Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Year 2014

Well, I guess it was inevitable that 2014 would roll around with a lot of things left to do on the checklist. Here in the Northwest we have had the benefit of the Puget Sound to keep our low temperatures just above freezing and our highs in the low 50s while the rest of the country has been dealt another round of freezing weather.

So I looked out at the bees (our remaining hive) and they are still alive. I added a mouse guard on the hive to avoid what I believe was the main reason that the other hive perished. They of course are still balled up waiting for spring to roll around. In November I placed a sugar pile on top and they have gone through about half of that pile. If they finish off the sugar I will take the frozen honey (from the hive that perished) and place it into the hive once they finish the sugar pile.

I was also able to finish the 2014 garden plan and not a moment too soon as I already have to start some starts next week, inside (just the artichoke). It looks like I have to go out and get some new seeds as I used up a few from last year.


  1. I started my artichoke seeds a week ago, and 6 of 8 have sprouted. I'm excited, it's my first time trying artichokes. I want to vernalize them so I can harvest first year, hopefully our cool weather lasts long enough. (It should) I like your garden plan, very thorough!

  2. Thank you. One thing to point out about the artichoke is that even if you vernalize them you'll still get an ok harvest (one main head and 2-3 off shoot heads). In the northwest due to our cold winters (for artichokes less than 32 is cold) they usually act as an annual instead of the perennial that they are. However if you give them 2-3 feet of leaf debris after the stalk dies back in fall then they'll survive the winter (make sure the leaves can still get some light) and produce an even larger crop the following year. Good luck artichokes are great to eat and also great to let them bloom for the bees to visit.