“Steadfast” sounds like “The Little Engine That Could,” and that's what the shiitake is all about. Shiitake is one of the easiest and most productive fungi to grow, producing more flushes of fresh mushrooms for you - up to five on average - when grown in sawdust or grain. When grown on logs,…

The plight of the bees is a topic close to every gardener's heart. I never knew that there were "other" types of bees that didn't make honey; I certainly do know about - and dearly love - honey bees. As a child, I recall vividly that first taste of delightful honey. It was on a soft dinner r…

In stark contrast to the disputes seen at other school board meetings throughout Chelan and Douglas Counties, the Waterville’s school board meeting this past week showed that our town can express disagreement surrounding the state’s masking mandates while still showing mutual respect.

Foster Creek CD will hold a regular Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 8, between 6 – 8 p.m. at Mansfield Community Hall, Main Street, Mansfield. Please refer to FCCD’s website (www.fostercreekcd.org) or contact District Manager Amanda Ward on 509-449-2158 for remote access information, i…

After finally being able to spend some extra time in the hoophouse, now that it has cooled off, I was able to trim my tomato plants. I didn't know you were supposed to trim tomato plants, and this can be another touchy subject for some. One side says to never trim, and the other says to alwa…

If you haven’t attended the NCW Fair in Waterville since Carolyn Morley took over as fair manager, you have been missing out. She and her staff have worked tirelessly to turn our small-town fair back into a big-time event. The fair returns at the end of the month after a one-year hiatus. The…

Amy Larsen meets all the preconceived notions of a librarian, and not the "shush, be quiet" type, but the one who will truly facilitate you to higher levels of hope for reaching your greatest truths and imaginations. She is a true gift to the small town of Waterville, a hidden gem to some an…

I've always loved the story of Stone Soup. A hungry "stranger" comes to a small town, but no one is willing to part with their precious food to feed him. People have food, but not enough. He adds magical stones to a bubbling pot in the center of town, piquing the curiosity of the townsfolk.

Cucumber plants are so delicately beautiful, especially the flowers. After working with pumpkin, zucchini, and various squashes, which can be brutal on your hands and arms, it has been a pleasure.

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Waterville saw a return of classic cars this past Saturday as the Waterville Rollers Car Club hosted their annual car show this past weekend.

On what would have been a sleepy Saturday morning in Waterville, the streets were busy as people came into town to attend the debut of the Waterville Plateau Farmers Market. The event, which was hosted by the Waterville Mainstreet Association. It was the first of three farmers markets being …

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After a year away, the Waterville pool has reopened just in time to help locals deal with the first heatwave of summer. Waterville’s Deputy Clerk, Erica Stoddard, is excited that the pool is able to open this year and so are the people of Waterville.

Two local Master Gardeners from the Chelan/Douglas County Washington State University Extension paid our little Badger Patch a visit. The Badger Patch is the Waterville Community Garden, or the “CG” as I like to call it.

1. Frame, pounding, gluing: For the frame, it is recommended to use pressure-treated 2x6 wood. We used untreated 2x4x12 because we already had it on hand. We also used 2-inches-by-3-foot grey electrical conduit, since white PVC degrades in the sun. Now for the fun and most important part: po…

At exactly 31 days, we harvested a bumper crop of gorgeous white icicle radishes. I was worried about the soil having too many main nutrients and not enough of the others. We had amended the soil with a touch of borax, a cup of coffee, crushed eggshells blended with a spot of vinegar, and so…

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The NCW Fairgrounds has a new welcome sign and entry area, as well as a new name. It is now officially the Douglas County Fairgrounds—Home of the North Central Washington Fair.

I surely have opened a can of worms (literally and figuratively) while researching soil after I received the results from the soil test done on my bed at the community garden. Soil testing is good. Though, it does generate a mad scramble to amend, as soon as possible, the problems that have …

Please join us for a blood drive at Waterville Community on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: WatervilleCommunity to schedule an appointment.

“Olla” is actually pronounced oh-yah! What is an olla, you ask? Well, let me take you on an imaginative journey. Imagine that you are a gardener with nary a spigot nor garden hose and the closest water is a good distance away. The water that is accessible is from a limited source that depend…

I really love the idea of succession planting. It is the efficient use of your growing time and space. Some plants — carrots and radishes, for example — don't mind being planted together at the exact same time and in the exact same space! Wow, talk about an allusion to living a detailed and …

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Waterville resident Carol Cowling has been the superintendent of the open horse barn for about 35 years. It is an intense job during the five days of the fair that involves her being at the barn each morning at 6 a.m. and again each evening at 9 p.m. She can take some breaks in between, but …

We have Badger Mountain and Badger Mountain Road, and Waterville has its own little Badger Patch with 10 gardening beds. It is located on the northeast corner of W. Ash and N. Columbia. I am not sure what's up with all the badger-themed names. I have lived here getting nigh on seven years an…

We built our expandable cedar potato bins back in 2016 and have used them every year since, though not always for potatoes. This year, we have moved the bins to a sunny spot that will catch first light, and have purchased some red and purple seed potatoes to grow. We love the purple varietie…

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The South Douglas Conservation District Tree and Shrub Sale was back on April 3 this year, and judging by the volume of sales, people were more than ready to take advantage of the chance to buy trees, shrubs and wildflowers specially selected for North Central Washington’s climate and habitat.

You may recall my stratification process of the various seeds I had collected last autumn, namely cherry, apricot, peach, and plum. I placed them in pots with a small amount of dry soil and abandoned them. Yes! I totally walked away and left them to go through our hard, cold winter and they …

There's just something about seeing a dump truck back up and unload a big pile of gravel. It's a show, albeit everyone acts like it's no big deal. It is! It takes you back to the sandbox, playing with trucks and shovels in the sand, and digging holes to the other side of the earth.

If you like writing and are interested in community, think about joining us at the Douglas County Empire Press as a community correspondent. Currently, we are looking for correspondents to join us covering a variety of issues in Waterville and the surrounding area. If you are interested, ple…

What an amazing year for World's Best! This competition has never been as competitive as it was for 2021! The community known competition saw more than 13,000 nominations in round 1 which made up more than 2,300 businesses, people, and places across our community.

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