Whenever I hear the phrase ‘ You must have a ‘green thumb’, I think it means ; a) you must be a really good gardener, b) you must have a lot of knowledge about horticulture, or c) maybe you are just plain lucky at growing plants.

Well, I’m not so sure about all that , but I’m pretty sure that I got mine from constantly pulling weeds in my garden, cause I also have a couple of green fingers too.


Q; Why do gardeners get up early in the morning ?

A; To chase critters out of the vegetable patch.


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We are a small nursery business out of the quaint town of Edwall in the state of Washington. The Michael family has been farming land in this area for over 150 years. Originally we owned an egg hatchery and eventually moved onto farming wheat and barley. For the last 20 years, our nursery business has steadily grown and allowed us to transition away from wheat and barley farming. We're glad you found us on the web. On our site you will find a variety of gardening information, how to’s, tips, stories and ideas, along with some charts, schedules, guides and web links useful to plant growers, seed planters and home gardeners.  We also spend a lot of in the kitchen, so we also have recipes and food preserving information. You can check out Grandma's blog or Grandpa's blog to see what we've been doing recently around the farm. We love plants almost as much as we love to talk about plants with other plant lovers!  Please feel free to contact us, through the email addresses below, with any comments, questions, or answers to questions we may post on our website.

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Link Deer Resistant Plants
Link Deer Resistant Bulbs
Link Vegetable Encyclopedia
Link Moon Phase Planting Chart
Link Weather by ZipCode

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  Visitors at our farm often ask, “ How do you grow so many plants ? “.  My answer is, “ I plant a lot of seeds “ .   Well, the whole story would take a lot of explaining, so in this article , I will give only the steps  involved that I use on our farm.  The key to success is as usual,   Planning and Scheduling .  Start with a garden plan and a list of plants that you want.

050  Step 1 :  What, Where, and When ;  WHAT kind and variety of plants are you going to grow, keeping in mind your Climate Zone , choosing ones that are compatible with your area.  Also noting how many plants of each kind you want to end up with, always adding a few extra just in case seed germination is low or you change your garden plan later.  WHERE are you going to plant the seedlings once produced, considering things like height and spread of each variety, light preference ( sun, shade or partial sun ) and again how many plants are needed to complete your garden plan.  WHEN to plant your seeds so they will be ready to plant at the proper time for your area’s climate.  Some plants grow best during cooler weather ; like pansies,  violas, cabbages, lettuce and many others, but some plants require warm temperatures free from frost ; like tomatoes, peppers, marigolds and others.  Most seed catalogs have this information included with plant descriptions or have a free seed planting schedule chart available which tells you dates to plant your seed for your area’s climate.  Of course , you must make some minor adjustments for your particular climate and requirements.  With these things considered,  you can now order or buy your seeds in a timely manner or all at once as I usually do, so I can sort, organize and get excited about planting them. 


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  We use this recipe for all our family holiday dinners. We start making them 1 hour before mealtime so we can enjoy them fresh and warm from the oven.


   Ingredients :

3/4 cup warm water ( @ 110 degrees )

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 egg ( beaten )

1 cup all purpose flour


1 1/2 – 2 cups additional flour


    Directions :  ( preheat oven to 350 degrees )

Mix first seven ingredients until smooth. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.

Add remaining flour until dough forms a ball and sides of the bowl start to become clean. With buttered hands, pinch off walnut sized pieces and form into balls.  Place balls in greased cake pans about an inch apart.  Cover and let rise 15 –20 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 –25 minutes until golden brown. Brush or rub tops with butter.

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