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Save Time for Sweet Peas!

These are Spencer Sweet Peas. I start sweet pea seeds in January for a strong show of gorgeous flowers from late June through July.  Sweet Peas are needy.  Time, space, support, a lot of  water and nutrients (this is where our chickens come in handy 😊).

Sweet Peas need to be picked often or they will flower, decide they have done their job, then go to seed on you!  I pick ours every two days and change out the flowers at our farm table on Goebel Hill Road accordingly.  I pick Sweet Peas into water with flower food (water with a little sugar helps, too) because they last a few days longer that way when kept in a cool house.  Please feel free to take the jar with you.  If you don’t need it, return it next time and we will wash and reuse it.

Our Harry, Joyce Stanton, Betty Maiden

These delicate Sweet Peas smell like heaven and have such romantic names they have captured my attention my whole life.  They appear to be THE flower of England.  There are Sweet Pea shows and competitions over there, kind of like what we Americans do with dahlias!

Sweet Peas at Goebel Hill Farm

Molly Rilston, Dynasty, Gwendoline

Awhile ago several family members and I sprang for one of those popular DNA tests.  I was surprised to find that I’m predominantly British and Irish;  so this explains my commitment to Sweet Peas! LOL!

I buy my Spencer Sweet Pea seed from the UK at either Owl’s Acres or King’s Seed.  Recently Floret Flowers up in the Skagit Valley started offering Spencer Sweet Peas seed for sale, too; buying local is always good.  You can also save your own seed with a little planning ahead.  We will have Sweet Peas for a few more weeks, so be sure to stop by the stand on Goebel Hill Road for a bouquet to enjoy this summer.

Installing our Recycled Barn Floor!

Our barn in Granite Falls, Washington was built around 1924 and is on the Washington Historic Barn Register.  Because of this, we had the opportunity to acquire salvaged materials from another historic barn that was being demolished by the City of Tukwila We were offered the salvaged 2 x 12-inch old growth fir decking from the Ray-Carrossino Farmstead Barn located an hour South of us along the Duwamish River. 
Cody and Bear holding down the decking

Cody and Bear holding down the decking

The catch was….we had to move it fast!  So we hired Easy Hauling in Granite Falls and she met us with a big trailer at the Tukwila site next to the Duwamish River.  The truck driver gal, my husband and I loaded the salvaged 2 x 12-inch old growth fir barn floor decking onto the trailer and hauled it home. Some of the lumber is over 20 feet long and it… is … AWESOME.  
Dirt floor

Dirt floor

That was in the summer of 2015.  My husband and I stewed for a year about how to install this beautiful floor decking over the 450 square foot section of dirt inside our barn.  That dirt floor drove me crazy.  It was soooo…well.…DIRTY!  We finally came up with a plan and for the last three weeks we have been busy hauling gravel and installing the decking into our barn.

Packing the gravel

Newly poured curb

Newly poured curb

2 X 12 in fir

2×12 Fir Decking

The floor turned out perfect!  It’s beefy and rugged – you could drive on it!  It  means a lot to us to be able to offer a future to a little piece of history from the Carrossino Brother’s barn. We are thrilled to be able to reuse the beautiful old growth fir trees that the flooring is made from.  We love it!  How about you?
The Finished Floor