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Chicken pasties, designer mulled lemonade, buskers and juicy produce; the Bellingham Farmer’s Market has it all.  Yesterday under the glorious sunshine we got a chance to visit this vibrant place.      

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Pressed Flowers

I love to press spring flowers then use them on cards or on stationery.  My favorite plants to press are Johnny jump ups, Bleeding heart and variegated hops but almost any thin flower will do. If you want something like calendula then you need to press the petals separately; if you try and dry the […]

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“I will trade you a basket for that garlic aioli.” I said with conviction.  “Done!” said the woman next to a row of promising jars.  This month’s Backyard Barter fair was held at the Ballard library and featured a range of delicious and interesting things to trade; tangy pickled brussel sprouts, Elaine Corets’ quince paste, […]

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Time to Make Wreaths

The days are getting longer and the snow drops are blooming.  It’s time to make wreaths.  You can make wreaths out of any kind of flexible thin branches.  Here’s how to do it.  Snow drops! Find a weeping willow tree that you can trim. Cut then bundle the thin branches for easy transport. Take one […]

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Time to Harvest Nettles!

Nettles are an amazingly versatile plant; the young shoots are high in protein and vitamins, the older plant can be used to make fiber and the leaves and roots can be used at any time to make a green dye. Right now is a good time to harvest the young tender leaves.  To find this valuable plant, look for […]

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Do you want to keep animals out of your growing space or just make another garden room? Rustic fences are great ways to do this. First take a garden hose or thick rope and lay out where you want the fence to go.  Doing this allows you to move the line around until you find something that looks […]

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I just trimmed my redwood dogwoods to get basket making supplies and decided to use the larger branches to make a border for a flower and herb bed.            

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I went to Sustainable Northeast’s Hands on Skills Fair and learned how to make another type of basket from the wonderful Sue McGann.  To do this we used reeds purchased on-line and things Sue had collected.  All the materials need to stay damp so they bend more easily. First cut slits in four of the […]

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“Oh there’s a hole in my sock dear Liza, dear Liza…”  Wait, wrong song but the hole definitely is in my daughter’s sock;  we’ve all moved to mainly wool socks and with each pair running about eighteen dollars it’s time to darn that hole. First turn the sock inside out and put something round into the […]

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This is a bit out of the usual subject matter for an urban ag site but hey, anyone doing gardening knows that you run across a lot of rocks.  Might as well use them for something good! Here are step by step instructions for making necklaces from small stones. To start you will need a few basic […]

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