2020 Coastal Garden Planning – How We’re Evolving

Last year’s shell peas went ballistic – but it was definitely a learning experience!

Wow I can’t believe it’s almost March!!

Gardening is very different now that we live in the cooler climate of the North Oregon Coast, and because of that, my initial urge to do things like seed starting and the like has had been postponed because of lessons learned from our first full gardening cycle last year after moving out here in the summer of 2018 (our – sniff sniff – gardenless year).

One of the key things that helped us acclimate was through our trips to and from Portland. Walking around the neighborhoods there, we were able to see for example that daffodils were already in bloom several weeks ago, while here the first blooms are just occurring. Along with that, after our first full growing season here on the North Coast, knowing that the special thing called Wind makes anything involving trellises require much more stabilizing than it ever did back in the big smoke.

Our semi-detached hothouse-of-sorts, converted from what was a  ‘hot tub shed’ that was added on in the 1980s and now a great place to do seed starting, overwinter certain plants, and enjoy a sunny spring day before it’s actually warm enough outside to truly bask!

Along with that, I paid attention to when goodies arrived in the nurseries out there versus here. As the cool organic, locally grown, highest-quality starts are primarily in my favorite nurseries in Portland rather than at the sadly GMO-ridden places out here, I took advantage of their earlier arrivals and brought them home to hang out in our little hothouse (pictured above) before planting them in our raised beds.

This book rocks.

I also took the time to log when things began growing, not just in our veggie garden but also in the ornamentals around the property, to see what did well here and what struggled or even went kaput. The book above, while I only read it once, had a great journal area for biweekly notes on everything from temperature to wind speed to what of course was in bloom. SO helpful to look back on this year and see what to (somewhat) expect.

So here we are, early March, and we’re just getting started. Peas are finally getting planted – shell peas with seeds saved from last year’s harvest, along with some new varieties of snow and snap peas – and spinach & buttercrunch lettuce have just been sown as well, along with the calendula that will surround and protect our potatoes while adding a bit of pretty to that bed.

Let the fun begin…!

2 thoughts on “2020 Coastal Garden Planning – How We’re Evolving

  1. This reminds me of when we first moved over to central oregon. What an amazing learning process that was in the gardening realm! I have been gardenless for several years now, since going nomadic. Though while we spent a part of a summer in the Durango COlorado area I got to volunteer to help the local food bank get there garden whipped back into shape and producing again (they had lost their regular volunteer for that) , and then this last summer while we were in Seattle I had work helping a friend get and keep her garden into shape as well. SO i have gotten to dabble! Imagining either of us without some form of gardening is pretty tough, eh? Maybe that’s why I have house plants dispite the small space and have been eyeing the window above the kitchen sink and wondering what would work to make a road hardy greenhouse window for that spot! We will be back over in Central Oregon this summer, while Mark works for the local land management company for the campgrounds, and though we don’t know which spot we will be put yet, i finally realized that I will be able to put together some form of container garden in our camp site! Yay! now to just figure out how to deter the ground squirrels and chipmonks – you should have seen what they did to my mum in those woods one year! Happy almost Spring, my friend, may your garden flourish and fill you with delight.


  2. Hopefully everything helps to make your garden flourish this year! Moving to a new location can cause so much confusion at first! By the by, thanks for reminding me to write my own observations from today down; we raked out the garden to prep it today, but I was so tired afterwards I completely forgot about recording what’s greening, budding, and blooming already!

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