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My Fecal Coliform Bacteria Machine…


Actually, Welly isn’t the only Fecal Coliform Bacteria machine out there. All pet waste that’s left sitting in your yard can get into our streams, rivers and Puget Sound (or whatever is downstream for you).  High levels of the bacteria have already been found in a lot of our local waterways. Read more

My Garden Idea Board – Pinterest

Have you heard of Pinterest? I love it. It allows you to ‘pin’ (aka save) pictures onto bulletin boards. I used to do this the old fashioned way by clipping pictures from magazines and taping to a scrapbook. I’ve even found some of my old clipped pictures on Pinterest.

Anyway, it’s great for creating idea boards. Plus, it links to the sites that originally posted the picture and a lot of times there are instructions to go along with the picture – like the cement bowl pictured below.

If you’re not on Pinterest and you’re interested in joining, let me know and I’ll send you an invite. After all, you need to be invited to join – it’s exclusive. ;)

Here’s a link to my jardin (garden) board pictured below:

Meet Our New Addition — Welly!

You may be wondering why I’m being so quiet this summer. Well, we got a new puppy a couple months ago and he’s keeping us mighty busy (along with our wonderful friends). He’s 3/4 Papillon and 1/4 Maltese/Yorkie. He was born on May 8, 2011 (Mother’s Day). We love him.

Of course, I had to name him Welly.


Welly and Moo Moo (Mickey) are best friends

He’s such a love he even gets along with the chickens — sorta. He and Licorice chase each other around the yard. I think they’re playing? It’s my mission to get a good video and post it online. Stay tuned.

Want to Hide Your Trampoline?

I was hanging out at a friend’s house this weekend and FINALLY remembered to take a picture of their trampoline. They’ve done the most amazing thing with it. They buried it!

This not only makes your trampoline safer, it keeps it hidden out of view! It’s a win-win. I’ve been meaning to share this with you for awhile now. I think it’s brilliant.

To dig your hole you can either get out your shovel or you can do what my friends did and use heavy machinery.  Then make sure you line the hole to keep the soil from falling back in to your jumping area.

Girls jumping safely on buried trampoline


Snohomish County’s Biggest Plant Sale is May 7

I’ll be working the sale, make sure you say ‘hi’ if you stop by!! Here’s the news release sent out this afternoon:

Thousands and thousands of plants—vegetable starts, over a hundred varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, perennials of all kinds, native plants, trees, shrubs, ground covers, specialty perennials—all to be sold in just five hours starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 7, at McCollum Park.

Snohomish County’s largest fundraising plant sale benefits the WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener program. Most of the plants have been raised, divided and potted by Master Gardeners, who will be available to answer questions throughout the sale area, which covers three parking lots.

In addition, eight specialty nurseries will be selling unusual, hard-to-find plant varieties.

This once-a-year event is staged outside the Extension offices in South Everett at the back of McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. SE.

All proceeds benefit the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and which provides support to the county’s Master Gardener projects, which include plant problem clinics throughout the county and three demonstration gardens among other projects.

For more information call the Master Gardener Hotline at 425-357-6010 or visit the Foundation website