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An Apple A Day

“The apple tree has been cherished by humans for untold millennia and we have carried this tree with us to every corner of the globe. As a result there are approximately 7,500 different named cultivars of this beloved fruit tree. An ancient hybrid, the domestic apple originated by natural cross-pollination between Malus sieversii, M. sylvestris, and other wild apple species in Asia Minor. With genes more »

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Red Raspberries.

“Varieties of the red raspberry, Rubus idaeus, have berries that range in color from red to orange or yellow. The black raspberry is a different species, Rubus occidentalis, with deep black berries and a distinctive flavor profile. Purple raspberries are hybrids between the red and the black.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. more »

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Ripe blackberries! Yum!

“When fully ripe a gentle tug will pull the blackberry fruit from the plant. If it doesn’t come away from the plant easily it isn’t ripe yet. Ripe fruit is rather soft and will stain your fingers purple.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. Click here to pre-order your copy of the book.

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Beneficial Babies

Click on the link below to see a brief video of a beneficial baby on my garden roses. Beneficial babies The little guy is actually a predatory maggot that crawls about your plants and eats aphids for you. The adult is a fly that tries very hard to look like a dangerous bee that will sting you. But she can’t sting. She can’t even bite! Here’s more »

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Mixing It Up in the Vegetable Garden

A polyculture garden on a small city lot mixes fruit trees and flowers, berry bushes, herbs, and vegetables in carefree abundance. The advantages are many fewer pests and much less disease. We recently were invited guests on Kate Gardner’s show “The Manic Gardener” on internet talk radio. The interview was fun and informative and Kate has posted a podcast of the complete program. Check it out more »

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New Book Released Today

Our new book, What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?, comes out today. Timber Press has, as usual, done a masterful job and produced another beautiful book of which we can be proud. We’d appreciate it if you let all your gardening friends know about it. This book is all about growing healthy, organic vegetables at home, something that more and more of us are doing more »

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What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?

Our next book, “What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?” is coming out this December, 2011, from Timber press. It’s our third book from this premier publisher. This book is available by pre-order from timberpress.com and at amazon.

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Birding Safari

Kathryn and I recently led a birdwatching safari to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon. We saw 95 species and some very beautiful birds. This beautiful bird is an American avocet. We found him wading right beside the road. Lazuli buntings were everywhere, snatching bugs out of the air like tiny flycatchers. We found this nutria at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in Washington. All in more »

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Harbingers of Spring

Spring is springing in the Pacific Northwest. One of the earliest signs of spring is the flowering of the native hazelnut trees, Corylus cornuta. It’s long golden catkins dangle from slender branches and catch the sunlight, lighting up the forest where it grows.   Tiny female flowers are housed separately from the long, supple catkin filled with male flowers. The female flowers will mature into more »

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Growing a Greener World Podcast

We had a great interview with Joe Lamp’l at Growing a Greener World and we want to share the link to the podcast with you.  Here’s the link: http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/028-whats-wrong-with-my-plant-and-how-do-i-fix-it-an-interview-with-authors-david-deardorff-kathryn-wadsworth/ Joe is so knowledgeable and personable he made the whole interview fun and informative. Check out the other podcasts on his website. They’re full of good information.

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