06/28/14 6:00am
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Happy summer! May it go very, very slow and be a nice, balmy 80 degrees or so.

If you didn’t get any strawberries yet you may still have a few days, but beware, they’re almost gone. As one tasty fruit leaves, something else takes its place. Peas, zucchini and squash have arrived and on the near horizon will be sweet corn.  (more…)

06/14/14 6:00am
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The strawberries are here and they’re delicious! Keep in mind that if it rains they will become waterlogged, especially if it’s a heavy rain, so get yours during a nice dry spell. Here’s an easy way to hull them: Simply insert a straw through the top of the berry and the hull, or green crown — comes right off. Try it!  (more…)

05/31/14 5:00am
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

And so it begins — summer! I know, not quite yet, but still it’s the unofficial beginning and may it go slowly. The strawberries are arriving at a slower pace this year because of the cold temperatures but hopefully they, along with the asparagus, will last a bit longer this season.

Now is a good time to plant whatever you’d like. (more…)

04/18/14 6:00am

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Whew, what an awesome weekend of great weather! Didn’t it feel so nice to be warm outside and not have to wear a coat? I got on the tractor for the first time in 2014. It felt so good to be outdoors after a long snowy winter, which, by the way, I also loved! Well, here we go — let’s grow some awesome fruits and veggies! 

04/06/14 6:00am
Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter. (Credit:  Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

So, did you find it strange to hear the rain? Think about it for a moment. We haven’t heard rain since … December? When snow falls, it’s quiet; rain is not! My Brookie was pretty jumpy for a while as she is not a fan of loud noises. However, since the rainfall my gardens have come alive!

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