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The end of an era – Monkey Puzzle Tree is down

(photo of our home is among the featured illustrations in ‘Back Roads of Washington‘, 1992, drawn by illustrator, Earl Thollander) Saga of our 90 year old Chilean Monkey Puzzle Tree ( Araucaria araucana ) comes to a close. The tree … Continue reading

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Link of the day: vegetarian opportunity

Kathy Freston at Huffington Post Excerpt: If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save: ● 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months; ● 1.5 billion … Continue reading

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Video – making seedling pots from newspapers

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A nation of gardeners

Fruit and vegetable gardens in the US are rising in popularity as environmental consciousness meets depression economics Last week, while helping a friend turn over her soil, I came across a giant bean that had grown out of old compost. … Continue reading

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Autumn morning

aturday Morning. Brisk, snappy cold Autumn morning. House is chilled, and I have on extra layer plus the wrist and neck warmer I crocheted for when I’m sitting at my laptop and not moving around too much. As the morning … Continue reading

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Summer Garden into Autumn garden

Summer ends.  Autum leaves turn.  The garden valiantly lives on…the carrots are growing, the beets, newly planted lettuce varieties.  Parsnips planted (but  I think the visiting dog dug that section up).  I already know that parsnips, carrots and beets will … Continue reading

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We’re trying raised bed gardening – the slugs you know

Sweetie has been diligent in helping me create our kitchen vegetable garden bed these past several years. He digs it and turns the soil by shovel each spring, and then I add seeds, water and watch it grow. Oh were … Continue reading

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Growing Sweet Potatoes – underneath those vines, there really are sweet potatoes

I have a sweet potato vine growing in a container in my kitchen window, and I keep wondering if it would actually grown a sweet potato underneath the soil. Perhaps so. From a poster at one of the listservs I … Continue reading

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Growing Potatoes in Garbage Can (or other similar container)

Okay, I wanted to try this last year, and so another growing season, and I am doing it this year (2008).From a poster on one of my listservs – the simple explanation and then the detailed explanation with link to … Continue reading

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Epsom Salts – Nutrient for flowers and plants

entry from the Tacoma News Tribune ‘Get Growing’ blog Alert! This just in from the Epsom Salt Council. Could it possibly be true? Just as “Milk does a body good,” Epsom Salt may be one of the most perfect nutrients … Continue reading

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