The greenhouse is at 40 percent capacity now and filling up fast! As you know, this gardening website is not the product of a large, commercial nursery – it’s just to show what can be done with minimal space and a bit of effort.

And here are more of the youngsters – still too young and tender to go into the greenhouse. Lots of tomatillos, peppers, onions and more!

It was a warm spring day here in Port Orchard, Washington, so I took the babies out for some sun. This weekend, the temperatures may hit near 70 degrees, so it’s going to be a good weekend for these young starts!

Getting the main rhubarb and asparagus garden weeded and fertilized. Started this before I got sick and puttered around out there for a while today, but couldn’t handle it much with this horrible cold.

Today I started work in the main garden. I tackled the crop circle yesterday (post coming soon!). This work involved uncovering the garden, which has been tarped over all winter. Once exposed, I brought in many, many wheelbarrow loads of chicken compost, which we’ve been composting for a year … You can see the bright green ground nearest the camera – that is an area where I ran out of black visqueen and used clear plastic. Nope, that didn’t work very well …

Those of you who know me well know that I just love time-lapse videos. Probably because it makes the work I do look so fast and easy! Here’s a fun little time lapse of when I tilled my garden today, after six hours of back-breaking weeding …. enjoy! And be sure to check out throughout the year!

Today, I found this artichoke growing out of one of our compost piles! It’s about three times larger than the ones in the greenhouse! Guess I’ll just leave it there … dinner on a stick!

It’s officially on now … the main garden is planted. I’m doing something wild and different this year. Those of you who follow my gardens know that I have tons of tomatoes in this garden. Well, time to give it a rest. This garden will mainly be squash, peppers and onions. Yes, there are a few beans, a few cherry tomatoes and some cucumbers, but mainly – squash, peppers and onions. :) It’s looking beautiful … not a weed in sight … yet … :)

It took more than nine back-breaking hours of weeding, but the crop circle is now nearly ready for planting! All I need to do is add another yard-and-a-half of composted chicken manure and rototill it in. You can clearly see that I’ve already started planting in the center area – had some plants that just couldn’t wait. I’m hoping that I can amend the soil tomorrow, till it, and start planting. We had an 80-degree day here today which, for the Pacific Northwest, is almost hotter than hell. But the garden is loving it! I won’t comment on my sunburns.

These are the zucchini I planted this year, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they do. It’s my first year to try these. I can tell you that so far, I’m very impressed with the plants. They germinated quickly and strongly, and are handling our weird Pacific Northwest weather just fine … it’s been almost 90 degrees one week, and in the low 60’s the next … I am getting a good feeling about these. I’ve shared some plants with some friends, and can’t wait to hear how they do with them.

Every year, we get more oregano than we can ever use. I harvested this today, and it’s about about 1/20 of what we have. If you want oregano, come and get it! A batch like this (pictured) should probably last you a year … it’s very easy to dry and store. And we have lots!!! But of course, if you want to grow it yourself, just buy a start from a nursery or home improvement store, put it in an area where it will have room to grow and spread (full sun, light soil) and soon, you’ll have THIS problem – too much oregano!

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