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Dealing with foliar disease, welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

The Puget Sound has a maritime climate with a high relative amount of moisture in the air and mostly mild temperatures. These conditions make for a fabulous growing environment, but they also are ideal for many foliar diseases that can drive gardeners nuts.

We live in a maritime climate and what makes us unique from other parts of the country is the relative amount of moisture in the air and the mostly mild temperatures. These conditions make for a fabulous growing environment for plants but they also are ideal for many foliar diseases that can drive gardeners nuts. Here is what we can do to help mitigate these kinds of problems.

Forever home cat of the week - Gabriel

Gabriel is an exceptionally sweet cat who likes dogs, other cats and kids, as well as adults.

This gorgeous boy now known as Gabriel appeared late on a July evening more than two years ago in Lisa’s driveway, crying and scared. He clearly wanted help but he was too traumatized to let anyone near. He would only come so close and then dash away when anyone tried to approach him.

Over the next two years, he came to Lisa’s yard every night after dark, crying and rolling in the grass to get her attention. For months, he ran when she brought him food and water, only creeping back to eat when she retreated to the porch to guard him while he wolfed down every bite as fast as he could.

Back from the show and ready to go!

The Whistling Gardener hopes that many of you had a chance to attend the Northwest Flower and Garden show this last week. It is always a highlight of the month for him and a great way to get him into the mood for gardening again.

I would hope that many of you had a chance to attend the Northwest Flower and Garden show this last week. It is always a highlight of the month for me and a great way to get me into the mood for gardening again. It never fails that I don’t come home with some new plant or gadget that I just have to have to make my life complete and this year was no different. Let me introduce you to the M Brace.”

Forever home dog of the week - Lil Miss

Lil Miss is a 3 year old Terrier mix girl. She was transferred to Seattle with her two puppies from a high-kill shelter in California and just arrived in our rescue.

Lil Miss is a 3 year old Terrier mix girl. She was transferred to Seattle with her two puppies from a high-kill shelter in California and just arrived in our rescue.

Lil Miss is housebroken and usually takes care of business twice a day. She will bark when someone knocks on the door or rings the doorbell but does not bite, nip, or bark for no reason. She is very shy and timid around people she is not familiar with.

Five powerful reasons to eat a plant-based diet

What we eat significantly impacts how healthy and happy we are, and moving towards a plant-based diet is one of the simplest ways to radically improve your health, your sleep and your mood.

If I could make a single dietary recommendation to people looking to establish vibrant living, it would be to eat more plants! Most people I talk to desire more energy, better sleep, clearer thinking and brighter moods. What we eat significantly impacts how healthy and happy we are, and moving towards a plant-based diet is one of the simplest ways to radically improve your health, your sleep and your mood.

Left Coast/Right Coast: It was just a football game

I respectfully suggest that some of us living in greater Seattle (and many other cities in the U.S.) are a wee bit too parochial. What do I mean? I mean we can take pride in where we live. We can promote the area as if we worked for the Chamber of Commerce. But let’s leave it there.

Now I know some of you reading this are going to be upset. Trust me on this one.

I respectfully suggest that some of us living in greater Seattle (and many other cities in the U.S.) are a wee bit too parochial. What do I mean? I mean we can take pride in where we live. We can promote the area as if we worked for the Chamber of Commerce. But let’s leave it there. To do much more makes us and the city look defensive about what we’re about and undermines the value of the area to those living elsewhere.

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