Category Archives: Misc


This is the time of year when one naturally thinks about resolutions and self improvement.  I am not typically one for New Year’s resolutions, but I know a lot of folks use the 1st of January as a starting block … Continue reading

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The Garden on Halloween

Halloween in my garden is a dichotomy.  On the one hand, I’m cleaning up the dying reminders of summer’s luxuriant growth. On the other, I’m transplanting strawberry runners and planning for spring. Today’s yard project, accomplished through a persistent foggy … Continue reading

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Mosses and Liverworts–wall to wall carpet

Mosses and Liverworts are everpresent in my garden.  Now and until the trees and the understory clothe themselves in fresh leaves, the interesting textures of moss are apparent.  I lost an hour or two wandering the bare brambles, photographing the denizens of moist, … Continue reading

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Eating Weeds on the First Day of Spring

Don’t you just love it when you get a full, long day of gardening in?  Thank goodness for a break in the rain and daylight savings time.  As I type this my back is tight, but my mind is clear … Continue reading

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Author’s News

2011 has brought me a new opportunity to expand my knowledge of community horticulture: I have taken the position of Horticulture Educator for WSU Extension Kitsap County.  The main responsibility of my position is teaching and coordinating the Master Gardener … Continue reading

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James SOE NYUN—Playing with Food

We’ve come a long way since man first invented agriculture, allowing us to sustain large, stable populations.  We take for granted what’s been accomplished with regard to plant breeding and food science and what it means for the food on … Continue reading

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Día de los Muertos

This time of the year always reminds me of my mom, Michele Ley.  It was my mom who introduced me to the joys and realities of gardening.  I remember her oak barrels overflowing with the bright, rainbow colored Portulaca (moss … Continue reading

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Up & Blogging…..

I’ve been meaning to start a blog for over a year.  Procrastination, not normally a problem for me, does rear its ugly head when it comes to new technology.  “Blogs? New?” some of you will be thinking.  For most people, … Continue reading

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