Author Archives: Mary Ann Newcomer

July’s “GOOD TO KNOW” for the Mountain States Garden

Excerpts from the Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States (If you like this, you will love the book!) Look for it at your local book store or on Amazon here. Know How Blanching apricots. Bring a … Continue reading

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Idaho Botanical Garden, 2014 Private Gardens Tour.

And they have an extensive vegetable garden, half of which you can’t see in these pics. Thanks to the Percy’s for sharing their garden on behalf of the Idaho Botanical Garden. TweetShare

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, June 2014

Special thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for arranging our monthly gardening love fest. TweetShare

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The year in pictures.

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P Allen Smith Holiday Collection

A couple days ago, I received a beautiful, fresh, Oregon grown “snowflake” from the P Allen Smith Holiday Collection. As part of their bloggers’/writers’ challenge, I dolled mine up with “local” bits and pieces in regional spirit of the season. … Continue reading

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How to select THE Freshest cut Christmas tree:

Click on the link to get the scoop: http://www.riverinteractive.com/rivermornings/msf/233627591.html. Shake it. Shake it again. Tap it on the ground. If you are happy with the results (read: if you aren’t covered with dead tree needles), ask the tree lot attendant … Continue reading

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October Garden Check List

Plan • Think about increasing your garden growing space next season. • Make note of the winners and losers: which varieties performed abundantly? • Save seeds from late harvest vegetables such as squash, gourds, pumpkins. Prepare and maintain • Leave … Continue reading

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Bulbs for the Garden

I did it again. Bought more spring flowering bulbs. Lots more. This order: tulips and narcissus. But not just any tulips and narcissus. No, after a while you become a connoisseur. Right. I like to tell myself that. What really … Continue reading

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Russian Hawthorn (or Crataegus ambigua)

This is the perfect time of year to select and plant trees. Armed with my camera or smartphone, and a notepad, I go around town, snapping up photos of the best and the brightest: trees with good autumn color. A … Continue reading

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A is for Autumn Abundance

Just picked (abundant pole beans), just sauteed (Walla Walla onions), just pickled (cauliflower in beet juice), just fried (organic bacon), and finally, just grilled: rosemary olive oil bread. And now, I will run out and pick a bunch of ripe … Continue reading

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