Late March garden update

Welcome guys and gals to the end of March Garden update. We are into spring season, but Mother Nature has not got the memo yet J here is a recap on things as they sprout and are planted in anticipation of getting back out into the garden to prepare and starting the planting and growing process.

My tomatoes (Indigo Rose, Yellow Pear, Jaune Flamme and La Roma) are growing in the house like weeds. Some plants are 18” tall smallest around a foot tall. I hope these grow okay and are ready for planting and produce and early crop.

The peppers ( Early Sunsation, Carmen, New Ace and Purple Star are also coming along sitting I their plastic cup containers. I will repot these as they grow and maybe transfer some to the greenhouse.

We planted again like mad children last night and here is what we did.

· Victory Celery

· Black cherry Tomato

· Esterina Hybrid cherry type Tomato

· Old German ( approx. 2lb, we will see) Tomato

· Night and day Nasturium

· Fiesta gitana Calendula

· Pacific beauty mix Calendula

· Cutting leaf Celery

· Sugar and spice Sweet Pea

· Summer Love mix Sweet Pea

· Barlows Doubles mix Columbine

· Extra curly Parsley

· Coriandrum sativum Cilantro

· Thyme

· Cinnamon Basil

· Bushy spicy globe Basil

· Summer Savory

· Sage

Another venture this year is into low tech hydroponics. I am looking at the Kratky method (as shown on Kevin Bradley’s YouTube channel), Floating hydroponics and a variation of Hand Watered Hydroponics. Stay tuned to future videos on these as they are setup

As stated I have found some amendments to add to my soil this year. One is Spanish River Carbonatite from Boreal Agrominerals Inc. and Worm castings. We will be doing some trials just to see how these work with the crops and containers.

See my BLOG at for the complete list of seeds we have for this year.

Other links that you may find helpful ( By the way, I am not affiliated nor receive any compensation from any of these links, I just state my opinion for your reference)

MHP Gardener

Boreal Agrominerals Inc.

Homegrown Hydroponics

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Gardening Chit Chat


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Carving on a bowl–First thing the bowl

I have started a new project in the workshop now that a few days have been warmer. I have turned a Mahogany bowl in the shape of an old spaceship. Curved from the bottom and top to meet in a lip area about 7/8” down from the original top surface.

This bowl went through a bit of a redesign phase, so I will only state how the bowl finished out where it is now. The blank started out as a 9 1/4” square piece of Mahogany about 2 7/8” thick. I marked out a 9” circle and cut the circle on the bandsaw, staying outside the line.  I mounted the rough blank on a screw chuck of my Nova scroll jaws. At this point I rounded the blank. The flatten the bottom using a 5/8” bowl gouge using pull cuts. Then I measured, marked out and cut an area to be a tenon so I could remount into my scroll jaws. I then marked out on the side of the blank, what would be a lip to use to curve the top and bottom to.  This lip was 7/8” from top surface and was 1/2” wide. At this point, I used my 1/2” bowl gouge and made successive pull cuts to shape smooth curve from the bottom to the lower lip line that I had made earlier. Then using my scrapers and sand paper I cleaned the bottom surface.  I did not put any finish on the bottom as I will look at that in phase two.

At this point I remounted the tenon into my scroll jaws. What I want to be able to do is have a recess in the top of the bowl so I can use my 100mm scroll jaws to hold the bowl later so I can remove the tenon, finish turning the bottom and do any carving or texturing and finally apply the finish. So having remounted the bowl I measured, marked out and cut an opening first with my parting tool them using bowl gouges. The remaining bowl area was cleaned out using bowl gouges and scrapers.  Now to allow for a lip to use as a transition point from the top to the side lip, I marked out a circle 3/4” approx. from the edge of the bowl opening.  I made this surface flat using my 3/4” flat nose scraper. From that point to the side top lip mark on the side of the bowl, I used my bowl gouge to shape a curve. Sanding was done then to all sides and bowl.

I have a few inclusions on the bowl, which I am thinking of leaving and trying to come up with some design to either carve or texture them into the final bowl.

And that is where we are now! research stage of phase design to figure out if and what to carve and what and how to texture the bowl.  Then figure out the type and style of finish.

Stay tuned.

See you in the Workshop

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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Carving


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2015 Gardening Season – plans

Well as we start to see mother nature give a little in the coming of spring, I am now looking forward to my plans for 2015. This year I have a few things I want to try out and learn from. They include making use of structures to get vertical gardening spots for the plants, growing more in cloth and plastic bag containers, and trying my hand at hydroponics.

As to the vertical structures I have some mobile wire storage racks that came from my oldest son’s garage that I want to add to the deck so I can put the plants up off the floor and more into available sunlight. I should get about 16 feet of rack space on two rack systems. Each unit has 2  – 4 feet shelves. I am also toying with making a unit that is like a pole with shelving to support more cloth pots.

In regards to the cloth pots, I will be using the Smart Pots I had and some new cloth pots from GeoPots and Root Pouches. Both the GeoPots and Root Pouches are a well made stitched seem pot with life span of 4 to 5 years and from first glance look to be a very strong option for cloth containers for vegetables when choosing between them and the Smart Pots.  The price point of the GeoPot and Root Pouches are less money that Smart pots also.

As to the plastic bag containers, I have purchased three red plastic tomato bags Per the advertisement of them, they should provide a good heat source, with the red plastic reflecting heat, to grow tomatoes in.  I also bought another few plastic potato bags. I may try and grow a tomato in one to see if the red bag does make a difference. The ones I had last year and the remaining green containers will be used for potatoes.

I am also considering getting into hydroponics using the Kratky method of growing veg.  This method uses only a container with nutrient solution and water and the plant suspended into the solution and water.  No pumps or electricity needed. I am also looking at a floating hydroponic system, where the plants are grown in net pots placed on a styrofoam platform which is floated on the nutrient and water solution. Both of these methods can use Rubbermaid storage containers as the main planting structure  I will be making YouTube videos on each systems I get things under way.

I just can’t wait until mother nature gets the heat moving in.

Thanks for looking

See you in the Garden.

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Gardening Chit Chat


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2015 Garden Season – Plant list

Here is the plant seed list for 2015.  It may look like quite a bit, but I am only rowing a few from each variety.  When doing any seedling starts, I will be using the number beside the variety when making the plant ID stake . This way I eliminate the need to try and write the variety name on each small stake.

# Type Variety Supplier Seed Year
1 Celeriac Giant Prague West Coast Seeds 2015
2 Parsnip Gladiator West Coast Seeds 2015
3 Celery Victory West Coast Seeds 2015
4 Squash Sunburst West Coast Seeds 2015
5 Pepper Early Sunsation Veseys 2014
6 Pepper Carmen Veseys 2014
7 Pepper New Ace Veseys 2014
8 Pepper Purple Star Veseys 2014
9 Carrot Purple Haze Veseys 2014
10 Carrot White Satin Veseys 2014
11 Carrot Napoli Veseys 2014
12 Carrot Arrowhead Veseys 2014
13 Carrot Rainbow Veseys 2014
14 Peas Oregon Sugar II, Snow Pea Veseys 2014
15 Peas Sabre Veseys 2014
16 Peas Super Sugar Snap Veseys 2014
17 Peas Little Marvel West Coast Seeds 2015
18 Beans Scarlet Emperor runner beans West Coast Seeds 2015
19 Beans Kentucky blue – pole beans West Coast Seeds 2015
20 Beans Kentucky Wonder – pole beans West Coast Seeds 2015
21 Leek Lancelot Leek Veseys 2015
22 Fennel Finale West Coast Seeds 2015
23 Shallot Conservor Veseys 2014
24 Onion Kelsae onions West Coast Seeds 2015
25 Onion Red Beauty Onion Veseys 2014
26 Onion Talon Onion Veseys 2014
27 Onion Parade Onion Veseys 2014
28 Onion Red Baron Onion Veseys 2014
29 Tomato Plum Regal Tomato Veseys 2014
30 Tomato Tomatoberry Garden Tomato Veseys 2014
31 Tomato Indigo Rose 1-2 oz West Coast Seeds 2014
32 Tomato Yellow Pear 3-4 oz West Coast Seeds 2014
33 Tomato Jaune Flamme – 2-3 oz West Coast Seeds 2014
34 Tomato La Roma – 3-4 oz West Coast Seeds 2014
35 Tomato Black Cherry West Coast Seeds 2015
36 Tomato Old German Organic 2 lb West Coast Seeds 2015
37 Tomato Esterina Hybrid Organic – Cherry William Damn 2016
38 Cucumber Patio Snacker West Coast Seeds 2014
39 Cucumber Fanfare Veseys 2014
40 Cucumber Lemon West Coast Seeds 2015
41 Cucumber Crystal Apple William Damn 2015
42 Potato Amarosa Eagle Creek Farms 2015
43 Potato Pacific Russet Eagle Creek Farms 2015
44 Potato Linzer Delikatess Eagle Creek Farms 2015
45 Potato Norland Eagle Creek Farms 2015
46 Potato Shepody Eagle Creek Farms 2015
47 Potato Russet Burbank Eagle Creek Farms 2015
48 Potato Russian Blue Eagle Creek Farms 2015
49 Potato Cara Dale Calder 2015
50 Beet Kestrel West Coast Seeds 2014
51 Beet Chiggia West Coast Seeds 2014
52 Beet Touch stone Gold West Coast Seeds 2014
53 Lettuce Amish Deer Tongue West Coast Seeds 2015
54 Lettuce Buttercrunch West Coast Seeds 2015
55 Lettuce Darkness West Coast Seeds 2015
56 Lettuce Tinny Gem West Coast Seeds 2015
57 Arugula Grazia West Coast Seeds 2015
58 Arugula Dragon’s Tongue West Coast Seeds 2015
59 Melon Sugar baby West Coast Seeds 2015
60 Flowers Salad Blend Nasturium West Coast Seeds 2015
61 Flowers Night and Day Nasturium Mckenzie 2015
62 Flowers Fiesta Gitana calendula West Coast Seeds 2015
63 Flowers Pacific Beauty Mix Organic Calendula West Coast Seeds 2015
64 Flowers Zebulon Semi-Dwarf Sunflower West Coast Seeds 2015
65 Flowers California Poppy William Damn 2015
66 Parsley Humburg – Berliner William Damn 2015
67 Celery Cutting Leaf – Amsterdamn William Damn 2015
68 Flowers Ocean Foam Sweet Pea Mckenzie 2015
69 Flowers Sugar and Spice Sweet Pea Mckenzie 2015
70 Flowers Summer Love Mix Sweet Pea Burpee 2015
71 Flowers Barlows Doubles Mix Columbine Burpee 2015
72 Herbs Extra Curly Parsley Burpee 2015
73 Herbs Coriandrum sativum Cilantro Burpee 2015
74 Herbs Thyme Burpee 2015
75 Beans Golden Wax Beans Mckenzie 2015
76 Herbs Cinnamom Basil Mckenzie 2015
77 Herbs Bushy Spicy Globe Basil Mckenzie 2015
78 Herbs Summer Savory Mckenzie 2015
79 Herbs Sage Mckenzie 2015

See you in the Garden!

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Gardening Chit Chat


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February Garden Update

Well the tomato and pepper plants are starting to grow.  One thing I have to do differently next year, is not get excited about starting tomatoes way to early. I will start them in the first week of March instead of January 28th.

Here is my YouTube recap of how and what is growing…..

Enjoy and see you in the garden!

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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Gardening Chit Chat


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