Monday, November 7, 2011

End of Growing Season

Well fall is in the air. Low temperatures have been reaching low 20's up here at Snowshoe Inn. I am done with winterizing irrigation systems for my customers now. If you know someone that needs there irrigation systems winterized still, have them drop me an e-mail. I own my own air compressor and I keep it available to mid December. I will be starting landscape fall clean up now. I will continue with fall clean up until the real cold weather returns for true winter weather.

Friday, September 16, 2011


I just visited the National Weather Services long range forecast web page. They are currently predicting a Normal winter this year. It also suggests a late spring. Winter can be long and in the best of times. Spring is often so slow to come in Central Oregon. Once again, I suggest think spring bulbs. Daffodils, crocus, etc tell us it will get warmer someday soon. Bulbs are in the garden centers now, let me know if I can help you. I have already planted a few bulbs for customers this season. Better to get them in the ground early while selection is good.

I will be receiving my order of garlic at the end of September. I have been having fun planting garlic in landscapes last season and will continue to do that this season. Garlic is a small plant that does not take up much space in garden. It is fun to know that it came from your own garden.

The past two winters I have been growing my own greens in my basement grow room. Each morning I pick enough greens for that night salads. It can be done quite easily with a heating pad, few flats and a florescent light fixture. For the two of us I grow two flats sowing one each month throughout the winter and spring. This season I am trying micro greens. micro greens are mustard plants that are harvest at about 2 inches tall to add a little spice to my winter salads. Much like sprouts.

Remember fall is one of the best seasons in Central Oregon, cool nights and warm days. Get out end enjoy while you can.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Time for Spring bulbs

Winter can be SO long in Central Oregon. Spring bulbs can be a way to know the cold days of winter are slowly coming to an end. The bright yellow of daffodils, color full crocus, are a refreshing change to the drab winter days. Just remember tulips are candy for deer and squirrels. If I can be of assistance on this matter please contact me. September is the best month to get them into the garden. For those who are interested in a more culinary garden plant think garlic. I grew my first garlic this season and will be planting more in my garden this season. The selection of varieties is great and flavor is much better than the ones we get in stores.

Summer is ending but remember our secret. Late summer and fall are the best time of the year. Cool clear nights, and warm days. As I sit in my office and type this it is clear and 29 degrees at Snowshoe Inn. Enjoy!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall is in the air

Winters are long and spring comes so slow in Central Oregon. Spring bulbs are a great way to remind you that winter will soon be over with. It is now time to be planting spring bulbs in Central Oregon. Think daffodils, crocus, alliums, grape hyanthinis. These are all great bulbs for our part of the world. If you with to feed the deer and squirrel plant tulips. As much as I love tulips they are not a good choice for Central Oregon. If I can be of help feel free to contact me.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Even toughter season

Many of my customers know I am the primary care giver for my mother. Since Christmas her health has been declining. She has her good days and not so good days. The ups and downs have been hard, but they also has helped bring us closer together. Her time with us is now short. I want to thank everyone for the understanding they have given me. I am making every effort to minimize the impact on my business. Family is very important to me.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tough Winter

I am a little bit of a data junkie. Six years ago I bough myself a Davis Instruments weather station. With six years of data I am now able to calculate averages and deviations from average weather. April 2011 had the lowest mean daily temperature in six years of data. It was also the 2nd wettest year in six years of data, 2010 was the wettest. What does this mean? As the investment brokers say past performance does not predict future performance. It says what we all know, it was a very cool and wet April. The forecast for the first week of May looks better. It was 102 in my greenhouse before I opened the door and turned on the fans. May be spring is on the way. Now time to green up the landscapes and get out and enjoy the sun!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Thatch Lawns

I am working a quickly as weather will permit me to complete spring cleanups. I will be starting irrigation systems as soon as soil temperatures reach 40 to 45 degrees. Grass does not grow when soil temperatures are below that range, no use wasting the water. I plan to begin thatching lawns on or about May 6th through May 14th. Contact me for a quote and schedule your lawn.

Is Spring Here?

It has been a long and drawn out winter, actually it has been two winters up here. We had a great early winter with good snow for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then a warm and wet January. Much of the first early winter snows melted. Finally the second winter started in mid February with 24 inches of snow over 4 days. The second winter has continued until a few days ago when warm weather returned and snow began to melt again. We are down to about a foot of snow in the more open areas and scattered bare ground in the heavily forested areas. Several years ago I planted some snow drops. here is my first snow drop of the season. May be spring is on the way but winter does not give up with out a fight. Today April 2ND and the day was sunny and snow off an on, high temperature was 34 degrees. I sowed my first rotation of spring vegetables in the greenhouse today. I plan to sow more in two weeks.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oregon Tilth-Orgainic Land Care

Each year I try to keep learning. Last January I attended a week long training sponcered by Oregon Tilth training for Organic Land Care. It is only the second time It has been offered in Oregon. Lots of good ideas on how to manage my customer's landscapes to help them be healthy and more safe. Come back soon as I share more of what I learned.