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Great E-Scapes

by Lisa Linderman on June 29, 2011

in food crops,garden,recipe

Today was one of those days where I puttered in the garden.  “I don’t want to weed the garlic,” I thought. “Well, maybe I’ll just pull that one big weed.”  And I pulled it.  And it came out easily, and then I thought, “Well, maybe just one more.”  Before I knew it, I’d weeded all […]

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Rheum rhubarbarum.

by Lisa Linderman on May 25, 2011

in baking,food crops,garden,recipe

Rheum rhubarbarum sounds like some character out of a bad space opera, but it’s the scientific name of rhubarb.  Just one of those weird little trivia tidbits that get lodged in the wrinkles in my brain, probably because I’ve always liked the sound of it.   And right now, rhubarb is on my mind! About 10 […]

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Well, not millions.   Last year we planted a Frost Peach tree near our garden, and waited to see what it would do.  This spring it had lots of beautiful pink blossoms, which our honeybees seemed to like.   And then it set lots and lots of small peaches.  Neat! Yesteraday, we spotted one on the ground, […]

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We’ve had an incredibly wet spring, even for us here in the Pacific NorthWet, where things tend to sprout moss and algae in the blink of an eye.  Sunday we had rain falling at half an inch an hour, for about three hours.  That’s a lot of water.  More than my garden needs, thank you.  […]

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Spring Planning

by Lisa Linderman on March 25, 2010

in birds,chickens,garden,general,spring planting

Last year at this time, I still didn’t have any garden beds, and we had no fruit trees planted, no blueberry bushes in the ground, no berry bed, no bees.  How things change in a year! This year I’m not only planning for our own use and “for fun” plants, but I am planning ahead […]

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I mentioned a couple of posts back that I had decided to dry my beans. Why? Well, I’d originally planted them to eat them green, but after only a couple of times of that, I just fell behind and ended up with plants full of fat green beans at the end of the season. Once […]

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How Not To Grow Tomatoes

by Lisa Linderman on October 5, 2009

in diseases,garden

My tomatoes did horribly this year. I know why, so I thought I’d share! For one thing, I planted them far too late into the season, due to a variety of factors including a late start on the seedlings and a late start getting the raised beds done, coupled with the fear of starting them […]

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Hot Hot Hot!

by Lisa Linderman on October 5, 2009

in garden,recipe

Of all the things I planted in the garden this year, my cucumbers were the most prolific, with the Anaheim peppers close behind. The serrano, jalapeno, and habanero peppers also did well. So, what to do with all those peppers? I made a couple of kinds of hot sauce! Sadly, I won’t eat either one, […]

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Pick a Peck of Pickles

by Lisa Linderman on August 2, 2009

in food crops,food preservation,garden,recipe

One of the spaces in my garden this year went to pickling cucumbers. I bought a pack of seeds for around $3.00, and started them in the greenhouse. I’m not sure every single seed came up, but it was pretty darn close. And once I moved them to the garden, even though it was late […]

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Oh Deer.

by Lisa Linderman on June 28, 2009

in deer,garden,rabbits,recipe,repellents

The garden is proceeding wonderfully. All three sections of raised bed are finished and filled with compost, a three-way soil mix (dirt, compost, and sand) and vegetables. A lot of work, to be sure! Apparently I’m incapable of doing anything halfway, given the quantities of everything I’ve planted. For example, we have a three person […]

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