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Leaving Deanette at her garden to do more pre-tour preparations, Allan and I went north on the Willapa bay side of the Peninsula to “Lavender And”, described as “Commercial-scale lavender production, and abundant personal garden and animals”.

lavender and

We had been hoping to have a guided tour by owner Patti, but she had not yet returned from giving Lisa a ride home from the last of our other pre-tour gardens, so we wandered freely seeking edible garden beds and animals.

Visible from the road is the lavender field.

lavender field

lavender field

lavender and

The field reflects beautifully in the big new lavender processing building.

lavender reflection

lavender reflection

lavenderand

At the top of the field is a little building selling some lavender products.

north side of lavender shop

north side of lavender shop

baskets for picking

baskets for picking

Garden tours are available at a set time.

tour information

tour information

When we had been there on an earlier day to get some preview photos for the edible tour Facebook page, we had not been sure whether the house behind the field and shop even belonged to the property.  This time, we felt free to nose around.  We walked past a field that seemed like it would hold animals but could not see any.

Where are the birds and animals?

Where are the birds and animals?

Just a few chickens appeared.

Just a few chickens appeared.

Past the house, we found a large fenced vegetable area.

Patty's veg patch

Patty’s veg patch

rosemary and veg

rosemary and veg

fenced

fenced

fenced

I like the homebuilt greenhouse.

I like the homebuilt greenhouse.

inside the greenhouse

inside the greenhouse

nice big windows

nice big windows

inside

Allan’s greenhouse view

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's squash photo

Allan’s squash photo

 

squash blossoms

squash flowers, Allan’s photo

Walking east, I realized that the beautiful big property went all the way to the bay.

more veg in a huge bay view outbuilding

more veg by a huge bay view outbuilding

A road went around the big green pole building and next to it lavender grew above the bay’s grassy verge.

lavender with a view

lavender with a view

lavender

lavender

lavender bed curving along the bayfront

lavender bed curving along the bayfront

It occurs to me as I look at these photos that if Patty had been guiding us, I might have asked why the house was low down, without a view, instead of being up on this ridge to watch the sun rise over the bay.

lavender and caged tree

lavender and caged tree

looking back (southeast) at the lavender curve

looking back (southeast) at the lavender curve

Coming around the big pole building, I got a good overview of the house, greenhouse, and vegetable area.

looking southwest

looking west

This time I walked behind and below the vegetable field and found a slope planted with squash.

south slope

south slope

looking east

looking east

This looks to me like bundled compost ingredients.

This looks to me like bundled compost ingredients.

I still wanted to find the animals and so I went to the south side of the animal enclosure fence.

At first, the animal yard still looked empty.

At first, the animal yard still looked empty.

Finally I saw a couple of goats, rather far across the field, and Allan on the north side.  I called to him to get some photos as the two goats were closer to him.  While I walked around to the north side, a whole herd of little goats and some ducks emerged from a lean to.

hello!

saying hello! to Allan

goats galore

goats galore

more chickens appeared

more chickens appeared

hen

a tribe of goats

a tribe of goats

goats

cute kid

cute kid

The goats were difficult to leave, but we had one more garden to see, Biocharm Farm east of Ilwaco, and I still needed to do the last minute pre-tour touches on my own garden.  It was a good thing we had started at ten A.M.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 10, 2013

Allan and I continued our pre-tour of the Edible Garden tour with Deanette’s garden.   I like the description that Deanette wrote of her garden for the Edible Garden tour Facebook page:

“Our garden is small and in its second year. Our first year was hard and not successful. We thought of giving up… but fellow gardeners came along side to encourage and help. This second year is a great improvement. We are thrilled to be eating out of our garden daily. We want to encourage others who may be just starting or discouraged. We have a variety of gardens and edibles: cold frame style green house, container garden, raised beds, herbs, chickens, composting. We hope to help present part of the wide range of gardens here on the peninsula: from the large, experienced, impressive to the small, just learning. Please stop by to look and chat.”

I find edible gardening much more difficult than ornamental, so I appreciate her candour.

I hope I would have recognized the house immediately as having belonged to our friend Jill Grey, sister of J9.  Jill had sold to move to the Arizona mountains sunshine two years ago, and Deanette and her spouse had been the buyers!  Allan had told me ahead of time, though, because in conversation with Deanette he had figured out that we were going to Jill’s old house.

my friend's former house!

my friend’s former house!

Behind the house is the Dunes Bible Camp woods.  During really big windstorms, Jill used to get scared enough to go to a motel,  but I think any danger trees came down during the big blow of 2007.

Visiting family members were camping in the back driveway.

The front driveway forms an arc, convenient for entrance and exit; the driveway garden along the street was much bigger when Jill lived there, as I recall.  Deanette told us the problem that had caused her to change it, but I can’t recall what it was!  I would require more height and privacy there to be happy… Not everyone feels that way.

driveway garden

driveway garden

from near the street, looking south

from near the street, looking south

veg protected from deer on east side of driveway

veg protected from deer on east side of driveway

On the west side of the front yard, they have built an attractive greenhouse.

greenhouse

greenhouse

greenhouse

inside

inside

The big pot to the left (above) was outside with some cucumbers in it, and the deer ate the tops!

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

So far squash growing on the west wall of the house have not been fallen victim to the deer.  Perhaps deer do not like squash leaves, as they also do not bother a few that I am growing in a bed that is outside my deer fence.

squash

Where Jill had a flower garden, Deanette now has a fenced vegetable patch against the west fence, in front of the garage.

veg garden

veg garden

The soil in the veg garden has been amended with soil testing help from Jim Karnofski of Biocharm Farm (where we will end our day of pre-touring).

looking south, with garage behind

looking south, with garage behind

veg garden looking north

veg garden looking north

My photo did not pick up the detail of sand dollars set into the base blocks of the fence.

My photo did not pick up the detail of sand dollars set into the base blocks of the fence.

The back yard has the most exciting addition….Well, the greenhouse is exciting, too, but I have a soft spot for chickens!

chickens behind the garage!

chickens behind the garage!

Google tells me these are Barred Rock hens...

Google tells me these are Barred Rock hens…I think.

hens

southwest corner back yard

southwest corner back yard

Allan and Deanette observe the L shaped chicken run.

Allan and Deanette observe the L shaped chicken run.

chicken run using a bit of the woods

chicken run using a bit of the woods

cat door in back yard

cat door in back yard

catdoor

decorative garden bed along south wall of house

decorative garden bed along south wall of house

on the east side of the property, compost

on the east side of the property, compost

Since acquiring the house, Deanette and her spouse have covered the deck on the east side with clear material.

deck, enormously improved for bad weather days.

deck, enormously improved for bad weather days.

Some herbs in pots are readily available to the kitchen.

Some herbs in pots are readily available to the kitchen.

I emailed the photos of the garden to Jill, who replied, “WOW.  I am impressed.  They did a nice job and the back yard looks great.”

Next, we head back up the Peninsula almost to Oysterville to tour Mary’s “Lavender And”.

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