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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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Rad Radishes

Kristina and I have discovered last week that many of our radishes–planted earlier this spring–have reached maturity.  So, we asked, what is the best thing to do with radishes?  Pickle them, we decided.  So, after harvesting, washing, and preparing a pickling brine, we mixed all the ingredients together and put them in the fridge.  In a few days we will be able to enjoy them, but for now they are pickling.  Keep checking in for updates, because we are planning on pickling a lot more as the summer goes on.ImageImage

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peace and love,

Passage and Kristina

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Greenhouse progress

We are in the midst of assisting in the planning and building of two greenhouses for the Lewis & Clark gardens, which are to be built once the school year starts. Today we took a trip with Amy Dvorak (Sustainability Manager) and Lucy (Greenhouse Extraordinaire) to the Habitat for Humanity Restore in the SE and the ReBuilding Center on Mississippi. Both places had a wealth of reclaimed, usable materials that will hopefully soon be a part of greenhouse project.  For the greenhouse, we hope to create a reclaimed, sustainable structure with such attributes as a rain barrel for capturing gutter runoff, sliding doors to maximize space, shelves from reclaimed materials, and as many windows as possible for heat retention (and alternatively, ventilation).  Keep posted for updates and photos of the process!  Have a peaceful, joyful afternoon.

 

Passage and Kristina

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Hops are hopping

On sunday we expanded our pre-existing hops trellis with the help of two friends, Lucy and Kevin. Now the hops can grow freely and soon will be providing us with delicious beer. Kevin is one of the leaders of the Zymurgy Club on campus, which will use the hops to create homemade, local brews. Here are some photos of the building process. ImageThe trellis before the makeover

 

ImageThe workers. Passage is the one touching her butt.

 

ImageFinished! It might be the tallest structure on campus…

Keep posted for more updates on our hops adventures.

 

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Walnuts?

We discovered what we thought was a weed the other day–however, we were surprised to discover that in fact, it seems to be a sprouted walnut.  We transplanted it to the South Campus Garden, where we’re not so sure it will survive.  However, does anyone in the blogosphere know about how to care for young walnut pants?  If so, leave us a comment!  Below is a picture, before we put it in the ground.

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Planting progress

We planted a gazillion different vegetables in the South Campus garden today. Soon we will be eating Walla Walla sweet onions, spinach, sweet corn, pumpkins, kale, chard, and wildflowers (but we won’t be eating those). We are keeping track of which seeds are heirloom so we can harvest the seeds in the fall. 

This morning we were pleasantly surprised by the yield of strawberries that ripened over the weekend. They are small and sweet. ImageHere’s a strawberry seconds before Kristina ate it. Feast your eyes.

It’s gonna be a great week for gardening in Portland! May you and your plants have good fortune this week.

 

~Passage and Kristina

 

 

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Meet the gardens

We realized we hadn’t posted photos of our entire gardens yet. So, here they are. ImageThis is the David Rosengarden. It is the undergrad campus garden and the smaller of the two. It is pretty well tamed and thriving at the moment.

ImageThis is the South Campus garden. This photo was taken in the middle of last week. It was almost entirely weeds before that. We have been working a lot on this garden and will post updated photos soon.

 

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We are going to blog about plants.

Once upon a time Passage and Kristina were hired by Gabe to spend the summer planting plants and growing food in the Lewis & Clark Community Gardens.  With little experience but much ambition, we are about to undertake a summer of flora, fauna, unreliable weather, and eventually some great food.  Wouldn’t you like to join us?

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