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Is This the Summer?

Is this the summer the grapes will ripen? I have hope. Supposedly varieties that will ripen this far north, after three years of pruning and growing, they have set fruit galore. May the sunny days of July and August plump … Continue reading

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Safe and Sound

This is how I fertilize the garden, by adding wheelbarrows of green matter, of which I have an endless supply. Plenty of organic matter makes for a very biologically rich garden. Wouldn’t you rather eat vegetables growing from soil made … Continue reading

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Why Don’t They?

The Rainier cherries are ripening, and when I go to pick them, the chickens come running. They love cherries. Any I drop they stab instantly. They love fruit, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, cantaloupes, peaches, you name it. Heaven to chickens would … Continue reading

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Shooting Stars Have Arrived

The shooting stars have arrived, tomato blossoms. An arugula bed is nice to have when friends are coming for lunch. You don’t need a very large bed to have a generous salad every day. Summer has been on a hiatus … Continue reading

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What Summer Brings

Summer brings tomatillo flowers and baby cucumbers. Tomatillos are worth growing for their cheery flowers and luxurious leaves. Their tart fruits are an added bonus. Summer also brings the first catch of potatoes. I couldn’t resist sneaking a few new … Continue reading

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On the Other Side

Yesterday was the solstice and now we are on the other side with the days getting shorter. It always seem too soon. The days should stay long at least through August, but that is not the way it works. It’s … Continue reading

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A Day of Firsts

It’s a day of firsts, the first beet of the year. Is it good enough for the market? How does it taste? Will this be the first cabbage of the season? It’s a race with the cabbage around to see … Continue reading

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