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Turning a New Leaf on Chard: Easy Greens to Grow

Fresh-picked chard: planted in April, still going strong in October I used to think that chard was better to look at than eat (even insects seem...

Blacktail Mountain Watermelon: Hot Melon for a Cool Climate

Blacktail Mountain watermelons convening on the counter Every year I try to grow watermelons and every year by late summer the sprawling vines, lush in vegetation, hold...

Bayernfeige Violetta Fig Finishes Out the Season

Clogged gutters and one wet Tom welcomed October this week, and while I have some rock hard green figs that have no chance of ripening in...

Favorite Savory Fig Recipe: Goat Cheese & Bacon & Figs, Oh My!

Cheesy Fig Bombs Recipe: Figs wrapped in bacon stuffed with goat cheese   If there are figs in your fridge or on your tree, do I...

Madrona Tree: A Sculpture Grows

Madrona Tree: A Work of Art The Madrona tree seems more living sculpture than growing tree.  Gnarled limbs and twisted trunk frame the sky like arms in pose. ...

Saying Goodbye to Summer, Slowly

  By summer's end, a bramble's reach knows no boundary. What my eyes witnessed my brain denied. The shadows were not lengthening; the mosaic of honey locust...

Apple Jelly Recipe: Flavorful Chameleon

Bramley's Seedling apple atop a jar of subtle sweetness Apple Jelly Recipe (As You Like It) In the world of making homemade jams and jelllies, apple jelly is the...
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Growing Peach Trees Organically: Peach Leaf Curl Resistant Varieties I Grow

Mt homegrown peaches: mystery peach on the left, apricot-size Oregon Curl Free to the right.   Indian Free Peach; most unusual and very late season Growing peach trees...

The BLT: Assembly (and a Little Driving) Required

  While my list of favorite things about summer could stretch to Portland and back, I find the BLT (a.k.a. Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich) is...

Spotlight on Summer’s First Fig

Figs are delicious on just about every level. The tree looks tropical, the leaves are the preferred couture of modest statues everywhere, and the...