Category: Gardening

  • Backyard Tomato Mozzarella Salad

    There is nothing more lovely in my garden during the height of summer than a beautiful, ripe juicy brandy wine tomato! Not only are they pretty to look at but they taste amazingly delicious. Being a huge fan of the tomato, I usually grow a few different varieties. I love them all, so this salad […]

    August 26, 2021

  • Saskatoon Berries Galore!

    Ever heard of a saskatoon berry? Ya, me neither until recently. Sort of looks like a blueberry but a little more hardy. They are native to North America and ripen in late June into July, can grow in just about any terrain, and aren’t especially picky about soil conditions. They have lots of fun names […]

    July 16, 2021

  • The Smell of Raindrops

    Yes! We’ve officially arrived to the Spring Equinox in the Pacific Northwest. The long grey winter is finally over and humans, creatures, plants and trees can rejoice due to longer days, warmer weather and the ever elusive big bright glowing ball in the sky to avail itself more often! One of the loveliest things included […]

    April 6, 2021

  • All Hail the Fungi!

    One of my favorite things to do is to go mushroom picking or “foraging” as most call it. As a child, my parents were members of the Northwest Mycological Society and we’d go to “mushroom meetings” with them once a month to look and learn about the varieties of mushrooms that grow in the Pacific […]

    January 26, 2021

  • Autumn’s Vibrant Garden Beauty – The Dahlia

    The waning days of summer shift into the crisp air of fall and these are my favorite times of year for many reasons. Near the top of my list is due to the blooming of the magnificent dahlia flower. Their bright vibrant colors are the highlight of every flower bed they are planted in! The […]

    October 12, 2020

  • Spicy Caramelized Eggplant-Embrace the Odd Purple Vegetable!

    I’ve never heard anyone exclaim or ever say, “I LOVE EGGPLANT!”  Yet, it’s one of those foods, kind of like tofu that absorbs the flavors that you cook it with making it deserving of some love. I have seen so many beautifully grown eggplants at the farmers market and pictures from friend’s gardens that makes […]

    September 2, 2020

  • photo of ripe bing cherries

    Cherries are good for…

    Cherries are touted to have anti-inflammatory superpowers. They are said to be good for increasing metabolism, reducing muscle pain, blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and easing insomnia. Helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s, colon cancer, and strokes. It is cherry season In California! Within a couple of weeks, it will be in Washington as well. Washington sweet Bing cherries […]

    May 21, 2020

  • Local is Best!

    During this challenging time in modern history, we’re at home and probably having time to cook our own meals. Some of us love this task, while others? Not so much! Take out, delivery or drive through could be your jam, but let’s face it, many of us are becoming celebrity chefs (in our own minds) […]

    April 9, 2020

  • Tree Maintenance & Care to Avoid Storm Damage

    Trees in your yard can provide you with so many abundant opportunities for beauty, shade, fruit and homes for neighborhood birds and squirrels. However, trees can also pose a safety hazard to your property and home if they are not properly inspected and maintained. Regular tree maintenance is important, but even more so before a […]

    March 1, 2019