Month: April 2014

Its Fir Tip Time!

Share…Every spring, I eagerly anticipate the emergence of Douglas Fir tips. My favorite recipes are simply adding the tips to your water bottle when out on a spring hike, making a probiotic fir tip soda, or creating a fir tip sorbet to delight your friends and family. Enjoy these recipes and post any you come […]

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Coyote Mint Chocolates

Share…Coyote Mint Chocolates Collect leaves of Monardella villosa in spring or summer, prior to flowering. 1 cup raw cacao butter 1/2 cup raw cacao powder 1/4-1/2 dried and finely ground Coyote Mint leaves 1/4 cup raw, local honey to taste 2 Silicon Molds (available in cooking stores) Method -Melt cacao butter in the sun. If […]

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Ninebark in the Garden

Share…Ninebark in the Garden by Darlene Ward When our much-desired rain finally arrived, I noticed bright green leaves emerging on the Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus). The leaves were especially vibrant in their moist surroundings and, upon closer inspection, there were clusters of buds already showing. I was reminded of the questions I had about pruning […]

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Spring Native Plant Sales

Share…Spring plant sales offer an opportunity to add natives to your backyard that are attractive in the landscape, drought-resistant and useful for gourmet food and effective home medicine. I’ve been busy looking through my garden for empty spots where I can add more native gems and making my list of what beautiful plants I hope […]

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Why its Sexy to Pull Scotch Broom

Share…Scotch Broom is my nemesis. I’ve spent the last 5 years pulling it, writing about it, trying to make baskets, brooms or anything useful from it, hiring crews of people to pull it with jumbo weed wrenches, and teaching my six-year-old to spot it from his car seat. Why have I bothered? Scotch broom might […]

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