Investing in solar energy may not be top of mind for many here in the Pacific Northwest, and a price tag that can top $40,000 would be enough to give many homeowners pause. But for some local folks, a mix of federal and state incentives and a desire to help the environment offset the initial investment.
Instead of tearing out that overgrown rhododendron, this may be the year to practice your pruning techniques. Established rhododendrons can be quite lovely plants, especially when trained as a small tree. Take the time to limb branches from the bottom up. Limbing simply refers to cutting the branches off with a pruning saw where they connect to the trunk or another main branch. Thin out higher branches for an open, airy look.
Bellevue couple built sustainably for themselves and to teach others
SEATTLE — Before she got into the construction business 41 years ago, Donna Shirey was a teacher.
A weekly listing of gardening events in Clark County.
I live in Central Oregon and roses are very expensive in our market place, so I have started some roses from seed and want to use them as a hedge when they are ready. How long will it be before I can plant my hedge? Also could you suggest how I might winter them over?
The pit bull that bit a 3-year-old Hazel Dell girl will be euthanized at the end of the month. The dog's owner, a woman from Ridgefield, turned the dog over to Clark County Animal Control and Protection, which put the dog on a 10-day quarantine.
PRAGUE — A publicist for an upcoming Marilyn Monroe exhibition in Prague says that photographs of the star have been stolen.
PORTLAND — The Portland mayor's office says the police Mounted Patrol Unit would survive this year if a private fundraising effort comes up with $200,000 in support.
In 1932, when I was 3 years old, Mama's garden at our Nebraska farmhouse was important. Laid out in rows and plowed free of weeds and crabgrass, it was planted with a selection of vegetables. The yield meant my family rarely bought food. The bounty grew, poured into the kitchen and was canned, preserved and sometimes given away. Since my siblings, Hobart and Sara Ann, did lots of the work, they had an interest in the harvested crop. Hobart and Sara Ann kept a watchful eye, and anything amiss inside the garden's tight fence was attended to.
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Esther Short — Supporters of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington raised $58,000 during the annual Walk/Run for the Animals on May 4.
HACKENSACK, N.J. — Sand-filled dump trucks — up to 50 a day — rolled onto beaches along the Delaware Bay recently in a feverish attempt to restore shorelines that had been washed away by Superstorm Sandy.
The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and many trees are in full bloom. It feels like the right time to put away the gingerbread and molten chocolate cake recipes, and bust out some fruit desserts.
At its heart, a quesadilla is a Mexican grilled cheese. Take a tortilla, stuff it with something savory, add some cheese, fold it in half and toast it. It's also pretty delicious.
Potpies are just plain appealing, but the crust and filling are loaded with fat and calories.