Patrons braved Saturday's wind, intermittent rain and occasional whiffs of garlic breath for the Heirloom Tomato and Garlic Festival at Northwest Organic Farms, where they could browse farm-grown fare and have their gardening questions answered by Washington State University Extension master gardeners.
How many of you out there have a green thumb? If you're blessed with the ability to nurture plants, I'm a bit envious. My thumb could best be called "olive." Mother Nature I am not, but I can coax the flora to thrive when needed. Currently I am taking care of three small houseplants, in addition to an exuberant basil plant — quite a "bounty" for me — but I've been considering the idea of adopting a few more members from the kingdom Plantae. I just want to make sure that the combination of my average plant-keeping skills along with the behavior of a highly inquisitive resident feline won't spell certain doom for any future adoptees.
When Sherrie and Lenny Hendricks were considering buying a home in the Fisher's Landing East neighborhood in the late 1990s, it was the lushly landscaped Summer's Walk Park across the street that sealed the deal.