The June Garden

Sunday I spent a couple of hours in the garden.

Harvested some chamomile and cleared out an area to plant more lettuce and radishes. Took a few moments to weave the tomato branches back into their cages. Trimmed the lower leaves on the kale, cabbage, and sunflowers to let some light in. Everything is luscious and big and I’m just trying to keep up.

The animals always enjoy my efforts, everyone got lots of kale and cabbage treats. With the sprinkler running, I can let the chickens and ducks out to roam a little. Still have to keep a close eye—those chickens will eff things up quickly.

I love the corners of the garden beds—where everything comes together.



2018 Spring’adingding

Spring is in full effect in Walla Walla.

So far, I have done an admirable job of sticking to my plan, keeping the chickens in, rebounding when they escape (and destroy!) and keeping the garden weeded. We relocated the raspberries, and I finally got all the sunflowers flung.

Look at all that texture!

2018 Varietals


  • Corno di Toro
  • Sishito
  • Snack Pack
  • Jalapeno
  • Gypsy
  • Thai Red
  • Fish
  • Bulgarian Carrot
  • Fatali


  • Yellow Bumbleebee
  • Chocolate Cherry
  • Amana Orange
  • Japanese Trifele
  • Rose De Berne
  • Green Zebra
  • Pink Caspian

Successes and Failures

  • Success: Finished my compost in time to use in all of my garden beds.
  • Success: I have amaranth growing! And cabbages! And potatoes!
  • Success: Things are still relatively simple!
    And I didn’t fall for a single cucumber or zucchini plant!
  • (mild) Failure: Only a third of the peas I planted germinated.
  • (potential) Failure: Two eggplants were really thrashed by the chickens.
  • Failure: Most of my zinnia starts are toast.

Peppers and Onions