Category Archives: Gardening

Compost for Dummies

I’ve been wanting to compost for months.  It took me a while to start: the selection of compost bins, tumblers, pails and mixes is overwhelming!  Did I want an open pile, upright bin or rotating bin?  When is the best … Continue reading

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Rain Garden: Just Say “No” to Watering

I like to conserve resources, like… effort.  Take the rain garden I recently finished building.  Sure, I shoveled and wheelbarrowed a dump truck’s worth of soil, and hand-built a thirty foot long retaining wall.  But, once I get the flowers … Continue reading

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Humble beginnings

I know it was idyllic. I know not every blueberry for Cascadian Farm is grown on this farm or in this way, but I was impressed with the original Cascadian Farm and the tasty blueberries I ate straight from the … Continue reading

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You Say Tomato

It is the end of the July and my tomato plants are in full gear.  I have had some issues with soil drainage causing some tomatoes to crack, but I think overall they are doing well. I have been sampling … Continue reading

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Testing the Soil

This is my first year with a rather large garden all to myself. I went from 6 pots to a 4×12 plot in a community garden.  I was trying to go all organic from soil to plant, but the soil … Continue reading

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Mulch and Faith

My beebalm (Monarda didyma) and anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) plants showed their first flowers of the season about two weeks ago.  For the beebalm (also known as oswego tea), it is its first flower ever, so I’ve talked about it … Continue reading

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