Sunday, June 20, 2010


As I said, we got everything but the (most of) cucumbers and cantaloupe in last week.  It did not rain much.  We work in Pendleton, where it seems to have rained plenty, but the peppers indicated they had not had enough moisture.
Friday was a busy day of getting the internet fixed (finally), dealing with life outside the farm, harvesting stuff, and watering plants by hand that looked like they had about 5 minutes to live.  The latter took a good hour I wasn't planning on spending doing that.  The good news is that I noticed the corn was coming up--hurrah!
Saturday we went off to market for a sunny but windy day.  We teamed with The Plantworks from Cove and sold their native plants (sage, lupine, buckwheat, giant wildrye, spirea, mountain ash, Rocky Mountain juniper, ponderosa pine, and golden currant).  Of our own stuff, we had all the pepper plants we didn't plant, a few artichokes, garlic scapes, dried peppers, and leeks.  It was a pretty good day, but tough to cram it all in the truck.
Saturday afternoon, back into the garden with us.  I again tried to rescue the peppers from dehydration, despite the appearance that rain was near.  In order to ensure it would rain, we laid out the irrigation system for hours, and even managed to run water to half of the peppers and the eggplant.  Shawn prepped a bed for the poor leeks, some of whom finally made it into the ground.  We planted almost the entire row before the (so we thought) pouring rain arrived.  We zipped up to the house in time to see it really start pouring.  It rained a lot.
Sunday, more rain.  We had an unusual (for June) lazy morning of reading, surfing the net, and watching the World Cup.  Luckily, I finished the book and motivated to go outside to check the birdhouses, a chore which didn't get done last week.  Things are kind of grim up there--apparently several swallows have abandoned their eggs and nests, presumably because it's just too cold/wet to feed the young.  Apparently, though, they can leave and come back and start incubating even after 14 days, so there's hope.  The bluebirds are sticking it out, though, and have four young, which look to be about 8 or 9 days old.  The chickadee chicks are fully feathered and seem almost ready to go.
OK, then I got back to work, went down and photographed some things in the garden and planted the armenian, lemon, pickling, and Orient Express cucumbers.  Shawn had planted the Marketmore sometime back, and they are germinating.  I can't frankly remember what the Orient Express is now.  It's supposed to rain like crazy tonight (flood warnings) and then warm up, so should be perfect conditions.

Last week's stand at the market.

Potatoes last week--they're much bigger this week!

Biggest tomato so far--Aunt Ruby's German Green.  Planting the peppers.

The baby chickadees.

The peas are blooming!

Beans just emerging.

One row of leeks.  Shawn plants them widely, I plant them narrowly.

Winter squash.

Mmmmm, corn.

I'll see if I can remember to do weekly overviews.  Let's hope the sun's out for the next one!


  1. Yeah!!! Summer is here! HOpe the sun get's your goodies growin'...

    So good to see a tomato! Even green:)

  2. I have had one nestbox of chickadees fledge last week and another nestbox with 7 nestlings that look about the size of yours. I am monitoring 80 nestboxes this season and the swallows and bluebirds are having a difficult time due to cold, wet spring/summer. They are about 2 weeks later and are still struggling. Had one nestbox of bluebirds finally fledged last week. Your garden is looking okay as can be expected due to the weird weather patterns. This week is looking more promising as we have had several days with the temperatures in the 80's. Rene' Devin

  3. I thought this would tell me when there were comments! I just noticed them today.
    Rene', glad to hear it's not just my birds. I'm assuming yours are doing much better this week also. We're up to 25ish boxes (some don't have numbers and the ones in the yard I haven't been counting). I think we've got 11 swallows, one bluebird, the chickadees, and four wrens. Then there are at least two swallow nests that got yanked out the door of their house. Hope you have fun at the family reunion!