As Seattle’s weather took a turn for grey skies and showers, thoughts naturally turn to the crisp and cozy days of fall, waiting just around the corner. After this unusually hot and sunny summer, there’s a certain excitement in the air among Seattlelites, looking forward to getting back to wearing rubber boots and hearing rain against the window. With those coming fall and winter days in mind, here’s a mid August garden update, and some ideas for your winter and early spring garden.
Even though the skies were overcast all day Sunday, the temperature felt invitingly warm for gardening, and I’ve been itching to plant April vegetables. The weather is flirting with coldness at night, but warm enough with the promise of spring that you can go ahead and plant your April vegetables. I checked the soil thermometer and … it’s warm enough to start planting!
It’s daylight savings weekend – the weekend in which the clocks spring forward and the daylight lasts an hour longer and all of Seattle gets a little giddy from a burst of sunlight and an extra dose of Vitamin D. It’s time to plant the vegetable garden, people!
Fall is officially here in Seattle. Crisp mornings, turning leaves, long and leisurely evenings in the kitchen, and a bountiful harvest of red kuri squash.
Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles are my favorite kind of pickle. These little beauties are so good that I ate an entire jar shortly after they’d all been processed.
The garden is overflowing with arugula. We harvested a row and made some lovely arugula pesto with toasted walnuts. It has a bright, rich, garlic-y flavor that’s perfect for fish, pizzas, pastas, cold orzo salads, bruschetta appetizers, and anything else you can think of to smear this green elixir on.
June is such a lovely time in Seattle. It’s not too hot and not too rainy, and the weather is so perfect for getting outside and gardening… after work, on the weekends, or an occasional moment in the morning, when the air is fresh and the birds are having breakfast. There’s nothing more pleasing than walking about the garden in the morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and a hose in the other, seeing what’s coming up today and how everyone’s doing.
The radishes are starting to come in…