The Slow Flowers Challenge: A Bouquet for Late April


Have you heard about the Slow Flowers movement? It’s a bit like Slow Food, but in a vase instead of on a plate. Local Seattle garden guru Debra Prinzing is the champion of the slow flowers idea. She’s written and spoken extensively about why heavily sprayed, monocrop-grown flowers, flown in from all over the world are bad news.

It’s funny, but even the most ardent 100-mile-diet locavore might still pick up a bouquet of South American roses for Valentine’s Day without really thinking about it. Until I heard of Slow Flowers, it hadn’t occurred to me, but up here in the Northern Hemisphere, roses in February are pretty ridiculous.
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The Cabbageworm Caterpillar In Your Garden: How To Control It


You can always tell the non-gardeners. They’re the ones who see the bland white butterflies with the black spots on their wings fluttering over my cabbage plants and say things like, “Ohmygosh how pretty! Butterflies!”

Poor, poor, misguided fools. They never go crazy, like I do, for the dive-bombing glint of dozens of dragonflies. They never squeal with delight over the first flight of the orchard mason bees. Nope – it’s always those damned butterflies, parents to one of the most ubiquitous garden pests in the Maritime Northwest.

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Eat From The Larder Challenge 2015


Maybe I didn’t plan very well when I enthusiastically committed to doing another Eat From The Larder Challenge this April.

We already had a scheduled a family vacation. Non-negotiable. We already had a scheduled dinner-date with friends. Non-negotiable.

We were completely out of butter. Clearly, running out of butter is a dire failure of larder maintenance. I offer no excuse beyond, 9 months of book writing and editing distracted me from butter. (That should give you some idea how all-encompassing a book is. I forgot butter, which I consider a major food group.)
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