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Posts by Stacy Aleksich

Gardening: By a Not Very Green Thumb Gardener

As a nutrition professional and sustainable nutrition advocate, it’s hard to believe that until several years ago, I didn’t have much of a garden. Here’s how I got started.

Plants in Nancy's landscaping
Strawberries, rhubarb, a tomato plant, and more tucked into Nancy’s existing landscaping.

A big eye-opener for me was reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, her account of her family’s challenge of eating only local food for a year, much of it grown themselves. Wow – I was inspired! Too bad I read the book in October, really too late in the year to rip up the lawn and plant tomatoes, which was what I was envisioning. And did I mention that my gardening skills are minimal at best?

Wildlife of Paradise Farm: Rabbit, Coyote, and Deer

As reported in last month’s blog, wildlife monitoring activities at Paradise Farm have begun. Thanks to Grace Coale’s donation of time and supplies, two of the eight trail cameras Farmer Frog is seeking for the “Black Bear Project” have been installed. Grace, a lifetime naturalist, has worked on wildlife monitoring projects around the Puget Sound region that have provided best available science to local decision makers around conservation issues and land use practices. Make sure to stop and have a chat if you see her tracking around the farm. She has a lot to share.

Winning at the Flower and Garden Show

Plants
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been an annual celebration since 1989. It is the second largest garden show in the United States. The show brings supporters of farms and gardens from all around. It features landscaped exhibits that offer hundreds of ideas and inspiration for individual home gardens.

Wait, you can eat that!

As I begin to harvest things in my own small vegetable garden and visit the Farmer Frog booth at the Everett Mall Friday Farmer’s Market I’m learning more and more parts of the plants we normally toss in the compost that we can (and should) be eating! It is interesting and exciting to me so I thought I’d share a few.