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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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This glorious hot summer is bringing out the plants in full force!  Just harvested the wheat and oats and the tomatoes are coming along nicely.  What is doing well in your garden this year?

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Flax!

Flax seeds add a nice nutritious nutty flavor to many dishes and the fibrous stalks can be spun into fiber.  Growing this plant in the Northwest is so easy that it’s almost seen as a weed. First grow the flax: Once it has matured and the seed pods are fully formed, harvest it and let […]

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With our mild climate you really can eat fresh veggies all year but you need to start planning for your fall and winter garden now. This can be hard with a garden full of warm season favorites but it can be done. I just harvested my garlic, peas and onions so in the new bit […]

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