Green Tomatoes Forever?

It’s a given that growing tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest is tough, due to late summers, long rainy days, and weak sunlight.  We planted tomatoes in early May, and by now most of the plants have fruited, yet all are still green.  Every other part of the world seems to be harvesting tomatoes except for us. Does anyone in the blogosphere have experience growing tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest?  If so, it would be great if you could comment and help us out.Image

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Sunflower Monday

Wow! It has been a while since we have posted…sorry about that. A lot of things have been happening in the garden over the past two weeks. We started a mini CSA-type operation and send emails to interested folks on campus about what is available for harvest each week. If you want to be added to this list, leave us a comment! We also have made copious amounts of pickles, dried plums, kale chips, zucchini muffins, mint tea and pasta sauce. Here is a lovely photo that we took yesterday of one of our sunflowers.

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Beautiful Beets

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Passage’s mad photography skills have provided us with this beautiful example of some of the beets we grew.  Pictured above are striped Chioggia beets (grown from starts) and Golden Beets (grown from seeds).  They are the first of the season, and we hope to have many more to follow.  These were boiled to perfection and enjoyed while writing this post.

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We are famous now

Lewis & Clark’s student-run Environmental Studies journal, Living Mosaic, decided to showcase Kristina and me in a video this past week. They are expanding the reach of Living Mosaic this year, incorporating multimedia projects and even working on a blog. It is pretty impressive.

If you do decide to watch the video you’ll learn all sorts of interesting (?) things about our garden. As neither of us have any experience as film stars, we of course look quite confused and silly. No judging, please.

Thanks to Laura Houlberg and McKenzie Southworth, editors of Living Mosaic.

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July 16, 2013 · 9:18 pm

An Overload of Food–What do we do??

Our plants are beginning to provide us with so many veggies that we don’t know what to do with them.  We have so many rows of leafy greens, including kale, chard, mustard greens and lettuce; squash and zucchini; yellow wax beans, potatoes and endless herbs.   We have decided to try creating our own small CSA in the Lewis & Clark Community, with emphasis on providing free food to the students, staff and faculty.  If you are interested, comment, or look for the sign-up sheet around campus.  Also, feel free to visit us in the garden any time!  We are looking forward to giving away some of our delectable delights.  

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What we watch during our breaks

This video keeps us going during the day and makes Kristina cry sometimes.

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Mom in the garden!

Mom in the garden!

Last Friday my mom helped us in the garden! It was so nice to have an extra pair of hands and we had a lot of fun working with her. We made quite a bit of progress weeding and laying down copious amounts of bark chips. Thanks mom!

Stay tuned next week for “Dad in the garden!”, featuring Passage’s Dad.

~Kristina

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July 3, 2013 · 8:58 pm