• Woolly Bears and Winter Forecasts

    October 17, 2018

    According to nature, this is going to be a cold winter; here’s what the leaves, the birds and the woolly bears are saying   This is a terrible time of year to be a woolly bear caterpillar. I see them splattered and flattened all over the long country lanes where I live.  When I’m driving…

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  • Getting in the Garlic

    October 15, 2018

    Setting in the garlic is the final crescendo and the overture of the next movement all in one   I know the season is really and truly at it’s end when I tuck the garlic into the ground. Even if there are still chores to be accomplished — and there are most definitely a lot of them —…

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  • Protect Plants in the Winter Months

    October 8, 2018

    Keeping your perennials and other landscape plants alive throughout long harsh winters is possible with these simple tips   I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in the Pacific Northwest it’s fall for sure and good. If you tend a garden like I do, whether it’s in a small suburban backyard…

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  • Like Gold: September in the Garden

    September 26, 2018

    Oh, September. Technically it’s fall now.  Not technically, but certainly in my opinion anyway, it’s been fall for awhile.  It became fall as soon as the mornings began to dawn cool and dewy.  As soon as the winter squash ripened.  As soon as raindrops on spiderwebs began glinting in the sunlight. I don’t need a…

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  • Harvest Vegetable Barley Stew: A Perfect Fall Meal

    September 19, 2018

    Harvest vegetable barley stew is the perfect mix of hearty grains and healthy vegetables straight from the garden   The shift in the air is no longer almost imperceptible.  It is a bold stroke across the landscape now; a slash of crimson and orange on the otherwise green hills. The air is crisp and cold…

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