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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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Happy 2014 Fall Equinox!

I woke up this morning with a cool breeze coming through the window and a lingering smell of baked apples from last night’s dinner permeating the house.  Today is the Fall Equinox or Mabon on the pagan calendar, and it’s the start of my favorite time of year; I love the clear light, overflowing farmer’s […]

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“Those pumpkins are going to invade Puyallup” said a small boy looking in awe at a pair of Atlantic Giant Pumpkins on display in the Agriculture building at this year’s Washington State Fair.  I had to agree that he had a point; they were huge and had the misshapen look of something about to morph […]

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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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This week I visited the 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living in Woodinville, Washington.  This farm is a nonprofit learning center and living laboratory that focuses on organic agriculture, sustainable living and green building technologies. I started my tour with a visit to the farmer’s market. “Working here I’m beginning to understand […]

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Elaine’s yard is glorious!  Every inch is bursting with unusual herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruit and juicy, succulent tomatoes.  Back in March when I first visited it was all carefully placed beds and dreams; look below to see how those dreams have come true.  

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Hydrangeas!

Each morning I take a walk and take pictures of whatever flowers are in season. The last few weeks have I have seen so many different shapes, sizes and colors of hydrangeas.  These showy flowers come in mop or pom-pom heads or in lacecaps and they can be tucked in to a pot or allowed to […]

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Dahlias!

These showy flowers are very easy to grow from tubers planted in the spring and they brighten up the mid-summer garden with amazing blooms. Thanks to The Garden Hotline for this great info: “Dahlias ARE edible! The petals from the flowers are delicious in salads. They taste like a sweet lettuce. They do not keep […]

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