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Chicken pasties, designer mulled lemonade, buskers and juicy produce; the Bellingham Farmer’s Market has it all.  Yesterday under the glorious sunshine we got a chance to visit this vibrant place.      

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Keeping flies down in your chicken coop is good for the health of your birds, keeps your neighbors happy and definitely makes collecting eggs a lot more pleasant. Over the years what I’ve found works best to keep these pests down are the following things: Using traps to catch existing flies. Preventing flies by keeping down the […]

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So what is all this rain doing to your garden loving heart?  Are you just itching to get out and plant something?  Well here are some ways to calm that itch through indoor seed starting, using Reemay floating row cover and setting up some plastic covered hoop beds. Now is a good time for cold season starts and, if […]

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How to Install a Water Cistern

By Jennifer Brown While living and working all over the world, Jennifer Brown has grown gardens in both rural and urban areas. During her time spent in the beautiful and rainy Unites States Virgin Islands, she used a cistern for all of her water needs, from crop irrigation to bathing and drinking, and here she […]

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“There is so much to be excited about right now here at RBUFW,” said Seattle Tilth farm manager Katie Pencke, “We are expanding programs and really looking forward to this growing season.”  All around I could see neatly mulched beds, vegetable plant starts pushing up their Reemay covers and the calls of Redwing Blackbirds were […]

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Being around Megan Horst for just a few minutes makes me want to get solar panels, plant more food and change the world into a more sustainable place. She grew up in Milwaukee in a family that gardened, had a big raspberry patch and liked to shop at thrift stores but didn’t label themselves as […]

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In just four years Elaine Corets has transformed her city yard into a place of food and beauty.  She is using a low till method and instead of weeding she “edits” the volunteers that appear; moving salad burnett, mache, bachelor’s buttons and mint, to name a few, to more pleasing places. I love the way […]

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“I will trade you a basket for that garlic aioli.” I said with conviction.  “Done!” said the woman next to a row of promising jars.  This month’s Backyard Barter fair was held at the Ballard library and featured a range of delicious and interesting things to trade; tangy pickled brussel sprouts, Elaine Corets’ quince paste, […]

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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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More space for planting!!  About this time every year the gardening fever seizes me and like a mad woman I stagger out into blowing wind and streaming rain and search for ways to get just a bit more out of my little yard.   The dog has made it clear that his area is off limits. […]

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