“Kick That Cold in The Booty” Remedy

Simple and Safe Ingredients

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 wedge lemon

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Bring the water to a boil. Combine hot water and apple cider vinegar in a small glass or mug. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Top off with a squeeze of lemon. Take a deep breath of the mixture, and start drinking.

Garden “To-Do List” Calendar

January
Begin your summer planting plans
Add an extra layer of compost around the garden
Water your evergreens regularly as long as temps are above freezing

February
Begin regular weeding
Add a bit of fertilizer to your borders, shrubs and rose bushes
Remove dead growth

March
Aerate the lawn and sow grass seed
Repot any of your potted plants to give them some fresh soil
Plant your summer bulbs

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April
Give young trees, shrubs and rose bushes any extra support with stakes
Keep up that weeding and cleaning up the garden beds

May
Do regular checks for slugs and snails
Place supports for any of your tall perennials
Tidy up any of your early flowering plants

June
Check for plant lice, pests, rust and other diseases
Fertilize your borders

water your garden regularly

July
Make sure to start a regular watering schedule to soak plants twice a week
Add a layer of mulch around the bases of your plants
Support and tie up tall plants

August
Keep ponds and water features cleaned up
Harvest vegetables as they become ripe
Deadhead flowering plants regularly

September
Feed your lawn with a fall treatment
Take down your hanging baskets and replace with winter friendly plants
Plant evergreens

prep your lawn for fall

October
Prep your ponds for fall
Clean up greenhouses and garden shed for winter
Divide your perennials
Rake up those leaves and use them as a mulch for perennials

November
Clean out pots / containers and place them upside down
Keep soil moist around your evergreens
Cover all perennials with a layer of leaves and compost

December
Disconnect your outside tap and insulate
Pick Christmas greenery from your garden
If frost free…all trees can be pruned and bulbs planted

Be Nice to the Bees | Buy Plants that Are Bee Friendly

Both Home Depot and Lowes are stepping up to help protect the bee population. Home Depot has required nurseries to label plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, and Lowe’s has made a commitment to phasing out sales of products that contain them.

What are neonicotinoids you ask?…Neonicotinoids are a new breed of insecticides that are chemically related to nicotine. Like nicotine, the neonicotinoids act on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse.  They are more toxic to invertebrates, like insects, than other higher organisms, which is why they are attractive to deter insects. They have become popular because they are water soluble, which allows them to be applied to soil and be taken up by plants.

 

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So what is the danger?  New research points to to the impact on bees and other beneficial insects. The exposure in a plants pollen passes on a low level contamination. The exposure level does not normally kill bees directly, but is found to effect some bees’ ability to foraging for nectar and locate , and possibly impair their ability to find their way home to the nest or hive.

When shopping for plants, ask question. Identify resources in your area that provide organic and non-neonic product selections.

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Cook up a Buzz Worthy Bunch of Carrots

Recipe: Honey Roasted Beets & Carrot

Beets & Carrots

Ingredients

1 pound new or baby carrots with tops
1 pound baby beets
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons organic honey
1 tablespoon water

Place a small roasting pan in oven and preheat oven and pan to 500°.

Cut greens off top carrots, leaving 1 inch of greenery on each carrot.

Cut greens and root off beets, slice into 1 or 2 inch slices.

Chop onion finely.

Stir together olive oil and 1 Tbsp coconut oil in preheated pan. Add carrots, beets, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Bake 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan melt remaining 2 Tbsp. coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 1 minute.

Remove from heat.

Stir in bourbon, honey and water.

Return to heat, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until mixture is reduced to a thin syrup.

Pour syrup over carrots; toss to coat. Bake 8 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender.

 

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NW Area Farmer’s Markets

Vancouver & Portland Area Farmers’ Markets

It is getting to be that time of year…soon the rain will lift and you can stroll down to your local market for a delighful array of fresh fruits, vegitables and local vendors. Here are some of the area markets, click on the link to go to their website.

Old Town Market                        Battle Ground, WA (Saturday)
Camas Farmers’ Market             Camas, WA (Wednesday)
Ridgefield Farmers’ Market         Ridgefield, WA (Saturday)
Vancouver Farmers’ Market       Vancouver, WA (Saturday & Sunday)

Garden Veggies

Beaverton Farmers’ Market        Beaverton, OR (Wednesdays & Saturday)
Canby Farmers’ Market              Canby, OR (Saturday)
Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market         Beaverton, OR (Saturday)
Cully Farmers Market                  Portland, OR (Sunday)
Estacada Farmer’s Market          Estacada, OR (Saturday)
Forest Grove Farmers’ Market    Forest Grove, OR (Wednesday)
Gladstone Summer Market         Gladstone, OR (Saturday)
Gresham Farmers Market           Gresham, OR (Saturday)
Hollywood Farmers Market         Portland, OR (Saturday)

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Hillsboro Farmers’ Market           Hillsboro, OR (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Irvington Farmers Market            Portland, OR (Sunday)
Lloyd Farmers Market                 Portland, OR (Saturday)
Milwaukie Farmers Market          Milwaukie, OR (Sunday)
Moreland Farmers Market           Portland, OR (Wednesday)
North Plains Farmers’ Market     North Plains, OR (Saturday)
Oregon City Farmers Market      Oregon City, OR (Saturday)

Peaches
Parkrose Farmers Market           Portland, OR (Saturday)
Peoples Coop                                 Portland, OR (Wednesday)
Portland Farmers’ Market           Portland, OR (Saturday)
Scappoose Farmers’ Market       Scappoose, OR (Saturday)
Windance Farms and Art            Portland, OR (Thursdays)
Woodstock Farmers Market       Portland, OR (Sunday)

 

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Who is The Beehive Design Collective?

The Beehive Design Collective is an all-volunteer group of artists dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools.

Screen Capture of Beehive Collective

They work to cut out the questions and anonymously by credit every piece of shared artwork to the collective as a whole; you won’t find the names of individual artists listed anywhere. They distribute our graphics by sliding scale donations, and do give a portion of the materials created to frontline communities, educators, and organizers actively working to help further the collective.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have more resources like this available in our community!

Check out this amazing group: http://beehivecollective.org/en/

Learn How You Can Help the Bees

Last year, in Wilsonville Oregon there was an incident where thousands of bees were found dead in a local parking lot. They were falling from the trees and found dead on the ground. There is currently an active investigation being performed with cooperation from The Oregon Department of Agriculture, City of Wilsonville, City of Sherwood and the Xerces Society. It is believed that this incident is a direct result of pesticide use. This is unfortunately not an isolated incident and has been an ongoing problem for several years now nation wide. Our agriculture, ecosystem and food supply are reliant on the bees and the dwindling bee population is having a huge impact. It is our responsibility to be educated about this topic. Click on the image below to download the guide “How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides” provided on the Oregon State Beekeepers Association’s website.

Reduce Bee Poisoning, A Resource from Farm Garden and Beyond

Cover Image from Pacific Northwest Extension Publication PNW 591

Or Click Here to Learn More: http://www.orsba.org/htdocs/home.php

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