As I write this I’m at the Oregon coast. The sun is shining, the wind is negligible, and it’s balmy 75 degrees at 9 a.m. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to upper eighties today. If you’ve ever been to the Oregon (or Washington) coast, you know how rare this is. Back in Seattle it should be approaching ninety for the first time that I can remember in the last three years. And yet I want you to think about winter gardening and saving seed for next year.
From mid summer to late July is the time you need to get your winter garden started, and the time when everything bolts (shoots up flower stalks) and wants to make seeds to ensure the future survival of its kind.
Well….did you take the challenge?
The second winter gardening challenge was planting carrots.
The third and final challenge was saving seeds. You can do this either by storing them yourself, or leaving them in the dirt to sprout on their own when conditions are right.
WHAT CAN YOU WIN?
- A floating row cover from City People’s Mercantile
- A copy of Edible Heirlooms by Bill Thorness (July’s host.)
- A copy of The Urban Farm Handbook.
- An annual subscription to GrowVeg.com, an online garden planning software that I found invaluable when first designing my subsistance garden.
- A certificate for a free copy of Bill Thorness’s upcoming book (out in early 2013), Cool Season Gardening: Extend the Harvest, Expand Your Skills, and Plan Ahead for Vegetables Year-Round.
HOW CAN YOU WIN?
If you have a blog, please use the Mr. Linky tool to link to your blog entry showing us what you did this month. If you don’t have a blog, that’s ok. Simply leave a comment on this blog entry by midnight on August 12 and tell us what you did. Doing either thing will put you in the running for these fabulous prizes but despite that the linky tells you to also leave a comment, please only do one or the other. In order to keep the prize drawings truly random I have to look at the time stamps on both comments and linkups which is simplified if you only enter once. After linking or commenting, come back to THIS post on Monday, August 13 and check the comments to see if you won.
I hope you’ll visit the other sites and meet other like-minded urban farmers – I’m looking forward to checking out everything you’ve done myself!
So let’s see it!