Archive for March, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I’d better get my strawberries in the ground if I want to see some berries by June. I’m going to start a new bed of the TriStar variety which should bear from June until October. It is a good idea to start a new bed every three or four years. I dug in some 5-5-5 around my established plants and covered with mushroom compost.

Potato Time

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Now is the time to plant potatoes. I’m putting in a new bed this year with the versatile yellow Yukon. Good for all kinds of cooking. Dig down about a foot. Cut the tuber with eyes on each side, cure outdoors for 24 hours to dry the surface a bit, then plant about a foot apart with some fertilizer. Put a couple of inches of soil leaving a ditch. When the greens get up about six inches, you’ll add another 3 inches of dirt so you get layers of potatoes growing. You do that until the ditch is filled or mounded.

Adventures of a First Year Beekeeper

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Bainbridge Island professional landscaper and bee enthusiast Charles Shafer, CPH shares his first hand experiences in starting a honeybee colony. Charles will talk about supplies, plants that attract bees and beekeeping tips. We are pleased to offer Charles’s presentation with no class fee.

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm
Class Fee: None
Location: Bainbridge Gardens NW Greenhouse (Dress warm)

Unusual Edibles for your Landscape

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Spice up your garden and your menu with some unusual edible plants. We’ll explore flavorful, bright orange seaberries; health food store favorite gojii berries; the intriguing medlar tree; and tea camellias, which are the producers of the world’s tea leaves. Join us as we introduce fruits and other edibles available this season and show you how to incorporate them into your garden.

Saturday, March 20, 1:00 pm
Jenni McCain, CPH
Class fee $8.
Location: Bainbridge Gardens NW Greenhouse (Dress warm)

Warm Weekend Coming?

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Weatherman says its going to be warmer weather this weekend so I’m going to start my radish seeds in the bed that was prepared last week. My rhubarbs are really growing since I added some regular fertilzer. I still need to finish weeding my strawberry plants and add fertilzer around it and also some mushroom compost. Strawberry plants love that.

Orchard Mason Bees with Special Guest: Lisa Novich of Knox Cellars

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Improve fruit production in your garden by starting your own Orchard Mason bee colony. Mason bees are non-aggressive and highly effective pollinators. Join special guest Lisa Novich of Knox Cellars to explore the fascinating world of native pollinating bees. Lisa will cover what you need to get started, where and when to place your bee houses & more. We are pleased to offer Lisa’s presentation with no class fee. This class will be held in the Northwest Greenhouse, which is covered, but not heated. Please dress appropriately.

Date: Saturday, March 13, 1:00 pm
Time: 1pm
Class Fee: None
Location: Bainbridge Gardens NW Greenhouse (Dress warm)

First planting this spring

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Before I start planting some vegetables, I’m going to clean my strawberry bed – remove those old brown leaves, softed the soil and add some5-5-5 fertilizer and some mushroom compost around each plant. I haven’t seen any slugs yet this year but they should be getting busy with all this good weather. I’ve dug up and added compost to the bed where I am going to plant spinach from seed. My area for my pea seed starts is ready and my pea starts are ready to go in, but the weatherman is warning about a cold spell next Tuesday. I’m going to wait and not chance losing my coddled pea plants.
I’m going to the Home and Garden Show here tomorrow and help in our show booth. Donna always has great plans for her display! Hope we get a lot of people to come.