skagit garden almanac : august 2020

part instruction, part aide-memoire, part skagit lore august 18, 2020 “If the first week of August is warm, the winter will be white and long.” Weather Lore Calendar, 2022 Old Farmers Almanac Summer is in full swing – Skagit is in the 80’s and after a scorching weekend that saw triple digits, this feels positivelyContinue reading “skagit garden almanac : august 2020”

my summer love – the hydrangea

Like puffs of cotton candy, the summer hydrangea – sweet and nostalgic in summer and evoking saudade as it fades in the fall, a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness with the passing of the season – I will always anticipate the return of my summer love…. hydrangea Recently, a visitor to the NewhalemContinue reading “my summer love – the hydrangea”

Biochar: cutting-edge technique with ancient roots

Dating back thousands of years to a civilization in the Amazon Basin, soil scientists have analyzed regions of dark rich soil found within historically inhabited areas and found high concentrations of charcoal and organic matter.