Seed Cleaning 101

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  We’ve already begun sowing the seeds for the 2015 seedlings.  Some of the seeds we take from storage in the
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Harvesting summer fruits

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One of the great pleasures of summer in Central Washington is the abundance of fresh fruit to enjoy: cherries!  peaches! serviceberries!
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My Tronsen Ridge Suite

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Last week I made a seed collecting foray to Tronsen Ridge above Blewett Pass, escaping the smoke-filled Wenatchee Valley.  This area
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Disjunct Plants, or “How did THAT get here?”

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North Central Washington has a concentration of endemic plant species, those found growing nowhere else (see blog post of July 1st,
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Endemic Plants: Special Ones from the Wenatchee Mountains

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  Thompson’s clover (Trifolium thompsonii) Endemic plants are those found only in a limited geographic area.  The Wenatchee Mountains of Chelan and
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Native Cacti of Central Washington

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Cactus plants (of the family Cactaceae) are native to the Western Hemisphere, with Mexico having the greatest diversity of species.   In
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Desert Buckwheats: Star Qualities but Often Overlooked

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   Cushion buckwheat (E. ovalifolium) Desert or wild buckwheats (Eriogonum sp.), members of the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae), are native to North America
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What It Takes to Grow Healthy Native Plants – “Dirt and Pots!”

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The majority of plants native to the lands east of the Cascade Mountains are adapted to sites and soils that can
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Attracting MORE Insects with Native Plants: Part 3 – Bird Food and Biological Control

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  Syrphid fly (larvae are aphid predators) on marsh marigold (Caltha leptosepala) Native plants are the key to attract native fauna.
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Seedlings are everywhere – must be spring!

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We sow the seeds for the native plants we grow in the fall and winter of each year; it is with
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