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By Alex Jones Recently I took the plunge into the world of beekeeping with a 3lb package of bees from a local store. I got honey bees to help with my fruit tree and vegetable pollination. With poor fruit pollination over the past couple of seasons I thought the bees could be the missing link. […]

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By Garrett Okrasinski This year many of my friends and I intentionally hosted mason bees in our yards.  We provided a hive with deep holes and placed mason bee cocoons out in the early spring. Buzzing hard at work, they filled my yard with excitement. However the season has come to an end for our […]

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By Garrett Okrasinski The past few days in the Northwest have been beautiful but unusually warm and dry and my chickens and I are adjusting to the summer weather. The warmth feels great but in the summer months it is important to keep your chickens cool, happy and healthy. Recently when checked on my chickens […]

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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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Oregano!

My family loves Italian style food so we go through a ton of the herb oregano each year. Luckily it’s very easy to grow; you can start it from seed or buy a plant at most local nurseries.  It does best in full sun and doesn’t like to be water logged but do be aware […]

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The weather is warm and the garden is really beginning to take off!  

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By Garrett Okrasinski My collard greens have always been awkward. Ever since they sprouted they were either leggy, crooked or had small leaves. I have tried everything to straighten and fatten them up, but I eventually grew to love their “character”. They fed me throughout late summer and fall, tasting better as the frost came. […]

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It’s Thyme!

Right now is a great time to harvest thyme.  To harvest this useful herb just take your kitchen shears and snip off bunches.  I usually trim off the top three inches and make sure to leave a lot of the plant intact; if you clip off too much you can kill the plant. You can […]

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My daughter Helen has been attending College of Wooster in Wayne County, Ohio.  The academic year is almost up so I took a quick trip to help her pack up and visit Amish country in the spring.  This past winter was one of the hardest and longest in memory so everyone was glad to see […]

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