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We garden where it’s high and oh so dry…where the deer and the buffalo roam.

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. Some folks will cringe when...

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 to re-cut the trunk, about an...

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 some pretty black eyed Susan and ornamental grass seed heads and pods for...

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 happens? I have lots...

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 couple years ago, I had...

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 tomatoes (finally) and turn them...

Planning • If you haven’t already sketched out the garden as it was this year, do so now. • If you admired a new and different vegetable or fruit in a friend’s garden—or at the fair—make a note of that. • Continue to keep track of your harvests by...

A couple of links for great seed saving information: SeedSavers.org. Several area nurseries are offering classes in proper seed saving techniques as well. Here's the perfect storage kit for your seeds: from The Seed Keeper Company. Whether you are cleaning and saving seed from your garden,...