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Giant Zucchini

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Giant Zucchini

Sometimes zucchini grows scary-big! This zucchini got “lost” in the zucchini patch. It was so large when I found it, that I almost expected a scene from Little Shop of Horrors! It’s been too hot for most of the heirloom tomatoes this year, but the zucchini doesn’t seem to be suffering.

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Heirloom Brandywine Tomatoes

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on August 6, 2014 0 Comments
Heirloom Brandywine Tomatoes

The heirlooms are finally here. Every year I plant several different heirloom tomato plants. This year they went in the ground early, grew lush and green, set lots of tomatoes, and then everything stopped. I don’t have hardly any ripe tomatoes and now many of the plants are looking quite ill. I guess tomatoes aren’t […]

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Cucumber Plants

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on August 6, 2014 0 Comments
Cucumber Plants

Cucumbers are taking over the garden! This year I planted several different kinds of cucumbers. In fact, I just used leftover seed from last year and the year before, not really sure if they would germinate and grow. No fear – they are growing like wildfire. Good thing I love picking and eating fresh cukes!

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5 Tips for Growing a Garden in a Drought Year

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on February 19, 2014 0 Comments
5 Tips for Growing a Garden in a Drought Year

Even in a drought year, it is still possible to grow a lush, low water garden. The Mid-Columbia region in eastern Washington is home to commercial fruit orchards, large and small vineyards, acres of potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and onions, and legions of backyard gardeners. It’s the perfect place to grow your own fruits and vegetables. We […]

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5 Reasons to Plant a Backyard Garden This Year

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on February 19, 2014 0 Comments
5 Reasons to Plant a Backyard Garden This Year

Grow your own food in a backyard vegetable garden. It’s time to plan our backyard garden. Yes, even those of you who are still snowed in to the eaves! Spring will be here sooner or later, and the best way to welcome spring is to lovingly plant seeds in the ground. If you have been contemplating […]

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5 Great Gifts for Garden Enthusiasts

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on December 4, 2013 0 Comments
5 Great Gifts for Garden Enthusiasts

Is there a gardener on your list who is suffering from off-season withdrawal? I know just how they feel. Already I yearn to dig in the earth, plant green seedlings, and plan my dinner based on what is ripe in the garden. Sadly the earth is frozen, seedlings wouldn’t be happy, and dinner will have […]

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7 Lessons From My Garden

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on September 19, 2013 0 Comments
7 Lessons From My Garden

Are you a long-time gardener? Me too. Like me, you might consider yourself an expert. After all, isn’t that what an expert is – someone who practices the same thing over and over?  So you might think that I would have this backyard gardening thing down. But expert or not, each year brings new challenges […]

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Portland Farmers’ Market

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on August 5, 2013 0 Comments
Portland Farmers’ Market

Last weekend we made our summer trek to one of my favorite cities – Portland, Oregon. As usual we had a wonderful time, visiting old haunts like Powell’s Bookstore and the Saturday Market and a new-to-us venue, the PSU Farmers’ Market. What a charming event! The location is perfect, providing just enough shade to keep […]

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Backyard Peach Tree

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on August 2, 2013 0 Comments
Backyard Peach Tree

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. John Keats My Red Haven Peach tree ready to be harvested.

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Growing Purslane – Weeds As Food

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on July 17, 2013 0 Comments
Growing Purslane – Weeds As Food

Did you know that purslane, that ubiquitous weed that grows everywhere, is actually edible? And that it’s full of vitamins and anti-oxidants and one of the best vegetarian sources of Omega-3 fatty acids? Wild purslane has been harvested and eaten in the Mediterranean for eons, but is just beginning to gain a foothold here in […]

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