PNW Gardening forum: 4th of July Week

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ImageGwen
Jul 4, 2010 5:36 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Is everyone getting quality time in their gardens? I've been out there a bit every day. I'm putting up a new chicken run on one end of the potager. That's about 1/3 done.

I'm also working really hard on getting all the plants that are in pots into the ground. Which involves a lot of weeding to clear spaces. We're due for a 'heat wave' (70s and 80s) this week so I need to get the irrigation hooked up in the areas I planted recently so I don't spend all my time watering!

So much to do! Tomorrow will be devoted to getting another third of the chicken run finished and some drip irrigation hooked up. Hopefully!
Imagemauryhill
Jul 5, 2010 11:45 PM CST
Name: Holly Boyajian
Vashon, Washington
Kudos to you, Gwen, for so diligently getting those plants in the ground. I truly need to work on that project as well. How do those potted plants waiting for a home seem to multiply in droves?

I'm just beginning to get some time out in my garden. Wouldn't you know it is going to go directly from too cold and damp to too hot, with blazing sun. I am definitely not acclimated.
ImageGwen
Jul 6, 2010 10:47 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
I will not do well in the heat at all. Anything over 70 really is too hot for me. Jim loves it hot and is already planning to sleep outside (we have 2 twin beds on our porch).

But I'll be out there working since I have so much to get done. I just move around all day so I'm always in the shade!

Also, I have drip tubing to lay out and it's quite rigid. The sun and heat will soften it and make it much easier to lay out, so I plan to work on that as much as possible to take advantage of the rare bit of sun/heat. Who knows how long it'll last!

There will be frequent breaks to come inside and drink something cold. I invent things I need to come inside for when I need a break. "Oh, I think I'll go look up that plant on the internet." ;)
ImageOregonlady
Jul 10, 2010 4:31 PM CST
Name: Jan MacKay
Toledo, Oregon
I am trying to picture what a chicken run is. I see chickens on leashes with an overhead line. heheh. I am sure that isn't the case but that was the first picture that came into my mind. Heheh
Yep, the weather has been perfectly HOT!! here on the coast and I am sure it is more so inland. I'm not complaining mind you, just making a statement. I love the dry weather but I would prefer a more gradual heat increase and not so flipping hot. I know, I know, complain, complain. Its just that I left Tombstone, AZ to get away from the heat. I would like it to be about 70 degrees, a little breeze and a nice pina colada to sip in the shade. Heheh, Oh well, I can dream if I want to. Hehe
ImageGwen
Jul 12, 2010 11:04 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
You lived in Tombstone?!?!? Wow, what did you do there? I've been there and it really seems that other than the touristy part of town, there'd be nothing to do there! I probably did not see the 'real' tombstone tho.

My dad is from Douglas. I've been there a number of times. My favorite place near there is Bisbee. A few years back I was lucky enough to go on the Bisbee garden tour and it was so much fun. The gardens there are so unique.

A chicken run is an enclosure where the chickens can be out of their coop and roam around. The bigger the better. Our chickens spend the summer months in a coop out in the potager. They're used to a lot of freedom and are not real happy in the new run, which is not 100% freedom. Atho it's larger than most people's runs, once chickens get a taste of 'real' freedom, they're not really happy with diminished digs. For a few weeks, they were withholding eggs in protest but now we're back up to the regular amount, so I guess they're resigned. I think seeing all the veggies just out of reach is a problem as well! LOL

It's raining today! I can't believe it. It was supposed to be in the low 70s all week. I'm with you on the 70 degrees, breeze, and a pina colada!
ImageMaryE
Jul 13, 2010 8:42 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Gwen, I'm trying to remember where Langley is. Whidby Island I think. I was in Mt Vernon last weekend for the Celtic festival and games, then on Sunday we drove to Salem Or, then Monday home to far eastern Oregon. Monday was cloudy but we didn't get into any rain. However, the wind was howling up the gorge, thankfully going the same way we were, saving us some gas and $.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageGwen
Jul 14, 2010 6:57 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Mary, Yes, Langley is on Whidbey, on the south end. I love Mt. Vernon. I go up there quite a bit. I'll be up there next week, in fact. Christenson's Nursery is a favorite nursery. Altho expensive, it has such lovely plants and all in great condition.

Where abouts in eastern OR are you? We have a family cabin in McKenzie Bridge. We hope to retire near there someday, possibly in the Eugene area. Altho Ashland would be perfect because it's halfway between the cabin and the bay area where all my family lives. We have relatives in Bend and like that area as well. Boy, has Bend grown in recent years!
ImageMaryE
Jul 14, 2010 8:09 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I live about 40 miles from LaGrande. We lived near Bend before we moved here, left in the early 90's when the place started to turn into little California. We like the slower pace here much better.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageGwen
Jul 14, 2010 10:05 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
That's a good description of Bend - LOL

We almost moved there a long time ago. But when I called around to see about working (I'm a court reporter), people were pretty rude and came straight out and said don't move here, we don't need more reporters, we don't need people from California.

We went there to a resort with our kids back around 1992. Then we went again in the late '90s after my in-laws moved there (from Calif) and boy, was it ever changed since '92.

One place I really love is Sisters. Whenever we go to our cabin, I always go over to Sisters for the day.
ImageMaryE
Jul 14, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
When we moved there, it was a sleepy little town of about 17,000, with a depressed real estate market which enabled us to buy a nice bit of acreage at a good price. When we left, the market had gone totally nuts. We sold to a fellow from NY state who had inherited several million $, with more money than brains, he let the place run down and has sold it again. The people from Calif (and some other places) moved in by the thousands, brought their money and their better-than-you attitudes, the prices of everything rose so much the locals could hardly afford to live there. Then when they started running the city and county governments like they had where they came from, we decided it was time to find a better place.

We had fully expected to spend the rest of our lives there, so it was quite disappointing to see that happen in just a few years. When I drive through there now I can hardly find my way around because the place has built up so much, shopping centers where there were fields, hillsides covered with houses instead of trees, etc. I will not drive past our old place, I know it would not make me happy to see it.

I know some nice people from California too, so I'm not down on all of them.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageGwen
Jul 14, 2010 3:33 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Yeah, it really happened fast there! It's happened in this area too. I'd like to stay here, but feel the same way you do about what it's become.

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