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Pumpkin takes a walk on the savory side

It's hard to make it through fall without stumbling over a bright orange pumpkin, but that doesn't mean many end up on your dinner plate. Besides the ubiquity of pumpkin pie, most pumpkins end up as decorative items — carved up as jack o' lanterns or displayed as some colorful harvest scene. This is a shame, because they are extremely versatile in the kitchen, working well in both savory and sweet dishes.

Brain game claims can’t be proven, study says

The booming brain game industry appeals to people eager to fight age-related memory loss and otherwise boost their brain power. But can playing brain games on your phone or computer really make you smarter?

The genius of Ste. Michelle’s Riesling

For the past 16 years, Riesling has been an important part of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s portfolio. In fact, Washington’s oldest winery has been crafting Riesling for decades.

Winterize your garden tools for next year

Ah, nothing like a good fall rain, but don’t get too comfortable now that you’re all done with your garden. With Old Man Winter just around the corner, I’ll make sure your garden tools will be in good condition in the spring when you need them again. 

In the Garden | Consider garden globe-trotting

Fall is a transitional time of the year. For me, I start to think more and more about taking a vacation since travel is the carrot at the end of my proverbial stick. After the farming is done, it’s time to go explore! 

In the Garden | Grow as a gardener, attend conference in Leavenworth

As gardening chores wind down with cold weather approaching, it’s the perfect time to further your knowledge of gardening. I’m thinking of the baker’s dozen of classes on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth. Titled “Ready. Set. Grow.,” it’s an educational gardening conference for both the public as well as Master Gardeners. It features speakers from throughout the state and is hosted by the Master Gardener Foundation of Chelan County. 

In the Garden | Putting your garden to bed

Have you harvested yet? As summer officially transitions to fall, it’s about time to start considering winding down your garden and getting it ready for the offseason.

In the Garden | Ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener?

People often ask me, “Is it fun being a WSU Master Gardener?” No it is not merely fun, it is far more than that. Being a WSU Master Gardener is educational, thoughtful, stressful, companionable, interactive, satisfying and stimulating. It is all those qualities, and perhaps you would like to also be involved in this most enjoyable volunteer opportunity.

In the Garden | How to save seeds

So you say you have never saved seeds before. Well, you are in luck because today is a great day to start. There are a multitude of plants in your garden and landscape that you have the ability to collect the seed from and fall is the time to do it.

Avoid overuse injuries

Are you looking to be more physically active? If you’re planning to do more exercise or play more sports, beware of overuse injuries.

In the Garden | Planning for next year’s garden

September is bittersweet for me, as a huge conglomeration of vegetables and flowers are giving up, days are definitely shorter, and it’s obvious that many plants are winding down in the garden.

In the Garden | Tips for transplanting shrubs, trees

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to consider transplanting your shrubs or trees. It’s a tricky and delicate process, and I’ll try to give you some pointers to help ease the stress of moving plants around your property. This process can also be applied to planting new shrubs and trees in your garden.

In the Garden | Needle cast is not usually a cause for concern

The average person sheds 100 hairs a day. Shedding for cats and dogs is stimulated by the light changes occurring around the equinoxes. Trees also shed. We understand deciduous leaves turning color as the light wanes and falling from the tree with the first frost. What is less understood is evergreen needle cast, or shedding of the two- or three-year-old needles from the branches.

Mixed-material tables show trend done right

Mixing materials, particularly in unlikely combinations, is an appropriate interior-design trend for the Internet age. After all, many of the online tools favored by design-obsessed people — Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram — are inherently collagelike, allowing users to pull together a range of images, ideas and inspiration from various corners of the web and organize them in one place. Why not, then, boldly combine disparate elements when decorating the rooms of your home? Or, for a lesser commitment, go for a single, statement-making piece of furniture that does just that?