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My co-founder and I (Crystal and Janelle – the goofballs in the selfie photo) were talking about what was going to replace the neighborhood paper route, side businesses that are neighborhood-centric. We loved the cheeky idea that folks can have a side “yard” business if they have an urban farm! It is one of our […]

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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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What to do with those hop cones ripening on your vine?  Making beer is the first thing that comes to people’s minds as this plant is what gives brews their distinctive bitter flavor but there’s a lot more you can do! What exactly is hops? Hops are hardy perennials that can grow up to 26 […]

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Winterize Your Honeybees

By Garrett Okrasinski I have been lucky enough to inherit a honey bee hive through a friend. It was moved to my property about three months ago and seems to be thriving. I did a hive inspection after the move and was surprised nothing was damaged in the transportation of the hive. The top bar […]

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As many of you know I recently started working with the Washington State Department of Health and three days a week I am based near Olympia. Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Bush Prairie CSA Farm. This farm was first settled by George and Isabella Bush in 1845 and the rich land has been […]

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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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