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Celebrating local food, farms and the DIY spirit in the great Northwest

DIY

Five-week course provides basics in beekeeping

Nov 4th, 2013 | By
Five-week course provides basics in beekeeping

Three sessions available through Master Beekeeper Program WSU Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor three sessions of the apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced
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Extend your growing season with a cold frame

Oct 1st, 2013 | By
Extend your growing season with a cold frame

by Samantha Schuller If you were grumping and muttering under your breath this summer at your unproductive melon vines, short tomato season, and stunted peppers, now is the time to start gloating about our Pacific weather. We here in the Northwest are blessed—that’s right, blessed—with usually mild winters, which means that we get a growable
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Vermicomposting: How to compost household scraps, garbage using red worms

Mar 2nd, 2013 | By
Vermicomposting: How to compost household scraps, garbage using red worms

by Callie Martin Of the many delicious meals cooked from the garden, left behind are delicious food scraps, waiting to return to the soil as compost. Compost is nature’s way of recycling all things that were once living. There are several options for composting food waste at home. One of the most popular is vermicomposting.
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Raising sheep in northwest Washington

Feb 5th, 2013 | By
Raising sheep in northwest Washington

Part 1 of 2 by Jessica Gigot I did not grow up on a farm, but from a young age I was fascinated by sheep. It might be because my last name is French for ‘leg of lamb’ or that I have had a life-long obsession with sweaters, mittens and all things wool, not to
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Apple Cider: A look at how to press your own

Oct 6th, 2012 | By
Apple Cider: A look at how to press your own

by Samantha Schuller Fresh apple cider is a delicious addition to fall menus, and pressing it at home makes for a great family tradition. Kids love pocketing windfall fruit and gathering around the press to watch sweet cider pour from the spout. Any apple that’s tasty to eat will make cider that’s tasty to drink.
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Build a raised bottle bed

Sep 1st, 2012 | By
Build a raised bottle bed

by Samantha Schuller Raised garden beds offer many advantages. One of the most beneficial is that the soil warms early in spring and stays through fall, meaning warm garden beds can be seeded earlier with better germination rates. A twist on a traditional raised bed, developed by Innovative Landscape Technologies in Everett, uses repurposed wine
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How to make feta cheese

Aug 5th, 2012 | By
How to make feta cheese

by Marnie Jones When I was a new dairy goat owner contemplating cheese making for the first time, I went with what seemed like a safe choice: feta. The salty brine in which feta is stored and refrigerated provides a buffer against the ambient organisms that can complicate hard cheese making, and the process of
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Pallet projects: Reuse every inch of space

Jun 1st, 2012 | By
Pallet projects: Reuse every inch of space

by Mike Watson Pallets. They’ve become a popular item for reuse at home and in the garden. You can use them for lots of ideas: storage, coffee table, shelves, and a pallet garden! A pallet garden is great for someone who has small space or not a lot of time to create a large garden
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Make an evergreen wreath

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
Make an evergreen wreath

by Grow Northwest A beautiful evergreen wreath is one of the most popular holiday decorations. Look around each season and you find them hanging from doors, fences, barns and even vehicles. Adorned with ribbons, bows, cones, holly or other decorations, an evergreen wreath makes a beautiful, simple decoration, and one that is easy to make.
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Build an earth oven in your backyard

Jul 12th, 2011 | By
Build an earth oven in your backyard

by Chris Elder People have been constructing earth ovens for thousands of years. The process for building these ovens, also called hornos, has remained unchanged, except we presently have a few more tools at our disposal. The most abundant and most commonly used building material on earth IS earth.  Clay is  the key ingredient for
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