Get up the nerve to serve, preserve Ebey’s Reserve | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 9:46AM

When you live on the Rock, it is almost impossible not to volunteer. Hardly a day goes by without some opportunity to do something good for someone around here.


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Big plans for a small orchard | Sowin 'n' the Trowel

  • Apr 21, 2016 at 4:00PM

Once I had the space ready and the deer fencing in place, the time came to tackle the task of choosing the perfect trees to plant. In this column I’ll share with you what choices I made and why.

Growing tree fruit can become a sweet adventure | Sowin 'n' the trowel

  • Mar 31, 2016 at 9:44AM

I’ll admit I got a little spoiled this past fall. When you’re weeding beneath a tree practically dripping with ripe fruit and the homeowner tells you to help yourself, what does any sane person do? You know it. You reach up and avail yourself of succulent pears, juicy apples and peaches to die for.

Rain is something we can all agree on | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Mar 9, 2016 at 5:00PM

I hesitate to say that this winter’s rain has set a record here on the Rock. Somebody out there would surely arm-wrestle me over that. Until recently, weather gauges — even the good ones — were not always reliable. So I will politely avoid an argument over this being the wettest winter ever. It just feels like it.

Get an early start with vegetables | Sowin 'n' the Trowel

  • Feb 17, 2016 at 3:00PM

Even though the first day of spring is officially a long ways away, you don’t want to wait much longer to set this year’s vegetable garden plans in motion. That’s because our mild climate makes late February the perfect time to sow snow peas, fava bean and many varieties of carrots, radishes and onions directly in the ground.

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