Blueberries, Greens & Working Remotely

Transplanted a couple blueberry bushes after years in a parking strip and they finally bore more than a handful of berries. Potatoes are still my favorite crop to plant (less finicky if they're not watered), but salad greens are definitely a delight to harvest daily. When the weather cooperates and I need to do a deep watering for new shrubs, there's nothing like working on my computer at the picnic table in the backyard.

Posted on August 17, 2017 .

Mushroom, Weeds & Buds

On the east coast winter has been brutal: ice, snow, and tornados. Here in the west we've had a mild winter. The buds are coming out on the trees, and the mushrooms are mingling with the weeds. I'll take the weeds.

Posted on February 17, 2016 .

Fall Bounty

Never knew we'd have so much with potatoes. Between potato salad and Jeff's french fries we couldn't get enough organic: red, Yukon, and Huckleberry. Next year we'll plant more. 

Lesson learned. The potatoes overpower anything around it. Plant the scallions, leeks, and chives far away.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Hawthorne Boulevard used to be Asylum Avenue

Mary Phelps Montgomery moved to Portland from Missouri in her 20s with her husband James. Jeff and I moved here in our 20s from Wisconsin. She came west on the first stage coach. Jeff and I came west with a U-Haul. She built the Phelps-Montgomery house in 1907 before the Hawthorne Bridge was completed in 1910.

In the late 1800s, the Oregon Hospital for the Insane was down between 9th and 12th on then Asylum Boulevard, later changed to Hawthorne after Dr. Hawthorne who ran the hospital. Eventually everyone was moved to the Oregon State Hospital, where Ken Kesey's One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed in 1975. 

For more info on Hawthorne:

Posted on July 14, 2015 .

First Veggies of the Summer

I must admit, I enjoyed digging in the dirt to plant the seeds, and enjoying our first salad of micro-geens was amazing, but nothing compared to the first potato! 

Our beets, kale, and chard survived, but we were hit with the white blight on the leaves and needed to trim them aggressively back.

Posted on June 20, 2015 .