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This glorious hot summer is bringing out the plants in full force!  Just harvested the wheat and oats and the tomatoes are coming along nicely.  What is doing well in your garden this year?

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Flax!

Flax seeds add a nice nutritious nutty flavor to many dishes and the fibrous stalks can be spun into fiber.  Growing this plant in the Northwest is so easy that it’s almost seen as a weed. First grow the flax: Once it has matured and the seed pods are fully formed, harvest it and let […]

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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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Time to Mulch

Doesn’t the word “mulch” have a great sound to it?  It means to apply a layer of material to your soil to conserve water, prevent weeds and to increase the richness of your soil.  Right now is a great time to do all of these things as the weather will be hot and dry for the next […]

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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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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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The last couple of weeks I have been in the West African country of Mali doing work for my master’s degree.  My first day in country, on the way from my house to call a taxi at the paved road, a woman working in a small garden plot called out the morning greeting of “I […]

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Walking outside late June the smell of clary sage and lavender is everywhere and the sound of bees does fill the air.                  

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Fennel

The herb fennel is so plentiful and grows so well in the Pacific Northwest that some people think of it as a weed and do their best to eradicate it. Horrors!  This plant is useful from its seeds to its roots and should be cherished! According to Wikipedia this herb was well known to the […]

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Edible Flowers

Many of the flowers that grace our yards are edible.  They can be used as accents in a salad or as garnish on a main dish. Here are a few of my favorites: I like to use chive flowers in salads to lend a slightly onion flavor.  Here’s a recipe for omelets with chive flowers. Lavender cookies are […]

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