March Garden In the Pacific NW

March Garden In the Pacific NW

Winter is finally relaxing its icy hold on our gardens.  The forecast is wet, but warmer.  It is time to prepare your March garden. Last spring I ended up flying by the seat of my pants regarding the garden.  I paid dearly in lost production and lost opportunity. The garden last year could have yielded so much more had I been ready to go when the weather was.  Last year there was no March garden for us. Lesson learned.  It…

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Dandelion Root Tea Time

Dandelion Root Tea Time

Dandelion; By any other name… Dandelion is the common English name for the Taraxacum, the Latin name given the pretty yellow flower in medieval pharmacological writings from ancient Persia.  The English name is a corruption of the French term for “lion’s tooth.” Common folk names for the dandelion include:  Blowball, canker wort, doon-head-clock, witches gowan, milk witch, lion’s tooth, yellow gowan, Irish daisy, monk’s head, priest’s-crown, puff-ball, faceclock, pee-a-bed, piss-a-bed, wet-a-bed, swine’s snout, white endive and wild enoy Dandelions Cure Cancer!…

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Wishing A Happy, Prosperous New Year

Wishing A Happy, Prosperous New Year

Happy New Year Once again we come to this symbolic shift, the beginning of a new year, when a single night represents both the path that led us here, one that we can parse and reflect upon and take lessons both from our successes and from our failures, and the journey to the future, uncertain but full of promise. It is again time to reflect upon the past year; where it took us and what we did with it, and…

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Cover Crop Re-Calibrate

Cover Crop Re-Calibrate

Cover Crop Reset I had every intention of putting in a cover crop this year to protect and enhance our raised garden beds. Cover crops are exactly what the name implies; a crop specifically planted to cover your planting area to: • Prevent weeds in the garden, • Reduce erosion, • Increase the nutrients available in the soil, • Encourage beneficial insects and organisms, Also: • Adds organic material to condition soil, • Keeps soil from compacting, • Keeps nutrients…

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Micro-Greens

Micro-Greens

Micro-greens With the weather turning crisp and the days shortening I began to lament the loss of the fresh garden vegetables that grace our plates throughout the spring and summer.  It is time to look into options to provide us with fresh greens while the weather outside becomes “frightening,”  to misquote the classic song, “Let It Snow.” I ran across the idea, not a new one, that you can grow nutritious salad greens indoors, micro-greens, that are flavor intensive mini…

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Under Cover (Crops)

Under Cover (Crops)

Cover Crops The growing season is nearly done here in Oregon. There are a few things yet finishing up. I planted my tomatoes quite late this year and so am still pulling in ripening fruit each day. I pick them at the first sign of color and let them ripen in the house in a bag so that they don’t split on the vine from the rain. I also have some squash that is just now getting ready for harvest…

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Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s Markets

Some Resources For Eating Healthier The season is drawing to a close but it there is still time to eat healthy and nutritious local food.  Here are three resources to help you find good, locally grown food. Two sites are targeted to Oregonians but at the USDA site you can locate lists of markets and farms in your area wherever you might be in the U.S. Know your source At the farmer’s markets in your area you get to meet…

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Superfoods. Are They Really?

Superfoods. Are They Really?

Superfoods; boon or boondoggle I began this blog as an extension of my search to find better health through a nutritious diet and to share some of the information that I uncover.  Today I want to discuss “superfoods.” I am an avid and lifelong gardener and the marriage of nutrition and gardening seems such a compatible and healthy match that I settled on the combination as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle. The term “superfood” crops up repeatedly as…

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Compost Tea Time

Compost Tea Time

Compost tea; The “Green Tea” of the plant World. Compost tea is the liquid extract of finished compost.  When processed properly it contains small amounts of the nutrients found in the compost. More importantly are the compounds essential to growth and microorganisms that convert the nutrients in the soil into the fuel that plants need for optimum growth and propagation. Large-scale horticulture, agriculture corporations and nurseries as well as commercial and residential landscapers now produce and/or use compost tea. Compost…

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Composting

Composting

Composting.  The single best thing that you can do for your garden. There is a process that can improve the yield and quality of your garden, save money, provide a way to deal with food scraps and yard trimmings, and protect your environment.This process is called composting. Composting converts food scraps and yard trimmings from just another burden on our overflowing landfills into a boon for your vegetables, herbs, shrubs, and flowers. An added bonus is that you are also…

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