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Blacktail Mountain Watermelon: Hot Melon for a Cool Climate

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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 melons the size of limes. This year was different. Even...

Bayernfeige Violetta Fig Finishes Out the Season

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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 the chilly downpours of recent storms, my Bayernfeige Violetta fig came...

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

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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 have a recipe for you: cheesy bacon fig bombs. Simple,...

Madrona Tree: A Sculpture Grows

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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.  Old bark, cinnamon in color, flakes and sheds its skin...

Saying Goodbye to Summer, Slowly

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  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 leaves did not litter the ground or create an artful...

Apple Jelly Recipe: Flavorful Chameleon

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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 starter kit. It's your paper airplane, your pencil and paper, your...
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Growing Peach Trees Organically: Peach Leaf Curl Resistant Varieties I Grow

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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 organically can be a real challenge in the Pacific Northwest,...

The BLT: Assembly (and a Little Driving) Required

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  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 rarely challenged in its top-ten ranking. Homegrown tomatoes or farmers' market tomatoes know...

Spotlight on Summer’s First Fig

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Figs are delicious on just about every level. The tree looks tropical, the leaves are the preferred couture of modest statues everywhere, and the fruit is a sugary bon-bon that is comfortable in savory...

Build a Wattle for Your Pole Beans

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Our friend Jack and his structurally-sound beanstalk are the things of which fairy tales are made. In my garden, a goldfinch can bring down a pole bean just by considering it as a pleasant and potential perch. Like everyone,...