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By Seth Connell Aquaponics is a wonderful way to grow lots of food in small spaces without any harmful chemicals. When most people hear the term they assume it deals with marijuana and abandon any interest. That needs to change. So, just what is aquaponics all about you ask? In a few words, aquaponics is […]

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Most people think of the town of Leavenworth, WA as a place to experience a bit of Bavarian life but there is also a lovely community garden to be explored.  

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By Garrettt Okrasinski Carrots are simply fun to grow. As the green stalks get bigger it fill my garden and my anticipation of chomping into a fresh carrot builds! Then I pull them and they are nothing like I imagined. This year my carrots are odd twisted and leggy looking. Oh well! The twists and […]

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Along with having a beautiful name Love in the Mist or Nigella damascena has many other uses.  This native to southern Europe self seeds prolifically so be ready to weed or put it in a place where it can run wild. With its deep jewel tones it’s easy to see how this flower has been popular […]

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I just harvested the onions I planted back in February.  The tops were turning yellow and flopping over a few days ago so I knocked the rest over and stopped watering to let them start to dry out while still in the soil.  Once they are pulled it’s important to let them dry completely before […]

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With our mild climate you really can eat fresh veggies all year but you need to start planning for your fall and winter garden now. This can be hard with a garden full of warm season favorites but it can be done. I just harvested my garlic, peas and onions so in the new bit […]

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Right now is a good time to harvest garlic.  Braiding it then hanging it in a cool, dark place is a great way to store it for later. First dry the garlic until the leaves are limp and the outside of the bulb is getting papery. Gently brush off the dirt and trim the roots off.  […]

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By Alex Jones Recently I took the plunge into the world of beekeeping with a 3lb package of bees from a local store. I got honey bees to help with my fruit tree and vegetable pollination. With poor fruit pollination over the past couple of seasons I thought the bees could be the missing link. […]

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By Garrett Okrasinski This year many of my friends and I intentionally hosted mason bees in our yards.  We provided a hive with deep holes and placed mason bee cocoons out in the early spring. Buzzing hard at work, they filled my yard with excitement. However the season has come to an end for our […]

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By Garrett Okrasinski The past few days in the Northwest have been beautiful but unusually warm and dry and my chickens and I are adjusting to the summer weather. The warmth feels great but in the summer months it is important to keep your chickens cool, happy and healthy. Recently when checked on my chickens […]

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