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In the Garden: Start planning now for a fire-wise fire season

North Central Washington is a complex natural environment to live in. Fire has been a part of this place for millennia — erasing and re-writing the landscape and enlivening the forest with new growth while eliminating the overstock of debris and turning it back into accessible nutrients.

Exercise gym etiquette

Etiquette is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it’s about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others. After all, isn’t etiquette the invisible glue that holds civilized societies together?
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Bringing the outdoors in

This story originally appeared in the November-December issue of Foothills Magazine.
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In the Garden: The right steps for reblooming orchids

My first memories of orchids are the corsages my father bought my mother each year for Mother’s Day. She would keep them in the fridge and be able to wear them to church for a few weeks. I remember being fascinated by the strange shape and brilliant colors of the flowers.
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Fall is a good time to control weeds

Fall is an excellent time to control noxious weeds such as Dalmation toadflax, rush skeletonweed, Canada and biennial thistles, knotweed, whitetop, houndstongue, Russian and diffuse knapweed.
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In the Garden: This family grows gardeners

Eating fresh vegetables is no problem for 5-year-old Rhys Nelson of East Wenatchee. He rates kale his top favorite, followed by broccoli — not usual fare for a kindergartner. Next are carrots and strawberries, more likely picks of most youngsters.
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In the Garden: Creating spring’s swath of color begins in fall

Is there anything more beautiful than a field of spring flowers? Probably not, but most of us do not have the space to create such a vista. We can, however, naturalize small bulbs in our lawn and dormant flowerbeds to create a miniaturized vision of a meadow.