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Garlic harvest in 2016
I am so glad I planted garlic last year.  It is such a great feeling to finish a garlic  harvest…
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To-do download
To-do download template to help with productivity and keeping your day organized without a bulky day planner.
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Know when to sow seeds and transplants
Seed starting chart to know when to start vegetable seeds indoor or outside and when to transplant in the Pacific
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Recipe for roasting carrots
Roasting carrots is simple, healthy, and easy but adding herbs and spices as well as honey can make your recipe
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Your Comprehensive Guide to Growing Potatoes with Ease
This guide to growing potatoes helps you find great tasting varieties to grow organically & the know-how to plant, care
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43 useful podcasts to energize gardeners now!
Have you tried podcasts yet?  Podcasts for gardeners tells you where to start! I think that listening to someone is a great
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Anemone nemorosa
Anemone nemorosa PLANT of the WEEK: “Plant of the Week” started as a series of fact sheets I did for
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Your comprehensive guide to growing carrots with ease
This comprehensive guide to growing carrots shows you why carrots are great veggies, how to grow healthy organic plants, when
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Seed starting workbook
  Something to Discover has a new FREE 22-page Seed Starting Workbook   FREE for a limited time with sign-up
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Garden inspiration: Richie Steffen lecture on great plants
Inspiration from Richie Steffen Richie Steffen gave the lecture this week for the winter speaker series for the Snohomish County
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Book Review: The Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns by Richie Steffen and Sue Olsen
The Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns by Richie Steffen and Sue Olsen I live in the Pacific Northwest and it
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Green or blooming plants in mid-January in my Pacific Northwest garden
I had a break this afternoon from work and decided to take a walk around the property to see whats
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Onions 101 – simple techniques to easy nutritious flavorful onions
The basics of growing onions for the home gardener I have had huge success in growing onions but I’ve also
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Yoda quote “in a garden are you…”
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CoSchedule a necessity for new bloggers to “do it right”
My 10-step CoSchedule Workflow tutorial Although I’m fairly new to seriously blogging, I did a lot of research when I
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Plant herbs now for the best homemade seasonings later
Its almost spring and its time to start thinking about what new plants you’re going to try growing this year.
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Making garlic powder from your garlic crop
Garlic powder    I think garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow and so I tend to have
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Make onion powder from your home grown onions this year
ONION POWDER Onions are one of my prized crops each year because I think they really do taste so much
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Outstanding Healthy Options for Pumpkin Spice Latte & coffee
The comparison with Starbucks shows the need to find healthy options for pumpkin spice latte. I admit that I love pumpkin
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Free 22-page Seed Starting Workbook.
Something to Discover has a new FREE 22-page Seed Starting Workbook FREE for a limited time with sign-up for our
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Public Gardens in the Pacific Northwest – Resource list
One of my plans is try and go see more gardens in our area.  So towards that endeavor I started
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Rare plants at the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden
The Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden is located in the Highlands, a gated community in northwestern King County and was
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Photography of the Miller Botanical Garden in late spring
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Actaea racemosa (bugbane)
PLANT OF THE WEEK – Actaea racemosa (Prior: Cimicifuga racemosa) PLANT of the WEEK: Bugbane “Plant of the Week” is
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Comfrey (Symphytum)
Comfrey (Symphytum)   “Plant of the Week” Comfrey is part of a series of fact sheets I did for a
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Awesome pumpkin spice mix & wonderful idea for mulling spice!
Pumpkin Spice Mix There are some spice mixtures that I use often, especially during the holidays. Pumpkin spice mix is
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Asarum (Wild Ginger)
Asarum Wild Ginger PLANT of the WEEK: “Plant of the Week” is part of a series of fact sheets I
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Sarcococca
PLANT of the WEEK: Sarcococca “Plant of the Week” is part of a series of factsheets I did for a
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Botanical names color and tree cheat sheets
Even from the beginning of my more formal education in horticulture it became clear I needed to learn the botanical
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Trademark ruling on “what is urban homesteading”?
What is urban homesteading? As a lawyer I’m always interested when gardening and law collide. That sounds violent! But in
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8 Mistakes I made in the Garden this year
I confess… I have multiple mistakes I made in the Garden this year! I had a great vegetable garden this
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Why do we really exchange gifts in December???
I’ve been thinking lately about why we exchange gifts at Christmas time.  And really, many other religions and traditions have
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Trillium
PLANT OF THE WEEK –  Trillium “Plant of the Week” is part of a series of fact sheets I did
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The HERS Garden Shovel supports women’s differences
The HERS Garden Shovel really is a better design and tool for women I’ve used the HERS garden shovel from
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Fuchsia
PLANT of the WEEK: Fuchsia “Plant of the Week” is part of a series of fact sheets I did for
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Eucomis
“Plant of the Week” is part of a series of fact sheets I did for a horticulture class I took
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Saving tomato seeds
Saving tomato seeds for next years heirloom plants    I had issues with my tomatoes this year and so I
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Meals in a Jar – Book Review
   Meals in a Jar is a book written by Julie Languille in 2013 and published by Ulysses Press.  Julie
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20 Garden Photography Tips
Garden Photography Tips – 20 tips and my thoughts on each of them! Photography in general has been a hobby
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Women Gardeners – Book review
The Virago Book of Women Gardeners edited by Deborah Kellaway I found Women Gardeners, written in 1995, in a used book
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Peeling hard boiled eggs when using fresh from the chicken eggs
Peeling hard boiled eggs  Its becoming more and more popular for urban city and suburban dwellers to raise chickens for
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Garlic preservation
Techniques of garlic preservation Garlic is a bulb, similar to onions or shallots, and is a member of the lily
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Remembering liquid measuring equivalents
Remembering liquid measuring equivalents using charts and mnemonics
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Peach weights and measures
My research regarding peach weights and measures based on my own experience as well as weights from homecooking.com led me
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Delicious things to do with a box of peaches – Peach fundamentals
A huge box of peaches We went to the Edmonds Farmers market yesterday and came home with a box of
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Peaches canning
Peach canning tips and recipes for delicious peaches all year long including a delicious spices blueberry peach jam
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OneNote for gardener and homesteading information management
OneNote works for garden and homesteading content management of articles, pictures, and ideas and is better than evernote or even
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What to do with excess sourdough starter?
What to do with excess sourdough starter
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Best ladle for canning and more
The Prepworks canning scoop is the best ladle ever This is the BEST ladle ever.  Not just for canning but
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Vegetable marrow on a mound… what?
A passage in the book Women Gardeners shows that composting and permaculture ideas have been with us for a long
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Sourdough bread sticks
Sourdough bread sticks to use up extra sourdough starter
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Garlic – 6 steps to the most easy useful plant in your veggie patch
6 steps to growing garlic, the easiest plant to in the vegetable patch to grow
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Legalities of raising chickens in Washington State
Legalities of raising chickens in Washington State including recommendations to consider the neighbors, coop size and rules, and tips on
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Whats the deal with the “food from scratch” craze?
Food from scratch is healthier but takes effort, education, a little money and good decisions. Much of this comes with
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Garlic Scape Pesto recipe
How to make pesto using garlic scapes instead of garlic.
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Garlic Scapes
Garlic scapes are a rare delicacy! How to prepare them for preservation, recipes,and pesto ideas.
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My Garlic in 2015
My Garlic adventures in 2015! This year I planted three varieties of garlic: Inchelium Red – An artichoke garlic I
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Perry’s white poppy – Papaver orientale
Perry's white poppy (Papaver orientale) is the most delicate but beautiful colored poppy. A deep purple center draws your attention.
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Plant sale
Snohomish Master Gardener Plant Sale
Master gardener plant sale. Lots of tomatoes and herbs!
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Cat memorial in garden
Spicy – cat memorial area of the garden
Cat memorial in garden we created with a statue and blueberry plants.
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Recent pictures
Recent pictures of the garden and greenhouse
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Apprentice Master Beekeeping certificate
Master beekeeping certificate and bee research
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She’s alive! She’s alive! Our queen bee is alive!
Doing a hive inspection required the beekeeper to open the hive to look at the quantity of bees, find the
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New hive installation… only one problem
New bee hive installation into used hives with some capped honey.
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Things happening around the urban farm
I finally broke down and flew the white flag surrendering to the chickens.  They just loved eating too many of
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Finished my Master Gardener training this week
Finished the 12 weeks Master Gardener Training in Washington
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Nice planter combo
I have worked on this planter for years to get a good show in all seasons. There is a grass
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First sunny day for our bees
First sunny day for bees in spring. They are flying like crazy in the warm heat.
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Hardscaping garden almost done
Here is an update of the property projects staring our wonderful chickens!  So we have the retaining wall all done
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Did fuchsia Saturday at Fred Meyer
Fuchsia Saturday at Fred Meyer is a great way to get your fuchsias young. They pot them up with soil
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Isn’t the 10 year anniversary honey?
We started beekeeping for our 10 year anniversary. We learned how to do it through a course and are excited
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Got more worms!!!
Adding more worms to speed up the composting process as there was too much food going into the bin for
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Worm composting
Worm composting for great nutrients Well, I am worm composting now.  Took a class at Sky Nursery and learned how
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Looks like we got a rooster
We have had rooster problems in that we get more than our fair share, straight run or not.
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New spring bulbs peaking out, chickens happy, first mow
New spring bulbs New crocus bulbs are coming up.  Its so cool when all the efforts of fall bulb planting
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Chicks video
Here is a video of our little chicks… We gave them a small amount of lettuce and they are so
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Our first egg breakfast with eggs from our own chickens!
Egg breakfast to die for… Our first 5 eggs from our own chickens… cleaned and ready to eat.  We know
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Chicken coop is done and we have 3 chickens!
Chicken coop is finished and ready for the hens
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Chickens – our initiation
Chickens arrive and we plan for chicks
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Snow day in the Pacific Northwest
Snow day and hardscaping the property using retaining walls
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