For 2022 we are really expanding our garden and possibly adding in some chickens later in the year. We are garden zone 8b in the Pacific Northwest located in the Seattle area. Our weather is wet a lot of the year and we have been effected by wild fire smoke in the summer. Our last frost date is mid-May so a lot of our summer crops are either planted around Mother’s Day or I baby them with some sort of covering if I get impatient. We did purchase some new supplies as part of our expansion so I thought I would list out what it is we are using. We are not affiliates with all of the companies listed below except for Amazon. Some items were bought at Costco but if I can find a similar one on Amazon I will link it. Enjoy!
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I get most of my seeds from Territorial Seeds. They are a PNW company located in Oregon which is close enough to Washington that a lot of their varieties are bred to grow in our climate. I also have bought some of my rarer seeds from Baker Creek.
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This year I bought several large Birdies beds from Epic Gardening as well as some netting, inoculant and frames from Amazon. We bought our fertilizer from Costco I believe a couple of years ago. Epic Gardening and Territorial Seed both have natural fertilizer listed on their sites but I have not tried them so I don’t know how well they work. The best thing to do for fertilizer is to test your soil and check with your local garden store (not a big box one) to see what they recommend.
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Raised Garden Beds – These ones on Amazon are similar to the ones I bought from Epic.
Hardware Cloth – We bought this to line our beds with to prevent rodents from digging up from the bottom.
Row Cover – This is to help fight the cabbage butterflies that decimated our brassica plants last year.
Cloche – These are used to cover our summer crops I planted a little early and protect them on cold nights.
A-frame plant support – We are using these in the beds for our vining plants to extend the space.
Inoculant – This helps our beans get a head start on growing.
Craft Sticks – I use these to label plants. They are biodegradable and break down after about a year or so. The kids also use them for crafting.
Seed Starting Tray – I needed more of these. I put the pots or cups inside so I can water from the bottom.
Grow Bags – I use these as an inexpensive way to add extra garden space where I can’t necessarily put beds in year round.
Pruning Sheers – I needed another pair of these. I did buy them at Costco but here are the ones I bought at Amazon.
The only thing missing from this list is soil. We do a mixture of bags of soil from Costco and if we need more than enough to fill a few pots we will either go pick up a truck load or have some delivered. The best thing to do for soil is ask around maybe in your local gardening group on Facebook and see who has the best soil in your area.
We are very excited to see how our garden will do this year and look forward to showing everyone our progress. This week I am getting the large beds in and ready for soil hopefully over the weekend. How is your garden coming along this year?
Thank you for reading and happy gardening!