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Rosemary Crawford
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Wind Storm at our House in the Forest
When we built our house two years ago, we debated taking out more trees.  I posed the question on Facebook about whether we should take out enough trees to make a good solar site for our south facing roof, and the tree huggers came out of the woodwork.  Par...

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Nurse Logs on My Morning Walk
When I went out on my walk today, I started to notice all the nurse logs and stumps and just how beautiful they are. It makes me wonder what this area looked like to the original explorers who saw these massive trees before they became nurse stumps. A long ...

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A Visit to Key Peninsula
My sister and her husband have a new place on Key Peninsula, and we haven't seen them or my step-father, Dick, for a couple of years, so today we took a pleasant trip in the fall sunshine down to visit. We decided to try to avoid the traffic mess of Seattle...

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Signs of Fall
The leaves have been vibrant this year.  The oak trees that have been planted in rows everywhere are pink, red, and orange. Vine maple vividly displays orange and yellow. My row of blueberries is mostly red, with some bushes turning mostly yellow. We are sa...

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Juicing, Drying, Preserving
It's that time of year - the garden is winding down, but there is still a lot of work to do.  I don't do any canning any more - but I do preserve a lot of what we grow. We have five different apple trees, all different varieties.  Since we can eat about a s...

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Trying to Save the Rhodies
I've lived in Washington for most of my life, and I can't remember a stranger weather year:  wettest winter and spring on record, followed by driest and hottest summer on record.  Luckily, we have an irrigation system to the garden from the lake that is mos...

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Flowers, Fruit, Veggies, and Visitors
In the Pacific Northwest, summer is when we meet ourselves coming and going.  The days are long, so we don't sleep much, we cherish every day of sunshine, and sometimes think wistfully of winter when we can slow down.  The true sun worshippers live here - w...

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Dill Pickle Tutorial
This year everything fell into place for me to have a great garden:   First:  My friend Lonnie gave me a lead on where to get a truckload of manure.  I used to have a truckload of chicken manure delivered every year, but all of the chicken farms in our area...

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Why I grow peas
In a lot of ways, peas are a lot of trouble:   First, they need a support trellis to do well.  There are varieties that say "BUSH", but don't believe it.  All peas like support.    Secondly, they are a very early vegetable, so you have to get out early (I'm...

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Spare time in the Summer
Summer time is busy time, but there's always time for more than riding the motorcycle, swimming, and entertaining grandchildren. While this might seem excessive to someone, we do have six children who grew up eating jam, 22 grandchildren who are all jam eat...
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