Monthly Archives: May 2012

Balsamic & Ginger Chicken Wraps

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Here is a dish that is easy to make, is inexpensive and has an Asian flair. Put the following ingredients into a crock pot and stir together: 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 … Continue reading

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Lady’s Mantle: It may Surprise You

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I was given an unmarked plant several years ago. I found a place for it in a flower bed in my back yard and it pretty much got lost among the more showy plants around it. But then yesterday, while … Continue reading

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Hitching a Ride: Sexton Beetles and Phoretic Mites

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I came across a fascinating example of a mutualistic symbiotic relationship today in my back yard. Unfortunately, the few photos I was able to take did not turn out well. However, even without adequate visual support, I though this interesting … Continue reading

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Recycled Planter

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This is a planter I set up for my mom’s birthday. The flower pot was quite old, and weather damaged. But with a little spray paint, and 10 or 15 minutes of time, it looked like new. With the $20 … Continue reading

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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One of the first things my 17 year old son asks after school is, “what are we having for dinner? His second question is invariably, “what are we having with it?” The side dish has become almost as important as … Continue reading

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Rhododendrons Need Few Words

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Starting in April, rhododendrons and azaleas seem to dominate the landscape in the Pacific Northwest. It is easy to see why this diverse group has become a favorite in many gardens. Here in Washington State we have gone a step further … Continue reading

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White Coral Slime Mold

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Coral slime (Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa) has a worldwide distribution and is one of the most common varieties of slime mold. It grows on rotting logs in shady, moist areas. I found this patch in the wooded ravine behind my home in southwest … Continue reading

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Dryer Drum gets New Life in the Garden

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Our clothes dryer gave out on us a couple months ago, and we had to buy a new one. Take a look at what I used the old dryer drum for. Okay, this may not be for everyone, but with nothing … Continue reading

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