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Mirabelle Plum: Nature’s Little Gumdrop

I like to try out fruit trees like some folks enjoy trying on shoes. So many fruit trees, so little time, and with each success,...

Peach Melba Pie Takes Center Stage

French chef and restaurateur Auguste Escoffier created the original Peach Melba dessert in honor of 1890s songbird Nellie Melba. (Melba toast is another story.) The simple,...

Nanaimo Peach Tree: Finally a Homegrown Peach

Spend a few minutes on my blog perusing summer posts, and you'll easily grasp my love of growing and eating fresh fruit, and note...
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The Bold, Brief Life of Brown Betty

Sad news is a truth I'm wary of sharing, but my plucky hen Brown Betty deserves her day in the sun, and unfortunately a day in...

Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias

Serving up some dinnerplate dahlias Dinnerplate dahlias are no shrinking violets; their presence is bold, beautiful and often times bigger than a vase can hold,...
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How to Make a Berry Picking Bucket

DIY Berry Picking Bucket Video [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fryr8HNiFJo] A bountiful morning when you have the right tools. Berry (and cherry) picking is serious business; you pick a few, eat...

In Tall Clover: My Little Local Radio Show

New Flash! I have my own radio show, called "In Tall Clover," airing on the KVSH Voice of Vashon (VOV) at 101.9 FM locally. An extension of my blog,...

Rebuilding My Porch and DIY Credibility

I keep a mental to-do list, a growing index of things I want to get done, or more importantly that need my attention, or better put, needed...
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Memorial Day: What a Child Remembers

Proud to serve his country, my father was a quiet man more prone to holding his patriotism and service in his heart than wearing...
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Make Delicious Orange Peel Caviar

Orange peels and rinds are oft ignored flavor salvos just too good to toss or compost. These spongy fruit overcoats hold concentrated essential oils and chewy...