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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