“A thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” That’s from William Blake, and I feel the same way. I love Thanksgiving, with its focus on family and friends. I have so much to be grateful for.
One of my favorite breakfast foods of all time is French toast. My father used to make it for me as a little girl. Nothing made me happier than to wander upstairs on a Saturday morning to find…
Ordering takeout is a little tricky when you live in the country. We’ve got exactly one pizza shop that will deliver where we live. And sometimes nothing sounds better than a delicious hot din…
The kids are back at school. The house is cleaned up and all of the holiday decorations, debris and goodies long gone, either carefully packed up for another year or physically removed from th…
I love newspaper food pages, what with their Bolognese sauce recipes and reviews of locavore bistros. They tell us how to eat well, and that’s something of real value. Putting thought into wha…
Happy New Year! I admit for as excited and ready as I am to usher in a brand new year, I’m still a little lost in the fog that takes over between Christmas and New Years.
“This is the start of a new season in your life’s garden. So plan with courage. Plant with hope. Tend with kindness. And by all means, celebrate every single bit of the harvest.”
The Master Gardener clinic at the WSU Extension office is not only a resource for gardening questions but also for garden pests and other insects. No one likes these unwanted visitors, so we first try to identify them and then suggest measures for natural control or elimination.
December can be a quiet month in the garden, but there are more things to take care of than you might think. This week, get your work clothes on and get busy.
If given the correct treatment when introduced to your garden, mushrooms can benefit your soils, enhance your production and, according to recent research, benefit your bees.
“For nature gives to every time and season, some beauties of its own.”
While we’re busy pulling on wool socks and long underwear, the insects and other creepy-crawlies in our yards are utilizing an amazing array of mechanisms to withstand wintry weather.
Hummingbirds in your garden provide visual and auditory entertainment as they flit and perch, showing their shimmery colors and aggressive protectiveness.
Way back in the mid-1980s, when my husband and I first started gardening, we had some friends who raised horses out in West Valley. They had a lot of horses, and those horses produced tons of manure. When this happens, who ya gonna call? Well, the Baranys, of course.
The gardening articles you enjoy every other week in the Yakima Herald-Republic are written by community volunteers who are certified as Master Gardeners by Washington State University.
Weeds seem to be the most visible lawn and landscape pest, and will always be a major headache for homeowners. Weeds have evolved to be tough and opportunistic, taking advantage of thin areas in our lawns, landscape beds or fields and pastures the moment we turn our backs.
Each year at the Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinic, a well-trained group of volunteers takes hundreds of calls from Yakima gardeners. A frequent concern: hydrangeas.
Every year since 1996, the American Hosta Growers Association picks one outstanding variety to honor as Hosta of the Year. The winner for 2019 is “Lakeside Paisley Print,” with thick, heart-shaped leaves edged in wide, wavy green margins. A narrow, creamy-white feather seems to fill the cent…
Each January, in the dead of winter, gardeners need a reminder that there’s a new season just around the corner.
With the excessive heat this summer, many gardeners have turned to shade cloth to protect their crops and tender plants.
To celebrate the birth of each of his two daughters, my father brought flowers to my mother at the hospital. He chose potted hydrangeas each time. I never asked him why, but my father was a practical man. A bouquet of roses could have seemed too ephemeral.
Tomatoes are the most beloved vegetable in the garden patch. They are easy to grow, but it’s difficult to decide which ones to plant.
Celery (Apium graveolens) is a vegetable that is popular with the health conscious. The stalks are almost absent of calories, yet contain important vitamins and minerals. Many herbal remedies claim that celery helps balance blood pH, lowers cholesterol, relieves constipation, normalizes body…
It’s no secret that I suffer from the horticultural version of the My Eyes Are Bigger than My Stomach Syndrome. I can still hear my mother’s words every time I helped myself to a bigger portion than I could ever finish.
This weekend in London, the Royal Horticultural Society is hosting the epic Chelsea Flower Show. Held on the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital since 1912, it’s become the most eminent garden show in the world. Members of the British royal family attend every year, along with 157,000 visi…