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Seed Starting

Here’s some more information on starting seeds.  Right now is a great time to get seeds going for warm season crops like tomatoes and for cool season crops that need a little boost like collards.  While cool season crops can be direct sowed soon I find that doing starts let’s me get a bit of a […]

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This year’s warm weather has brought the flowers out in full glory.    

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When I first started gardening I tossed seeds in the soil and hoped they would grow. Over the years I’ve grown a bit more scientific and have added a pH testing kit to my set of tools. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic something is. Seven is neutral–numbers less than seven are acidic while numbers greater are […]

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This year is a warm one so far and it’s hard not to succumb to the lure of the seed catalogs and rush out and plant everything.  Unfortunately this may lead to a lot of rotten seed in the ground and a need to replant. To avoid this disappointment it’s important to read the package […]

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My soil certainly looked good; rich brown, crumbly with a nice loamy smell but what was really there? Do I have lead in my soil? Does it have nutrients to grow healthy plants? This year I finally got my trowel out, shot out of the house on a cold February day and dug up samples from several […]

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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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