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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

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Homewood

“A young food forest on about ½ acre, with some big changes underway this season”

Homewood lives up to its name with such a feeling of hominess.  The house was designed to have windows on two sides of every room and has an entire wall of books, something I always like to see.  Lisa, the owner of this garden, is the organizer of the Edible Tour.  She and her late spouse designed and built the house together.  She is a fiber artist as well as a food forest gardener, and her creations can be found at the Bay Avenue Gallery.  While some of her creations are elegant fashion accessories like her beaded purses, you can see that others are inspired by her kitchen garden.

photos courtesy Bay Avenue Gallery

photos courtesy Bay Avenue Gallery

So what is a food forest?  “A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels.”

Lisa’s garden lives up to the description, with food at all levels of the garden.

arriving at the garden

arriving at the garden

entry, with climbing roses

entry, with climbing roses

Teresa and I enter the garden (Allan's photo)

Teresa and I enter the garden (Allan’s photo)

I love the blue trim on the house.

I love the blue trim on the house.  The white cages hold blueberries.

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Lisa told us that she had at last successfully managed to make a deer-proof fence all around the perimeter of the property.  The smaller cages are to protect fruit from the birds; otherwise, there would be none left for Lisa of the special delicacies like blueberries.

looking south over the rain gauge: The summer has been exceptionally dry.

looking south over the rain gauge: The summer has been exceptionally dry.

I first took the path around the south side of the garden.

past the outdoor sink

past the outdoor sink

sink

sink

handy for washing soil off produce out in the garden

handy for washing soil off produce out in the garden

apples

apples (Allan’s photo)

Asian pear, Lisa's photo

Asian pear, Lisa’s photo

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hydrangea

hydrangea

path

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Just this last month, Lisa laid this stone path instead of having grass paths.

Just this last month, Lisa laid this stone path instead of having grass paths.

nettle, a beneficial plant, caution-taped to avoid accidental contact

nettle, a beneficial plant, caution-taped to avoid accidental contact

aronia (chokecherry)

aronia (chokecherry)

path destination, a secret sit spot

path destination, a secret sit spot

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around

path back to the house

path back to the house

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Malva (mallow) flower

Malva (mallow) flower

Lisa and Teresa

Lisa and Teresa

The sunny center of the garden on the south side of the house is given to kitchen garden rows.

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Lisa made numbered edging for the garden beds and told us that she is planning to do so for other beds, with tree names set into the concrete.

concrete mosaic row numbers

concrete mosaic row numbers

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beans

beans

beans

beans

I am sure that earlier in the year there were edible peas, as well.  By the almost mid-August date of this tour, the early season crops are done, especially in this hot dry year when the season for most flowers and fruits is earlier than usual.

sunflowers, turned away

sunflowers, turned away

sunflowers

sun

sun

cucumber tower, Lisa's photo

cucumber tower, Lisa’s photo

Bay Avenue Gallery art

Bay Avenue Gallery art (Allan’s photo)

cat from Bay Avenue Gallery

cat from Bay Avenue Gallery

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compost

east end of deck

east end of deck

refreshing herbal tea

refreshing herbal tea

edibles on display

edibles on display

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Allan, Lisa, and Teresa look at the garden plan and plant lists.

Allan, Lisa, and Teresa look at the garden plan and plant lists.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking southeast from the deck

looking southeast from the deck

Lisa and her garden, showing the south wall of the greenhouse

Lisa and her garden, showing the south wall of the greenhouse

figs against the south wall of the greenhouse

figs against the south wall of the greenhouse

fig, Lisa's photo

fig, Lisa’s photo

in the window

in the window

inside the lean-to greenhouse on the south wall of the garage

inside the lean-to greenhouse on the south wall of the garage

in the green house

in the green house

stacked rock art piece, a gift from a friend

stacked rock art piece, a gift from a friend

We walked between the house and garage to see the north side of the garden.

between house and garage, looking north

between house and garage, looking north

the between garden

the between garden

ladies in waiting against the east garage wall

ladies in waiting against the east garage wall

hydrangea and buddleia

hydrangea and buddleia

fire circle

fire circle

north side of house

north side of house

shed on north side, with a little sit spot

shed on north side, with a little sit spot

east side of house: A work area is always of interest to me.

east side of house: A work area is always of interest to me.

almonds, Lisa's photo

almonds, Lisa’s photo

We returned to the deck on the south side of the house and sat with Lisa for awhile as the tour drew to a close.

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view from the deck

view from the deck

south view from living room

south view from living room

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east windows over bookshelves

east windows over bookshelves

one of Lisa's many books

one of Lisa’s many books

At five o’clock, the official end of tour time, we departed and saw Lisa taking in the tour sign.

the end of garden tour season

the end of garden tour season

That’s the end of our local garden tour season!  There will be one more tour, the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, in mid-September.  Meanwhile, it’s back to focusing on work and my own garden.

 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

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Lavender And Farm

“Living sustainably on 3 acres on the Bay.”

This lavender farm and large kitchen garden was also on the tour in 2013.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: looking east from the road

Allan’s photo: looking east from the road

looking west over the lavender field; the big building is for drying and processing.

looking west over the lavender field; the big building is for drying and processing.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking south

looking south

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tour guests and guide (Allan's photo)

tour guests and guide (Allan’s photo)

fragrant field

fragrant field

tour host and lavender wand maker

tour host and lavender wand maker (Allan’s photo)

Tours are available on most days, it seems.

Tours are available on most days, it seems.

making lavender wands

making lavender wands

the harvest

the harvest

lavender wands

lavender wands

lavender cookies and tea

lavender cookies and tea

by the lavender products sales shed

by the lavender products sales shed

We then to the path along the south side of the animal field and the large kitchen garden.  There, I saw baby goats on the loose!

They are allowed to wander as they will always come back to their mother.

They are allowed to wander as they will always come back to their mother.

Allan's photo

Hershey and Honey: Allan’s photo

The one with the tiny ears (left) is a Lamancha goat; the ears are not cropped.  The long eared one is a Nigerian Dwarf goat.

In the fenced field, grown up goats rest in the shade.

In the fenced field, grown up goats rest in the shade.

Or bask in the sun.

Or bask in the sun.

ducks

ducks

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This is the male goat.

This is the male goat.

His name is Darling.

His name is Darling.

looking west

looking west

Teresa brought the babies, whom she has known since their birth. (Allan's photo)

Teresa brought the babies, whom she has known since their birth. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

They have a great interest in the fenced kitchen garden.

They have a great interest in the fenced kitchen garden. (Allan’s photo)

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corn

corn

I love the rusty fence panels, which is concrete reinforcing grid that we were able to find at Home Depot…after a search all around these parts to find some.  It was too big to transport, and we eventually used regular wire grid for our fence (a stronger more symmetrical kind than chicken wire).  This would be my favourite fence material if I could have acquired it.

looking east

looking east

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east side of garden

east side of garden

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greenhouse at east end of garden

greenhouse at east end of garden

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greenhouse (and the residence, to the right in background)

The door is on the north side.

The door is on the north side.

Garden People

Garden People

Further east, a huge pole barn and more fenced veg on its south wall

Further east, a huge pole barn and more fenced veg on its south wall

rhubarb in quantity

rhubarb in quantity

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

road down the hill to the bay

road down the hill to the bay

Teresa and Allan walked down.  I decided not to because chunky gravel is hard on the knees.

another fenced area

another fenced area

lower level: another fenced area with fruit trees

lower level: another fenced area with fruit trees

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This yellow flower down by the bay...

This yellow flower down by the bay…

(gumweed)

(gumweed)

We IDed it through this article on the lavender wand table...but is the painting upside down?

We IDed it through this article on the lavender wand table…but is the painting upside down?  Maybe not, as it seems to grow all floppy like that.

looking up from bayside to the pole building

looking up from bayside to the pole building

wild yarrow

wild yarrow

Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay

looking west

looking west

looking east. If the Lavender Farm owners also own the tideland, they could add oysters to their sustainability.

looking east. If the Lavender Farm owners also own the tideland, they probably add oysters to their sustainability.

returning to the top of the road

returning to the top of the road

Meanwhile, I had just sat at a picnic table on the east side of the pole barn and enjoyed the view.

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Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay

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telephoto with oyster beds

telephoto with oyster beds

lavender planted along the ridge

lavender planted along the ridge

buzzing with bees

buzzing with bees

The three of us walked down the road along the north side of the house, where the owners of the farm were cleaning an enormous tuna. I wondered if they had caught it or if they knew a tuna fisher-person.  With goats, ducks, chickens, a huge kitchen garden and lavender farm for an income, Lavender And is an impressive exercise in living off the land.

Next: the last garden of the day and one of my favourites

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

 

Carol and Ed’s Concrete Container Garden

“Our garden is almost totally container; both concrete and black plastic, with home-made hand decorated pavers.”

The reason, Carol and Ed told me, for the garden being almost all in containers is that they are renting.  This way, they could move the whole garden with them, including the artful paths and patio.

I might as well reveal that because of its artistry and attention to detail, this is my favourite garden of the day.

Carol and Ed's place

Carol and Ed’s place

in front of the garage

in front of the garage

Carol is one of the artists who did a plein air painting for the Rhododendron Tour this spring.

Ed makes all the concrete planters (molded from black plastic pots) and smaller containers, birdbaths, and cool metal garden art on display here.

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Teresa and Carol (Allan's photo)

Teresa and Carol (Allan’s photo)

sculpture

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critter

rake bird (pre-tour)

rake bird on tour day

rake bird on tour day

tour guests

tour guests

looking north

looking north

east side of house, looking toward the front (south side). Note the concrete orbs, made by Ed, used as edging.

east side of house, looking toward the front (south side). Note the concrete orbs, made by Ed, used as edging.

orb edging

orb edging

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concrete

I love these small, flat planters made by Ed. More on this later.

I love these small, flat planters made by Ed. More on this later.

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home made pavers

home made pavers

Ed, concrete genius (Allan's photo)

Ed, concrete genius (Allan’s photo)

patio with grape arbour, east side of house

patio with grape arbour, east side of house

handmade paver patio

handmade paver patio

artful swirlies on the grape arbour

artful swirlies on the grape arbour

another swirl created by Ed

another swirl created by Ed

behind the grape arbour

behind the grape arbour

bird bath with orbs

bird bath with orbs

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This lovely little garden would have fit right in on the Music in the Gardens ornamental garden tour.

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Those paver paths were just as weed-free when Allan and I recently pre-toured this garden.

Looking north: Those paver paths and garden beds were just as weed-free when Allan and I recently pre-toured this garden.

I was warned to not back up into the monkey puzzle tree.

I was warned, while taking photos,  to not back up into the monkey puzzle tree.

looking back to the grape arbor

looking back to the grape arbor

the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

back yard container garden

back yard container garden

Ed uses plastic pots like these as molds for his concrete pots.  It was a process to figure out how to make it work.

trees

north wall of house

north wall of house

tomatoes and one of Ed's small concrete planters on the back porch

tomatoes and one of Ed’s small concrete planters on the back porch

on the porch

on the porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another critter at the edge of the garden

another critter at the edge of the garden

north end of garden

north end of garden (Allan’s photo)

corn

corn

corn producing in a big container; Ed said he would harvest some for dinner, after the tour.

corn producing in a big container; Ed said he would harvest some for dinner, after the tour. (Allan’s photo)

corn ready to harvest (Allan's photo)

corn ready to harvest (Allan’s photo)

Farmer Ed

Farmer Ed

north fence

north fence

another bird bath with a resting place for bees

another bird bath with a resting place for bees

Ed said he does not sell his large concrete containers, because he does not know how sturdy they would be if moved around.  He does sell some of his smaller creations at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

decorative flowers and orbs

decorative flowers and orbs

stackable flat planters

stackable flat planters

baths for birds and bees

baths for birds and bees

I do love Carol and Ed’s creative garden and think it is ingenious the way they have made it almost all portable.

Next: a lavender farm by the bay

 

 

 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local foodbanks.

 

 

Millner Garden (The Planter Box)

A constantly changing garden that has fed a large family for over 40 years.

The garden is behind Ray and Barbara Millner’s house, next door to the Planter Box.  Ray and Barbara are the mom and pop of the garden center, who have now mostly retired and passed the business on to their daughter, son, and daughter in law.

Some of the photos are from a pre-tour taken by me and Garden Tour Nancy on July 24th.

Next to the kitchen garden: Hardy fuchsias and hydrangeas waiting to be planted in a new park-like area.

Next to the kitchen garden: Hardy fuchsias and hydrangeas waiting to be planted in a new park-like area.

bees

bees

The main part of the kitchen garden

The main part of the kitchen garden

Actually, the kitchen garden has gotten so big that I don’t even know if it is fair to call this the main part.  I’m sure it is the original area of kitchen garden.

beans, pre-tour, 7-24

beans, pre-tour, 7-24

a classically tidy kitchen garden

a classically tidy kitchen garden

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Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade' blueberry

Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ blueberry

strawberry cage

strawberry cage

netted strawberries, 7-24

netted strawberries, 7-24

the chooks

the chooks

The flock has a large field and a spacious chicken coop.

The flock has a large field and a spacious chicken coop.

enjoying a fruit snack

enjoying a fruit snack

pecking order

pecking order

friends

friends

Allan's photo: The north side of the chicken run and the first part of the eastward garden extension.

Allan’s photo: The north side of the chicken run and the first part of the eastward garden extension.

trellised vine

trellised vine

an edible tropaeolum vine

an edible tropaeolum vine

I wish I had taken notes as good as Garden Tour Nancy’s on the day of our pre-tour; I was more thinking of taking photos.

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Allan’s photo

The garden continues east along the pond.

berries by the pond; the water level is startlingly low this year

berries by the pond; the water level is startlingly low this year

looking south across the pond

looking south across the pond

I've never seen this pond with so much mud exposed in August.

I’ve never seen this pond with so much mud exposed in August.

looking back (west) toward the main kitchen garden

looking back (west) toward the main kitchen garden

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pondside garden

pondside garden

Flowers to attract pollinators are interspersed with fruit and vegetables.

Flowers to attract pollinators are interspersed with fruit and vegetables.

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looking east toward a grape arbour

looking east toward a grape arbour

The cover protects the grapes from dew.

The cover protects the grapes from dew.

Ray on our pre-tour, 7-24

Ray on our pre-tour, 7-24

Ray says next time he would make the cover a dome, as the vines need more room.

Ray says next time he would make the cover a dome, as the vines need more room.

And they say you can't grow grapes at the beach!

And they say you can’t grow grapes at the beach!

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A long awaited bridge was built by Ray’s son, Raymond, right before the tour.

bridge of recycled lumber and pallets

bridge of recycled lumber and pallets

This open up the area to the east of the pond, which Ray intends to turn into a parklike setting with hydrangeas and hardy fuchsias.

looking west from across the bridge

looking west from across the bridge

Ray leading a guided tour of the garden (Allan's photo)

Ray leading a guided tour of the garden (Allan’s photo)

looking west over the pond

looking west over the pond

Allan saw several dragonflies by the shoreline:

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looking north across the pond

looking north across the pond

Ray describing his parkland vision. (Allan's photo)

Ray describing his parkland vision. (Allan’s photo)

Several hundred feet east on that green road is Ray’s potato patch.  He put it far enough out that it encourages him to take a good long walk to check on it.

We caught up to Ray’s guided tour as they left the third part of the kitchen garden, behind the greenhouses of the Planter Box garden center.

Ray and tour guests

Ray and tour guests

east of The Planter Box itself, another garden area...

east of The Planter Box itself, another garden area…

built on compost and garden debris from the nursery....

built on aged compost and garden debris from the nursery….

lush thriving plants

lush thriving plants

garlic harvest drying in a shed

garlic harvest drying in a shed

It’s a spectacular kitchen garden that feeds an extended family with produce left over for friends and Grange members.  While I took lousy notes (ie. none), I share with you here some plant names that Nancy noted on our pre-tour day:

Caroline raspberry best for fall

Territorial fall and winter blend

Valley girl tomatoes

White runner beans

Gray grillers zucchini for grilling.

Julia tomatoes good for canning and dry

Wild treasure BlackBerries

Eating on the Wild Side book

As we were about to depart, I picked up a few plants for the Long Beach planters, and we also added Planter Box Teresa to our touring party for the remainder of the day.

front display at Planter Box; still lots of good plants for sale.

front display at Planter Box; still lots of good plants for sale.

Cosmos

Cosmos

Celosias

Celosias

We were glad Teresa was able to get away from the nursery and come with us to see the rest of the gardens.

Next: three of the smaller gardens.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

Little Tyke Garden

John and Judy named their garden “Little Tyke” and describe it as “simple, easy, fun”.  I visited it with Garden Tour Nancy not long ago and on that day was able to tour the flower garden part.  Today, that had caution tape because the paths are narrow.  The main edible tour feature was John’s container kitchen garden, but for me the whole garden is a delight, especially his garden art from found objects.

Little Tyke

Little Tyke

front garden

front garden

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back.

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back. (Allan’s photo)

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden (Allan’s photo)

one of John's cool art creations

one of John’s cool art creations

I like it very much.

I like it very much.

driftwood and found objects make art

driftwood and found objects make art

looking south into the flower garden

looking south into the flower garden

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.  (Allan’s photo)

The sign is one that they found.

The sign is one that they found.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.  (Allan’s photo)

tomatoes on south wall of garage

tomatoes on south wall of garage

container kitchen garden

container kitchen garden

backlit chard

backlit chard

looking back at the house

looking back at the house

deck railing

deck railing

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

another critter by John

another critter by John

deck windows looking east

deck windows looking east (Allan’s photo)

a shovel critter that rocked

a shovel critter that rocked (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John's in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan’s photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John’s in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan's photo: tour host Judy and me.

Allan’s photo: tour host Judy and me.

I said to Judy “Your voice, the way you move, and the way you look are so much like a Judy I used to know that it’s spooky.”  She said “I AM that Judy!”  It was funny.  She modestly had a name tag just saying “John’s wife”, because she said the kitchen garden is his project.  She made me laugh.

She invited me in to see a wintertime project of John’s:

a button head with watches for eyes

a button head with watches for eyes

her friendly little dog

her friendly little dog (Allan’s photo)

very friendly

very friendly – I wonder if he is “little tyke”

flowers on the deck

flowers on the deck (Allan’s photo)

looking northeast over the garden

looking northeast over the garden

over

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SE view

SE view

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all kinds of fun objects

all kinds of fun objects

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John his ownself

John his ownself

from my pre-tour visit

from my pre-tour visit

I was sorry to leave because I’d really taken to John and Judy on both visits to their garden.  However, we have seven more gardens to see.  Before we leave for the next one, let’s look around the charming cul-de-sac on which John and Judy live.

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This house is at the entrance and is next to the original house on the block.

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You can just see a taller house behind it that was the first house on the block:

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An arbour on the other side of the street from Little Tyke:

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pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

Next: the garden behind the Planter Box garden center that feeds a large family.

 

 

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August 11, 2013

I got up early, invigorated by the idea of tour day, and I do mean at about 8 AM.  The night before, I had made tabouli which I dressed up with all sorts of vegetables from my garden: cucumber, tomatoes, chives, cilantro on the side, and edible flowers:  Calendula, tuberous begonia, borage, chive flowers.  We had some lemon water to offer, and Allan had bought some animal crackers but forgot to put them out. Brownies (and Allan’s favourite, red licorice) did not seem quite right to offer on a serious and healthy edible garden tour.

a welcoming table

a welcoming table

I arranged some samples of edible flowers on plates, an idea I swiped from last year’s edible tour at Lisa Mattfield’s Homewood garden.

edible flowers

edible flowers

On the shed wall across from the tabouli table:

Let's see, what's edible?  Fuchsia flowers, and a Stevia to the right

Let’s see, what’s edible? Fuchsia flowers, and a Stevia to the right

The beautiful wall vase was made by my friend Sheila, who brought it to me when she came from Oregon for the Music in the Gardens tour.

wall vase

wall vase

In the remaining time before noon,  I rushed around pulling a few more weeds and wishing again that we had run the string trimmer around the garden beds…

I thought Pam Fleming from my favourite local collectors’ nursery, Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart, might come and was feeling the garden was not at its required tour perfection…

I put out some of my favourite garden books, this time mostly ones with an edible theme (Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest, The Bountiful Container).  Even though it is purely ornamental, I did simply have to put out my very favourite garden book, Shocking Beauty by Thomas Hobbs.  And I hung at the gate a print of the cover of the Beverly Nichols’ book, Garden Open Today.

garden open today

garden open today!

My garden was looking much more ornamental than edible….

garden boat (The "Ann Lovejoy") with cosmos and elephant garlic.

garden boat (The “Ann Lovejoy”) with cosmos and elephant garlic.

But I had gone to great effort to grow salad greens in containers all over the garden.

salad containers, background

salad containers in background

It really is an ornamental garden, though; there is just no denying that.  Lisa really had wanted us to be on the tour, and I did my best…

In the greenhouse, I had tomatoes from The Planter Box, The Basket Case, and the River Rock Farm booth at Long Beach’s Columbia Pacific Farmers Market.

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

lavender as one enters the back yard

lavender as one enters the back yard

encouragement to smell scented geraniums, etc

encouragement to smell scented geraniums, etc

laundry lines and raspberries

laundry lines and raspberries

my grandma's embroidered pillowcases

my grandma’s embroidered pillowcases

one of four corn plants, and potatoes on the debris pile

one of four corn plants, and potatoes on the debris pile

veg box

veg box

To have more edibles with little open ground available, I had planted some drawers with autumn crops of kale, and labeled them.  Kale is ornamental as well as edible.  I could have just labeled them and not even planted the seeds! But the seeds are in there, I guarantee it.

Let the tour begin!!

Local jobbing gardener Diana Canto and her dog Lucy were first to arrive just after the tour start time of noon.  Diana is the gardener who created the Bristol garden, featured on the Music in the Gardens tour.

Diana and Lucy

Diana and Lucy

Soon after, Nancy (Music in the Gardens tour organizer) and Phil Allen arrived.

Phil, Nancy, Lucy, Diana

Phil, Nancy, Lucy, Diana

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Phil, Nancy, Diana, and I

Phil, Nancy, Diana, Lucy, and I

in the distance, tour guests

in the distance, tour guests

Our friend Sarah Sloane, local author (of the charming children’s book The Marble Game) and topiary artist, came early.  I showed her the topiary that she gave me last year and said “I have been clipping on him”.  “Hand me the scissors!” she said, and went to work.

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Sarah Sloane

Sarah Sloane

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More people came, in fact we had quite a rush of about 18 people in the first hour and fifteen minutes!

tour guests

tour guests as Sarah clips  the topiary bird

Ann Gaddy came to see the garden.  I was thrilled to meet her.  Her father, Pete Hanner, is the one who told the story about my garden at my neighbour, Nora’s, funeral earlier this year…  Ann intends to bring Pete sometime soon, and I look forward to seeing him again.

 Ann Gaddy in the garden
enjoying Ann's company

enjoying Ann’s company

We had “met” on Facebook but not in person before this day.  Note Frosty, above, in the background watching from his cat perch.

Sarah, me, and Ann

Sarah, me, and Ann

One man turned out to be very interested in biochar.  I told him he and Jim Karnofski would have a lot to talk about, and he said he was going to Jim and Vera’s Biocharm Farm next.  He had been to a national bochar conference of some sort recently.  I hope he and Jim had a great time having a discussion on the subject.  As Mr. Tootlepedal (one of my two favourite bloggers of all time, the other being Mary Ruston of Moosey’s Country Garden) commented on my photos of Jim and Vera’s veg, “A very good advertisement for his methods.”

Another man introduced himself as from Astoria.  In conversation, I realized he had had his garden on the Astoria garden tour before, and I had been there.  It is in this blog entry as the Wigutoff garden, a lovely front garden that leads up to a deck with a Columbia River view, and had more edibles than I do, as I recall.  Unfortunately it was written when I used smaller photos on my blog (and before my great computer crash where I lost all original photos from 2010-12).  (Yes, I have a better back up system now!)

I believe this is Mr. Wigutoff from Astoria.

I believe this is Mr. Wigutoff from Astoria.

I have no idea why there is a corkscrew next to The Intelligent Gardener book.  I swear I was not boozing during the garden tour!  I have my phone out because am looking up Mr. Wigutoff’s garden on my blog.  (Allan tells me the corkscrew was to open his own bottle of Mexican soda pop.)

A young couple passing by on the street had asked early in the tour (which began at noon) if they could come in just to see our garden.  They had sailed down from Alaska in their boat and were docked at the marina.  Of course, we said yes.  They wandered appreciatively through the entire garden and I think they stayed for over an hour.

I showed the woman the way the seeds of the Impatiens balsamina jump when you touch a ripe pod (which is why it’s common name is Touch Me Not and why it is a class 2 noxious weed….ooops).

She's about to test out a seedpod.

She’s about to test out a seedpod.

laughter as it pops

laughter as it pops

Something about her smile and her voice convinced me I had met her before, but that was impossible.  She must have strongly reminded me of someone.  Her partner took a great interest in the cats.

cat

Frosty loved the attention.

Frosty loved the attention.

I wish them both smooth sailing and hope touring our garden gave them a fond memory of Ilwaco.

Debbie Haugsten came with her friend Charlene.  They arrived at the peak of the early guests, so we did not have time to visit.  Later, due to my face blindness, I thought maybe she had been with Helen Westbrook (whose fabulous Astoria garden I like to visit) but Debbie helped me sort it out later….

Debbie and Charlene

Debbie and Charlene

charlene

The two Colleens from Peninsula Landscape Supply arrived and stayed for awhile.

Sarah and Colleen

Sarah and Colleen

Not only was I happy to see them but I also was glad they could meet Sarah.  I think the topiaries would be a great addition to the stock at Colleen’s garden center.

And then, after they left, there was….no one else!   Sarah kept clipping the topiary as we visited on the patio.  Allan got discouraged after awhile and put the tabouli salad away.  He made us a lunch of chili and mandarin oranges (a house specialty that Sarah enjoyed).  After awhile, thank goodness, Judy came  from her garden four doors down to see how the tour was going and kept us company for awhile.

Allan noticed that Sarah’s dogs were in the car, so we invited them both in.

patiently waiting

patiently waiting

Judy loves little dogs.  They provided much entertainment as we continued to wait and marvel at the lack of tour guests.  These two dogs won the obedience trial at the Doggie Olympic Games in Long Beach earlier this year and they performed some cute tricks for us.

Judy

They liked Judy very much!

They liked Judy very much!

The tour was due to end at five;  Sarah and Judy had left by about four.  The bird was re-shaped to Sarah’s satisfaction.

an excellent bird

an excellent bird

I have to admit that I was kind of let down when my friends had departed.  I did not expect the 500 people who had come through on Music in the Gardens tour 2012, but I was hoping for at least 50!  I walked through the garden taking some photos of it while it was in such excellent condition (and pulled a few more weeds on the way).

That one spot of lawn always gets brown.

That one spot of lawn always gets brown.

archway to back garden

archway to back garden with Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

entering the back garden....This is where folks always exclaim they did not know it was so big.

entering the back garden….This is where folks always exclaim they did not know it was so big.

elephant garlic

elephant garlic

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

cat bench

I had been worried all the lilies would be done by tour day, but there were still plenty of them.

lilies

lilies

Eryngium and lilies

Eryngium and lilies

more lilies

more lilies

afternoon light on the garden boat

afternoon light on the garden boat

blue Agastache

blue Agastache (hyssop) and Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)

Verbascum 'Eleanor's Blush'

Verbascum ‘Eleanor’s Blush’

Geranium 'Rozanne' river from the side

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river from the side

my flock of chickens

my flock of chickens by the garden boat

Sheesh, not only is my garden not full of edibles, but I don’t even have real chickens!

more Agastache because I love them.

more Agastache because I love them.

by the bogsy wood, many empty chairs...

by the bogsy wood, many empty chairs…

by the edge of the bogsy wood....Hey, salmonberry groves have edible berries!

by the edge of the bogsy wood….Hey, salmonberry groves have edible berries!

weeded woodsy edge with before photos clipped to  branches

weeded woodsy edge with before photos clipped to branches

into the bogsy woods

into the bogsy wood at the south end of the lot

same area as above in November 2010

same area as above in November 2010

looking north from the bogsy wood

looking north from the bogsy wood

looking west

looking west

Gunnera

Gunnera

salmonberry tunnel

salmonberry tunnel

plant table inspired by George Schenk

plant table inspired by George Schenk

another well weeded bogsy wood area

a well weeded bogsy wood area

Oh well, it IS nice to have the garden almost perfect on occasion!

fairy door with market basket; the fairies have gathered their "edibles"

fairy door with market basket; the fairies have gathered their “edibles”

another fairy dwelling

another fairy dwelling

Judy’s son said the fairies do not need stairs because they can fly.  But they DO need stairs for their pet frogs.

from the bridge over the swale, looking west

from the bridge over the swale, looking west

fish in the well weeded swale

fish in the well weeded swale

south edge, inside fence, looking east.  The property goes further south outside the fence.

south edge, inside fence, looking east. The property goes further south outside the fence.

Emerging from the bogsy wood, I photographed my way up the west side path.

looking north

looking north

beside the shade garden

beside the shade garden

blue

blue bottle hanger from The Natural Nook in Gearhart

blue bottle hanger from The Natural Nook in Gearhart

Fuchsia magellanica

Fuchsia magellanica and purple trunks of old camellia

before photo of the camellia which is now just purple painted trunks

before photo (with no garden) of the camellia which is now just purple painted trunks . Nov 2010

looking back south

looking back south

walking north into the sun

walking north into the sun

And then….JOY!  Another garden guest arrived!  She was a member of The Mozart Chicks quintet who had performed at Pink Poppy Farm on Music in the Gardens tour day and had reprised their performance with a trio during the edible tour!

a musician in our garden

a musician in our garden

I walked around with her, and as she left, Pam and Kathy from Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook in Gearhart arrived.  More joy.  I really had been rather glum about having only nineteen people so far (and pretty much all of them in the first hour with three hours in between having no new arrivals).

Pam Fleming  and Kathy Cates

Pam Fleming and Kathy Cates

We walked all around every inch of the garden, which was most satisfactory and made my day.  Pam told us that she and Kathy had not known where our street, which is one block south of the main drag through Ilwaco, was.  I am so used to people having a GPS that I never thought to make sure the program had more specific directions.  Because of their determination to visit us, they turned back when they realized they were heading east out of Ilwaco.  But what was worse was that Adelaide’s Coffee in Ocean Park, the northernmost ticket sales point, had been CLOSED.  CLOSED on Sunday?  On tour day???  Which is when most people buy tickets???  When their hours say they are OPEN on Sundays?  Why had they agreed to sell tickets at all????  I found out later that they had told Lisa, the tour organizer, a few days before that they would be closed that day.  Whatever the emergency was, if there was one, my mind is still boggled that this happened.  How many other people might have tried to buy tickets and then given up and done something else with their day?

Because of this fiasco and having to drive back south to buy tickets at Jimella and Nanci’s Café in Klipsan, the only two gardens that Pam and Kathy visited other than ours was Pink Poppy Farm and the Millner Garden.  They loved Pink Poppy Farm…who wouldn’t? and Pam raved about a pink drink with Shiso (Perilla, a Japanese herb)….somehow the Shisho made the drink a gorgeous pink colour.  Then they went to the Millner garden at the Planter Box.  Pam was so taken with Ray Millner’s talk about the health benefits of his garden that she had made a movie of him with her iPad to show to Back Alley plantswoman Prissy.

Pam taking an iPad photo

Pam taking an iPad photo

We sat in the patio and talking about gardening, especially public gardening.   (Pam does the gorgeous Seaside, Oregon gardens and I have admired her work for years.)  Allan brought the tabouli salad back out.  Time passed.  Pam played us a bit of the video of Ray Millner.    They were thinking of stopping by Painted Lady Lavender Farm for the very end of the Beach Bellydance Festival but we kept nattering on.  (Last year the festival was beautiful and I was sorry to have missed it this year.)  By the time they departed, they decided to skip the festival.  On the way out, we all had a good look at Allan’s garden, especially his unidentified mystery fern.

Kathy and the mystery fern

Kathy and the mystery fern

One more guest wanted to come in, but by now the tour was over….

Onyx from next door

Onyx from next door

…except for Vera and Jim Karnofski who came up from Biocharm Farm to bring us the big tour sign to return to Lisa the next day.    We walked all around with them, and they took some tabouli with them to eat later.

I had emailed Nancy Allen to bemoan we had only had 23 people.  She responded:  “Phil told me I shouldn’t tell you Andrea had 130” [at the Patten edible garden].   I believed it for about two minutes and thought that many many people had been unable to find our address!  It tied in with Pam and Kathy having told me that they heard the Pink Poppy Farm-ers were surprised they had so many people.  But it turned out that the 27 people that they did get seemed to them like quite a few for the edible tour (that only got 20 people in 2012!)

This tour needs a better attendance, especially since it is a benefit for the food bank.  We have the Facebook page now, and had some good publicity in both the Chinook Observer (local weekly paper) and the Daily Astorian.  Next year we need to get a promo on the public radio.  The tickets are extremely reasonable:  $7 or 5 cans of food for the food bank.  I hope it is just not that people (like me) are more interested in purely ornamental garden tours….but I won’t pass up the chance to tour any kind of garden.

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August 10, 2013

After touring “Lavender And”, Allan and I were might hungry so we stopped at the delicious Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta.

Chef Jayne Bailey at work

Chef Jayne Bailey at work

We used to take more time to stop for lunches but for the past few years have worked pretty much non stop from February through early December.  My mission this year is to have more time enjoying pleasures like a lunch stop.  We still have not taken many, so I don’t yet have to worry that it is going to result in poverty.  Taking time off to go garden touring…and blog…is more likely to get me in financial trouble!

inside Bailey's

inside Bailey’s

After our excellent lunch we drove back to Ilwaco and a bit to the east to Jim and Vera Karnofski’s Biocharm Farm.   We wanted to get photos for the edible tour Facebook page and had also been charged with the delivery of the signs and tickets for the tour.  The name of the farm refers to Biochar.  To say Jim is a big believer in the stuff would be an understatement.  Here is the Biocharm description of the farm:  “Biocharm Farms is a demonstration mineral augmented organic garden with the goal of maximizing the nutrient density of the vegetables as shown by the Brix Refractometer. The soil is mineral balanced annually and biochar has been added for several years with promising results. There will be handouts and an explanation of these amazing gardening breakthroughs that seem to be converging to make a ‘good food revolution’ possible. Presently, besides feeding our family, we market our produce primarily to [a local] restaurant, Klean rehab facility and Coastal Corner Market. There are 3 gardens about 100 yards apart against a backdrop of forest on which there is a ½ mile trail if you feel like having a really nice nature walk.  “

Jim Karnofski

Jim Karnofski

a charming dog indeed, a rescue from our local shelter

a charming dog indeed, a rescue from our local shelter

I thought for sure I’d remember the name of the cute Karnofski dog, but writing this two weeks later, I’ve forgotten.

You can watch a video of Jim explaining all about biochar.  I believe that I’ve had good results using what I call “pseudobiochar”, the chinky black bits left behind in the burn piles of clients who live in areas where burning is allowed, mixed with dairy manure into garden beds.  I did a test, as Jim advised, of growing carrots (or any crop) in a barrel amended with biochar and one without, the the carrots in the biochar planter got much bigger.

At the entrance to the Biocharm vegetable garden, bins hold piles of soil amending ingredients.

pallet bins

pallet bins

We first walked through the vegetable garden that be seen from the highway between Ilwaco and Chinook; the farm is on the left as you drive east out of Ilwaco, east of the Painted Lady Lavender Farm.

looking east

looking east

bio2

yellow sticky trap to catch insect pests

yellow sticky trap to catch insect pests

bio4

bio6

bio8

bio9

Vera Karnofski

Vera Karnofski

lettuce

lettuce

bredlettuce

a stand of grain

a stand of grain

To the right you can see Highway 101 running next to the farm.

To the right you can see Highway 101 running next to the farm.

looking west

looking west

As we walked along, Jim and Vera harvested vegetables for their dinner.

harvesting

harvesting

carrots

carrot, Allan's photo

gathering dinner

gathering dinner

looking west

looking west

looking south

looking south

After we had thoroughly explored the garden beside the highway, Jim and Vera guided us along a grassy path to a surprise: another garden area almost equally large in a clearing to the north.

grassy path

grassy path

playtime

playtime

another garden!

another garden!

Vera and the beanstalks

Vera and the beanstalks

beans

garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

enormous bean pole structure

enormous bean pole structure

beans

Vera Karnofski

Vera Karnofski harvesting dinner

more grain

I should have taken notes on what grains were being grown in the garden.

two large garden beds

looking north, two large garden beds

the garden was hacked out of wilderness.

the garden was hacked out of wilderness.

northernmost bed

northernmost bed

Jim waters down a compost bin.

Jim waters down a compost bin.

In the background, the dog and cat still play.

In the background, the dog and cat still play.

playtime continues

playtime continues

back toward the farmhouse

back toward the farmhouse

more harvesting

more harvesting

Soon after this, Jim realized he had the carrot destined for dinner way back by that compost pile he was watering down.

The spuds were so good that they even tasted good raw.

The spuds were so good that they even tasted good raw.

back to the start

back to the start

At the house, there were ducklings on the loose….

ducks

ducklings on the run

They were under the protection of a large rooster.

He was monitoring the ducklings.

He was monitoring the ducklings.

Vera said they had not had time to clean up the area around the house.  I said I thought there was plenty of impressive garden to show without that area.  Jim invited us in for a beer, but we had to get home to finish the last weeding of our garden. He gave us a couple of freshly dug spuds for our dinner.

Indeed, when I started to go over all the garden beds at home, I desperately wished I had more time to make them perfect, and that we had run the strimmer around all the edges of the beds.  Oh dear.  At least the tour on the very next day did not start until noon so I might have time for some last minute weeding.

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