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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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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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This year’s Seattle Farm School tour was great! Here are some of the interesting things we saw at the places we visited. There was so much to see we didn’t make it to all the sites so next year will start earlier.

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Right now is a good time to harvest garlic.  Braiding it then hanging it in a cool, dark place is a great way to store it for later. First dry the garlic until the leaves are limp and the outside of the bulb is getting papery. Gently brush off the dirt and trim the roots off.  […]

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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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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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So what do you do if you have very little land, a thrifty budget and still want to eat super local?  Wild edibles can be a great way to go! By following a few simple rules you can safely harvest a bounty: Only eat what you know Harvest small amounts Don’t harvest near roads or […]

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This year is a warm one so far and it’s hard not to succumb to the lure of the seed catalogs and rush out and plant everything.  Unfortunately this may lead to a lot of rotten seed in the ground and a need to replant. To avoid this disappointment it’s important to read the package […]

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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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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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