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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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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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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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As many of you know I recently started working with the Washington State Department of Health and three days a week I am based near Olympia. Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Bush Prairie CSA Farm. This farm was first settled by George and Isabella Bush in 1845 and the rich land has been […]

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