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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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Why grow onions when they are pretty cheap at the store?  Because they taste better! There are many different shapes, sizes and even colors of onions and most can be pulled young as green onions. I like to plant my onions when the crocuses are blooming; they are a cool season crop and do best when planted […]

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I knew it was time for a change when looking in the backyard all I could think was “a field of poo”.  Leo is a prodigious producer and the chickens were cranking out the smelly stuff at an alarming rate.  I would be skinned alive if a hair on the dog’s beloved head was touched […]

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Chickens!

“Yum!  Fresh eggs are here again!” said my daughter with joy.  When the hens start laying spring is just around the corner. If you’ve ever thought of getting chickens now is a good time to get ready.  With a little preparation they are very easy to raise and the eggs and manure are great to have.  […]

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For seeds to grow there needs to be the right combination of light, soil temperature, nutrients and moisture.  Here in our cool Northwest climate one of the main things is waiting until the soil is really warm enough for germination to occur. Spring crops need soil temperatures in the 50’s to 60’s while summer crops need […]

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The Portage Bay Grange on Roosevelt in the University District, is a great place to learn skills, pick up high quality feed, get new chicks and meet great people interested in urban farming. Here’s an interview with owner and founder Kevin Scott-Vandenberge. UFH – What path led you to opening the Grange? My wife-partner Kirsten […]

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It’s that time of year when the seed catalogs start pouring in.  Glossy pictures showing burgeoning beets and luscious tomatoes make me forget January rains as I dream of the harvest to come.  Just as I was about to lose myself to their siren call I got a text message from my neighbor suggesting we […]

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2014 was a great urban farming year!  A mild winter and warm summer boosted yields and best of all Kathleen and I got a chance to connect with more readers both virtually and in-person. Each year it’s interesting to look back through the analytics and see what posts were on top. Here are the top […]

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Growing garlic is very easy and is a great thing to plant if you have big summer plans that are going to keep you out of the garden. There are softneck and hardneck varieties of garlic; the softneck grow best in a colder climate and are easy to braid.  I usually do some of both.  […]

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With shorter days, cool winds and rainy weather it’s time to put part of my garden to bed for the winter.  I am sad to let summer with its glorious brilliance go but the soil needs to rest and rebuild.  I have a few plots planted with winter herbs and vegetables and will soon plant […]

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