How to Make an Orchard Mason Bee House

How to Make an Orchard Mason Bee House {8}

While I adore my honeybees, I also revere the amazing and often-times overlooked native pollinator, the Mason Orchard Bee (Osmia lignaria). Where the honeybee is a finely-tuned pollinating powerhouse with corporate efficiency, native pollinators tend to be the small-business counterpart, a mom-and-pop pollination operation, so to speak. The Mason Orchard Bee is self-employed jack of all(…)

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Garry Oak: Deep Roots in the Pacific Northwest

Garry Oak: Deep Roots in the Pacific Northwest {12}

True confession: I’m a collector of plants. I can (and do) have a greenhouse of flora, weeds, seeds, bulbs and starts, with nary an inch of space to spare, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find room for one more specimen should the opportunity arise. One summer I recall a ridiculous self-inflicted edict; I told myself I(…)

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Doo Doo Doo Looking Out My Backdoor

Doo Doo Doo Looking Out My Backdoor {8}

I’m blessed to live where I do, and that realization is not lost on me (especially when I venture into big city Seattle). I’m not quite Jed Clampett (yet), but I find my happiest moments are often enjoyed simply sitting on my front or back porch watching nature’s floorshow in the company of two noble(…)

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Behold the Broadfork: Shake, Shimmy and Till!

Behold the Broadfork: Shake, Shimmy and Till! {11}

There are gardening tools, and then, there are gardening tools. The Meadow Creature broadfork is definitely the latter, a precision-built tool made right here on Vashon Island. Bob Powell is the Meadow Creature mastermind who “…re-invented the broadfork, taking a favorite tool for aerating already-loose soil and turning it into an indestructible workhorse for breaking the hardest(…)

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