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This is how to plant in the summer, from the Whistling Gardener

Now that the summer weather has arrived someone will ask the perennial question: “Can I still plant now or should I wait until the fall?”We can plant any time of the year provided the soil is not either frozen or water logged.

Now that the summer weather has arrived it never fails that someone will ask the perennial question: “Can I still plant now or should I wait until the fall?” For the record, we can plant any time of the year provided the soil is not either frozen or water logged. As promised last week, here is how to do it successfully in the summer.

Northwest Reads from University Book Store: “Special Operations,” by Tom Lukas

At the age of 33, Seattle writer Tom Lukas left his career as a master carpenter and licensed homebuilder to pursue fiction-writing full-time.

At the age of 33, Seattle writer Tom Lukas left his career as a master carpenter and licensed homebuilder to pursue fiction-writing full-time. His recently released debut novel, “Special Operations,” is a dark psychological thriller inspired by a deeply personal life experience. On New Year’s Day 1986 in Auburn, Massachusetts, Lukas’ older brother Stephen became the first local police officer killed in the line of duty when he died in a car crash while responding to an emergency call.

Left Coast/Right Coast: This is so much fun and should be so easy (but it’s not!)

I am in the middle of buying a new car for our son. Normally, buying a new car should be one of the most pleasurable things you can do. There is that new car smell, the knowledge that you have a new car, which should assure years of trouble free operation.

I am in the middle of buying a new car for our son. Normally, buying a new car should be one of the most pleasurable things you can do. There is that new car smell, the knowledge that you have a new car, which should assure years of trouble free operation. In fact, the car we’re about to purchase has a 10-year warranty on just about everything. No problem right?

If only life was so simple. Now, for perhaps the 60th time in my life, I entered (at my own peril) the world of car salesmanship.

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