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…

I finally was able to get a good look at my bed. It was gifted to me by our local Waterville Community Garden and is a surprisingly large area (12' x 4') to plant whatever fruits, vegetables, flowers, or herbs I would like this growing season. The snow has finally melted enough for me to be …

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Columbia Valley Community Health’s (CVCH) mobile clinic, called Connect, will be at the United Lutheran Church parking lot in Waterville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 31 and April 29, with a lunch break for staff from 1 to 2 p.m.

An online auction held March 13 through 21 brought in about $29,000 in proceeds, according to Fair Manager Carolyn Morley. In addition, crab sales brought in a profit of $2,560. Additional proceeds included donations totaling $700 and sponsorships totaling $1,800.

Talk about a serendipitous moment in action. We do a lot of projects using upcycled or recycled materials. I just can't seem to throw out those amazing containers. I see so much potential in them and this time, the two plastic containers I saved were perfect for my hydroponic starts. One con…

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After almost six weeks of finding alternate routes west of town, Waterville motorists once again had access to the Pine Canyon Road beginning the evening of March 14.

I had a great idea to try growing radishes indoors, in small containers. I bought an inexpensive aluminum pan with a clear lid to hold the small plastic yogurt containers and to protect the plants. It is like a mini greenhouse sitting on my coffee table, positioned in exactly the right spot …

Gardening has a way of spreading, expanding not only on the land, but into the minds and hearts of a community. One just never gets over the fact that a small seed, as if by magic, can grow into a plant to feed a multitude. Gardening has value, in that it can feed the hungry masses, but it c…

II took the outer leaves from two red cabbages, chopped them up into some boiling water, and let them sit for about 10 minutes. I then strained the water from the cabbage into a mason jar, producing a lovely, dark purple solution. I was a little skeptical that anything could happen, but lo a…

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Following a public hearing, the Waterville Town Council voted at its regular meeting on Jan. 19 to re-zone the area encompassed by Birch Street, Walnut Street, Chelan Avenue, and Rainier Avenue from Residential-1 to Residential-2. Residential-2 allows for multi-family housing.

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The Badger Mountain Ski Hill opened for the season on Jan. 16. It was a foggy morning, but that didn’t stop skiers from Waterville and beyond from flocking to the hill to ski.

During the past few years, the Waterville Main Street Association has helped to keep valued traditions a part of Waterville, has provided assistance to local businesses in keeping their buildings attractive, has worked to beautify Main Street, and has opened a community garden to provide gar…

Approximately three weeks ago, Waterville residents Kate James and Tera Williams received their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Both work as ICU and PCU Registered Nurses and have been regularly working with COVID-19 positive patients since the outbreak began in 2020. They agreed to…

Rockwool. I immediately envision those pet rocks of the 70s standing around, sheep-like, grazing in green pastures, when someone comes along with shears, cutting off their coats, creating Rockwool. It's actually made from basalt and various other rocks or rock by-products. It is heated and w…

I'm getting serious about saving water this next growing season. I'm trying the “Dutch Bucket System” on a small scale, with options to expand to a larger one if I like the results. The Dutch Bucket System is a form of hydroponics. Apparently, it's easy to just test the waters by starting wi…

I've mentioned weeds before and how difficult it is to deal with them here in Waterville. That pesky field bindweed is one that will somehow come up into a pristine planter with brand new, fresh-out-of-the-bag potting soil. You know the weed I'm talking about. It's actually quite beautiful, …

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The building currently known as The Blue Rooster has had multiple uses since it was constructed around 1900. Information provided on Bruce and Cathy Clark’s application for the building to be placed on Waterville’s historic register lists some of its many uses. These include a harness shop, …

With the new year, expectations run high, conjuring hope for a glorious growing season in 2021. White-covered gardens glistening with snow and ice will soon give way to warm, muddy ground, and peeps of green here and there. And there is much to be done still before the spring thaw. But befor…

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