we get it midwesterners, -40 degrees sucks) but we here in Washington have just now decided to jump on the winter train!  And it is beautiful!

Snow fall in the vineyard made everything feel quiet and peaceful.

 Pruning is in full swing.  Each bud will produce 1-3 clusters per vine.  Each one of those bad boys is important for the perfect end product, that delicious glass of wine.

 The haircut looks good on 'em!

And the snow shows all the footprint from deer and coyotes.  Cheers from wine country!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The beginning of a Garden

Ever have that dream of getting home from work and going to the garden (with a cold beer) to harvest what you will cook for dinner?

 I have that dream.

The Gasparotti's Garden Haul
We are friends with an awesome couple in Walla Walla whom have inspired us.  Almost all of what they eat comes from their garden. They can, They pickle, They are basically AWESOME.  So awesome, in fact, that after opening their home to us, guiding us around that awesome town, cooking dinner from their garden and hanging out in the rain under cover, we got to wake up the next day, join them in the garden and pick enough veggies to fill two grocery bags home.  Like I said, AWESOME!!!

And this year, we are attempting to get on their level.

With hopes of more time outdoors, less time in front of the tube and a healthier "dirt to table" relationship with our food, the hubs and I are diving in!  The to-do list is long but the reward will be great!

2013 was a good start but there is lots of work to be done and am looking forward to see our garden grow in 2014!