March in Like a Lion

My Fickle Friend -- March March came in like a lion in north Idaho. Our overnight temperatures dipped into the single digits, and windchill forced minus figures. As I write, it's a balmy 16 degrees with blizzard-like conditions blowing outside the … [Read more...]

Heirloom Tomato and Vegetable Plants for Sale!

The 2014 Heirloom Plant Line-Up is Posted! As I write this, old man Winter still has a tight grip on us -- more than 6 inches of snow has once again blanketed the garden. Yet, his icy grip will slowly loosen as the days lengthen, and we slip and … [Read more...]

Countdown to Spring!

The first round of seed packets arrived in the mail this past week from Baker Creek. It's a little like Christmas -- anticipating the package delivery, opening it, and being so delighted by the colorful seed packets, and all the promise that each … [Read more...]

A Mid-Winter’s Plan

After a very dry December and January, it looks as though winter has finally arrived in Coeur d'Alene. A lovely blanket of snow has finally covered the garden and will help to insulate the ground against the bitter-cold temps that are predicted for … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Coeur d'Alene Coop & Second Street Chicken Ranch! 2013 was a good year for the Second Street Chicken Ranch.  We grew and sold hundreds of heirloom tomato plans at the Kootenai County Farmer's Market (and we'll be doing it … [Read more...]

The Summer Garden

The Summer Garden The gardens at the 2nd Street Chicken Ranch are in full bloom and happily abuzz.  The perennial garden is blazing with the fiery golds, purples and whites of the echinacea, rudbeckia, yarrow, and gooseneck … [Read more...]

Kootenai County Farmer’s Market Opens

Kootenai County Farmer's Market Opens Saturday! The kick-off to gardening season begins this Saturday, May 11 with the opening of the Kootenai County Farmer's Market.  The market, a non-profit organization,  has been serving Kootenai County for 27 … [Read more...]

How to Harden Off Tomato Plants

Time to Harden Off  the Tomato Plants The tomato seedlings at the 2nd Street Chicken Ranch have enjoyed all the comforts of  home and have been growing nicely in a constant 67 degree room filled with filtered sunlight.  Pampered for sure.  However … [Read more...]

The Heirloom Grow-Operation

The Great Tomato Takeover This is my third year in growing heirloom tomato plants from seed, and by far, my most ambitious.  Last week I completed the task of transplanting the tiny seedlings into individual pots -- 454 of them. When I tell … [Read more...]

Growing Heirloom Tomato Plants from Seed

Starting Heirloom Tomatoes from Seed is Easy! Note: This article was originally posted March 18, 2013. The links have been updated for 2014.  Last week I started 25 varieties of heirloom tomato plants from seed; planting more than 500 seeds!  It … [Read more...]