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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 dashed out in between rainy days to prep the raised beds and found one in serious need of replacing. Happily building beds is pretty quick and easy. The first step is a trip to the lumber store to get three 8 foot long by one foot high boards. I usually ask the staff to […]

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Gearing Up to Grow Starts

To really make use of our short growing season using starts is a great way to go.  It’s easy to grow your own from seed.  This weekend I am going to get out my supplies and plant some Dino kale and collards to put under cloches mid-March.  Once those go in I will start squash and tomato […]

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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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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 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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My co-founder and I (Crystal and Janelle – the goofballs in the selfie photo) were talking about what was going to replace the neighborhood paper route, side businesses that are neighborhood-centric. We loved the cheeky idea that folks can have a side “yard” business if they have an urban farm! It is one of our […]

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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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Winterize Your Honeybees

By Garrett Okrasinski I have been lucky enough to inherit a honey bee hive through a friend. It was moved to my property about three months ago and seems to be thriving. I did a hive inspection after the move and was surprised nothing was damaged in the transportation of the hive. The top bar […]

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