Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vashon Island garden plan...for a 750sq foot garden...

While everyone else in this country is freezing their tails off everyone who is West of the Cascades/Sierra Nevadas is doing alright (Alaska and Hawaii too!). 

So luck us today we pruned the apple trees, pulled roots from the garden, sent a package, priced out lumber for raised beds and went a bit nuts on my family.  But on this lovely January day the stuff of my fantasy life is mostly about gardening. 

So let me share with you the fantasy!

The green outline is the garden.  It is 750 square feet, but parts are very wet, uneven and parts of it still have a lot of roots that need pulled. As this is our first year in the house I am fairly certain it will be sunny their for the bulk of summer but I don't know what kind of light it gets in the spring...

Here's what needs done soonest...but they aren't exactly in order.

  • Ordering fencing and install - 
  • Keep hacking down the brush that is next to the garden but will eventually become lawn (the brush has to come down to allow maximal sun!
  • Having the brush man come and chip all the brush
  • Order seeds and start them under a grow light.

By April I hope to get at least one raised bed (the orange are raised beds) built. I don't know if we can afford more than one this year because the front end of fencing and chipping brush is costing us.  

If you look at the diagram you'll also notice that there are not things like carrots, potatoes, onions, etc. We don't have a goal to become self sufficient and are actually happy to let other people grow some of those things for us. We want to raise things that taste the best when they are home grown- we have never noticed a difference in the quality of those things when we raise them.

So that's what's up 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Vashon Island- some random links...

Did you ever see this- it's from National Geographic?    It's a cool little clip on milling for lumber in a sustainable way on Vashon...most of it looks filmed in Island Center forest.

Or Gluten Free Girl- who lives on Vashon and is quite the cookbook author!

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a lova how about a singing message? 

The fashion on Vashon is especially...ummm.   Well, you give me a description?!

Do you know there is an Orthodox Monastery on the Island?  Someone once told me they think Vashon is very religious. I would not say that...

So there you go.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Winter Fog on Vashon.

These photos look like they are black and white but the fog makes the colors seem much more dim.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Working on Island- the places to sit with your laptop on Vashon

This is not about getting a job on Vashon.  This is not about employment on Vashon.  Very simply this post contains tips for Islanders or Island visitors who need to get out of the house and sit in front of a computer and get some work done, or writing, or studying.

Here are my favorite places:

1. Cafe Luna

Why? lots of tables that are small, lots of outlets to plug the computer in (a computer with a low battery is a pet peeve of mine), great coffee, good lunch, fast wifi

Why not? It can be busy and loud.

2. Snapdragon

Why? Lots of tables that are small, cheap espresso, really good pastries and food, fireplace, their lounge chairs are comfortable

Why not? There is only one outlet in the entire place, the wireless has been finicky on me, again can be busy and loud

3. Library

Why? Good wifi, Quiet, large tables to spread out in.  Enough outlets, you don't have to pay to be there

Why not? No food, I actually find books very distracting as a lover of books a library is a dangerous place for me

4. Hardware Store

Why? Wifi, the right time of day (weekday mornings) you can spread out, meals, alcohol (nothing makes work better like a glass of red wine). Personally, I have never worked at the Hardware store, but my father-in-law has during several of his visits.

Why not? Do you really want wait-staff as you do your work? Being their during a busy time is just rude.

5. Vashon Island Roasterie

Why? No wifi- sometimes we don't really need the internet, great coffee, if people don't know you they probably won't talk to you

Why not? No wifi, not much seating with tables, and really I don't think this place wants people there working on their computers. It's just not the vibe.

So were are the places on Island where you go when you need to get work done out of the house?