Humboldt Flower Power At Its Best

Humboldt Flower Power At Its Best

Humboldt Flower Power At Its Best   Ferndale Florist Puts Her Magic To The Test Photos and Story By Jamie Hindley    Ever since I’ve opened my flower shop in Ferndale, I have made it a point to attend as many educational floral programs as possible. I have met and learned from some of the top floral designers from around the world. In September 2011, I was in Palm Springs networking at the Rose Parade with…

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Mole Madness: To Hell with These Hills!

Mole Madness: To Hell with These Hills!

Mole Madness: To Hell with These Hills!  By Sarah Moore For many gardeners this is one of the most pleasant times of year. The vegetables are in and thriving: pumpkins and melons sprouting, tomatoes turning red and gold, eggplants ripening to purple perfection. Lovely gladiolas wave in the wind with long-necked elegance while clematis and hydrangea flaunt gorgeous blooms along hedges and over fences. Even in the rainy Northwest the sun is shining and the…

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A Pestless Paradise: Keep Slugs Out of the Garden

A Pestless Paradise: Keep Slugs Out of the Garden

A Pestless Paradise: Keep Slugs Out of the Garden By Sarah Moore There’s nothing more discouraging than tilling, mulching, planting, watering, weeding, and generally babying a garden, only to find it one day taken over by that heinous nemesis of gardeners everywhere: the slug. Gardeners in the Northwest, where the rain and general lack of heat and humidity create conditions quite conducive to happy slugs, may find themselves plagued by this pernicious pest, and for…

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Humboldt Botanical Garden: Get Your Nature On

Humboldt Botanical Garden: Get Your Nature On

Humboldt Botanical Garden Get Your Nature On By Benjamin Fordham   Humboldt Botanical Garden Get Your Nature On As we hurry back and forth in our daily lives, it’s easy to mistake the rat race for reality. It’s not. Reality is plants and animals, the sun and sky. Reality is quiet, and peaceful. And if you’re in need of it, the Humboldt Botanical Garden is an excellent place to find it. Turn off at the…

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Bargain Garden

Bargain Garden

 Bargain Garden Home gardening is not only a relaxing activity, but a refreshing and rewarding one as well. There’s something about plants, besides the oxygen, that makes us feel good about ourselves. I went to the Arcata farmers market and fell head-over-heals in love with this one flower stand. At $2.00 a tray I felt like I was ripping them off.   Unfortunately in the past all my plants have shared a short life expectancy.  I…

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Native Gardening

Native Gardening

Native Gardening You Can and You Should By Sarah Moore There are a lot of reasons to garden: for exercise, for fun, for food, for beauty. I honestly can’t think of a bad reason to get on your knees and dig in the dirt, but if you need another good one, here it is: save the planet. If that seems a little overdramatic, then consider that by some estimates about 90 percent of the wild…

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Your Next Home Project: The Strawberry Patch

Your Next Home Project: The Strawberry Patch

 Sarah Moore Garden Columnist   Strawberry Patch First-time gardeners are often leery of investing in strawberry plants when they see them at the farmers market or garden store. The plants, always so small, berryless, and insignificant, seem totally unworthy of their usual $2.99-or-so price tag. In fact, though, strawberries are one of the best deals out there: unlike carrots, which needs constant love and attention, or lettuce, which at the drop of a dime will…

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