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Archive for April, 2016

Early Garden

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get a community garden plot. I was overjoyed I was able to get it my first year after getting on a waiting list. In this area it is not uncommon to have to wait 2 or 3 years to get a plot. I have a 10 x 20. Though I already know I want to expand as soon as I can. 😉 There was a lot of work to do at first. It was covered in weeds and the soil needed a lot of work. Luckily my man has been a major help with doing the hard work and building me a fence.

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One of the very first pea shoots.

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This is the garden right after we started work on it. You can see the arugula at the bottom and the onion starts I got from Territorial Seed.

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This is the garden at the beginning of April. I have cool weather vegetables, like lettuce, Asian greens, and chard. I also have a spot in the garden for onions and carrots. I have a dedicated spot for carrots that I keep all year round. I hope to get a spring, summer and over winter crop of carrots. Right now I have the types Parisienne, Babette and Purple Dragon.

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These are some chard coming up. They are much bigger now. I have three types in the garden but only two are doing really well.

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These are cabbages. I started them inside and transplanted them when they were about 4″ high. I’m not sure they will mature in time before I have to make room for summer crops.

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Here are my peas once they have grown some. I’m also worried they won’t produce a harvest before summer. I have three varieties of peas; Alaska, Prince Albert and Lincoln. The Prince Albert’s and Alaska are doing the best. I did have some trouble with birds eating the tops of the seedlings. I just used a crop cover to keep them safe for a few weeks.

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This last view is a view from the garden plot. In clear weather you can see Mt.Rainier in the distance. It is very peaceful out in the garden. I’ve seen rabbits and coyotes and lots of birds. Hopefully everything grows and I have a bountiful harvest.

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Inkle Weaving

This past weekend I tried my hand at some inkle weaving. I have done card weaving before so I thought I would just give inkle weaving a try. I used DMC Perle 8. It was thread that I just had in my stash. The first band is a pink band with a white chain design.

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The second is an experiment with gilt thread. I have a costume project in mind and I wanted to see if I could weave my own gilt trim. I used some embroidery floss and the gilt strands are actually 2 strung together. I like how it turned out and definitely plan on making some gilt trim for myself.

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