Category Archives: Gardening

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A Monthly Garden Meet Up!

I am super excited to announce a fun new way to connect and grow in the garden this year – the Urban Farm Schoolhouse Monthly Meet Up!

This is an opportunity to plan and grow, side-by-side, throughout the entire growing season. I’ll be letting you in on what’s worked for me and what I’m doing in my own garden each month. It’s like a garden apprenticeship! In each session, you will be able to plan, practice, and learn about what to do in the vegetable garden each month with encouragement and “technical” support.

Topics will include:

  • Seeds – what vegetable seeds to plant that month and how to care for them
  • Soil – how to care for and build soil
  • Fertilizer – which plants to fertilize when and how
  • Tools and Structures – what structures to put in place for plants that month
  • Future Planning – gardening moves to make in order to be prepared for the coming months
  • Miscellaneous topics relevant to that month, such as seed sowing, harvesting, and seed saving

The meet ups will be on the 4th Saturday of the month, starting this month on Saturday, February 28th!

For more details and to sign up, click HERE!

I hope you’ll share this with other aspiring gardeners in your life -the more, the merrier!! Better yet, maybe you’ll decide to join me! It’s going to be so fun!

*Image by Lori Eanes

Throwback Thursday: Planting Bare Root Espaliered Fruit Trees

10846397_809348549104076_8258578801055115700_nThree years ago, in February, I planted these trees and wrote this post about it. Now, they are one of the highlights of my mini-orchard. It’s time to get bare root trees like these in the ground and lucky for us northwest gardeners, Swanson’s Nursery* has an awesome 40% off bare root edibles sale going on right now!

coneWant to see how I got these trees off to a successful start, click here to read more and watch this video tutorial:

Want to learn even more about planting bare root? Check out this helpful article!

*For the record, I am not sponsored by Swanson’s nor am I getting any kick back for sharing the Swanson Nursery love. I just can’t resist this annual sale and want to keep you in the loop! Cheers!

From Lawn to Lunch at the NW Flower and Garden Show!

1545781_660934700612129_341951778_nLast year, I spoke at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show for the first time. Eric made me the most awesome mock-up of a grassy plot of land and a raised bed and I used it to show people how to transform their lawns into bountiful edible gardens! It was both nerve-wracking and thrilling! I was so nervous before I started, but by the end of my talk, I was cracking jokes and making garden puns. And I couldn’t wait to get back up on that DIY stage again.

flower_garden_showThe 2015 Flower and Garden Show is next week and I’ll be doing this same talk again this year! It’s just too good to put to rest! In under 60 minutes, I’ll show you how to sheet mulch a grassy area, how to build a solid raised bed, and how to sow seeds and care for seedlings in a square foot garden. You’ll be growing your own lunch in no time!

Edible-gardeningI’ll be doing my talk on the opening day of the show, Wednesday, February 11th at 6:45pm on the DIY stage. The seminars are free – all you need is a ticket into the show! I hope to see you there! Click here for tickets!

Can’t make it to this seminar at the Flower and Garden Show this year? No problem! Catch this super informative class this spring at the Urban Farm Schoolhouse and get all the tips and tricks you need to get your garden growing! Click here to register!

New Garden Tool Belts for 2015!

image (3)If you garden, you know you’ve done this. You go outside to plant some seeds. You get out to your garden with the packet of seeds, but you realize there’s some weeds to pull first. You put the packet of seeds in your back pocket and go back inside to get your handy weed tool. Dammit! You forgot your gloves. You run back inside to grab them. You go back out to your garden bed, pull the weeds, and plant your seeds. Gah! The plant markers and your sharpie. You left those inside. You go back inside to get them.

belt3It doesn’t have to be that way! A garden tool belt is just the tool you need! Strap on one of these fun garden tool belts, load it up with everything you need and you’ll spend less time retrieving your tools and more time checking things off your garden to-do list outside!

I was super inspired this weekend and made a whole bunch of new garden tool belts for this year’s growing season. You can see them all on my Etsy shop! Just like the vegetables in my yard, they’re seasonal so grab them while they last!