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Garden Book Review: Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide

The Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide: Planning Calendar for Year-Round Organic Gardening, Second Edition, is one of my favorite gardening books. The book is created by the non-profit Seattle Tilth gardening experts. The book provides very practical advice and a lot of inspiration. My favorite parts of the book are…

Automation: Greenhouse Temperature Email Updates

After I created a temperature logger for my garden room (which would work well for a greenhouse also), I usually checked the temperature on my phone before I got out of bed in the morning…

Snow and Vegetable Gardening in a Temperate Climate

We had snow in the Seattle area! We get snow here during the winter some years. Generally it is about an inch and our city can’t handle it well. We have had an unusual amount this winter (a whole week). Last week I woke up to the power out and 7 inches of snow on our deck. We typically don’t get that much snow. Eeek, I was worried about my poor garden. I will share the improvements I will make and the successes I had in handling the snow…

January: Garden Goals Update

Overall, I made good progress on my January goals…

2017 Garden Goals

I know it is already February, but I have had these goals in mind since the beginning of the year and wrote most of them down a while ago. I plan to track these along the way and provide updates…

Gardening, Temperature Logging, and a Raspberry Pi

The reason I wanted a Raspberry Pi initially was to log temperature. My small garden room has such varying temperatures that my heat mat thermostat can’t keep my seedling warming mat at a stable temperature. In the evenings the temperatures get low and when the sun is shining it is very warm. I needed to get a handle on what the temperature is in the room so that I can stabilize it…

Planting Seeds Indoors – The First Seeds of 2017

Last Saturday was an exciting day! I could plant my first seeds of 2017! I started my onion seeds. I haven’t had a lot of success with onion seeds before. I hope this time…

Making Seedling Soil Fertilizer

The last time I made my own seedling soil, my seeds did not grow very well. The only success I have had is using a Burpee peat pod kit with the included liquid fertilizer. I know I did something wrong when I made my own soil, but I don’t know what. This time I did a soil test. My results were surprising…

Automating Gardening with a Raspberry Pi

I want to use sensors to automate some of my gardening work. There are a lot of items available for purchase that can be used for gardening automation. I want to be frugal with my automation and putting together a Raspberry Pi seems fun…

Our Red Wigglers

When I was a kid, I had the benefit of going to a science camp. One of the fun projects I clearly remember from that camp was a red wiggler compost project. We took a 2 liter soda bottle and cut off the top to use as a lid. We put in some dirt with some red wiggler worms and added our apple cores and lettuce scraps. Over time, the worms turn the food into a nice and healthy compost…

Making Seedling Soil

Yesterday I moved the compost into the garage so it could melt enough that and I could make some seedling soil today. I am preparing to plant onion seeds next weekend.

My soil mix…

Beginning the Gardening

I intend to garden organically, frugally and as self-sufficiently as possible. I am working to reduce my gardening costs as I go. I plan to automate some of the gardening work. Not everything can be automated, but I like to be able to go on vacation or take a break. I have a little experience in gardening, but not a lot. Through this blog, I plan to share my successes and failures in hope to inspire and help others. I hope to learn from others and create a community of fellow gardeners.

I live in…

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