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Soaker hose watering and how to keep plants hydrated, from the Whistling Gardener

Soaker hose watering will be the hot topic for this week after this extremely hot and humid weekend. Even if we get the cooling and possible showers they are predicting it will still be necessary to get some additional water on our gardens

"Wow, what a corker this weekend was."

I am pretty sure that I spent 90% of my weekend on the end of a hose. Of course when you are responsible for 15,000 plants it's no surprise that watering is top priority. But even in my garden I had a hose running somewhere the entire weekend. My goal was to build up a reserve of moisture in the soil to keep my plants hydrated through the next several days.

Just in case you haven't put a shovel in the soil recently, our gardens are bone dry once you dig beyond 6 inches.

Soaker hose watering will be the hot topic for this week after this extremely hot and humid weekend. Even if we get the cooling and possible showers they are predicting it will still be necessary to get some additional water on our gardens.

Left Coast/Right Coast - So many complaints, so little time

The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

Highway 99 Encore: The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

See, this is another example of bureaucracy run amok. The poor schmuck doesn’t stand a chance. The lights are timed so if you are dumb enough to attempt to run the light, the yellow signal is timed to be so short that unless you’re traveling at Mach 1 – you cannot make it through before red. Then that ticket shows up with your dumb face looking directly up at the camera – with your license plate displayed below (ask me how I know this).

If you are traveling at Mach 1 or above, you also get a camera ticket for speeding (again, ask me how I know this).

The only good thing here is that a camera ticket is not classified as a moving violation, so it does not go on your insurance and doesn’t increase your premium about 20% for three years (again, ask me how I know this).

Free Workshop - Living Well with Chronic Conditions (Mill Creek YMCA)

Senior Services of Snohomish County is offering a free six week workshop in March/April 2013 and again in July/August 2013.

Senior Services of Snohomish County is offering a free six week workshop in  July/August 2013.

This is the first time Senior Services has offered Living Well as an evening workshop.  Register now for the session beginning Thursday July 11th.

This six-week workshop, developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Department, is designed to help individuals who have an ongoing condition (such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and hypertension) improve the quality of their lives.

Keeping Cool this Summer – with Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season of Pitta or the fire element. Pitta governs our metabolism and intelligence and is our ability to digest food, information and emotions.

Summer’s in full swing and BBQs, flip flops and sunscreen are in high demand. According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season of Pitta or the fire element. Pitta is the energy of transformation. It governs our metabolism and intelligence and is our ability to digest food, information and emotions. Pitta’s qualities are hot, sharp and intense.

Pitta is increased by excessive heat like too much hot spicy foods or a lot of hot emotions like anger, frustration and intense competition. Since the summer is the season of Pitta when it is hot outside the fire element in us increases too. We may experience irritability, skin rashes, increased sweat, red itchy eyes, acid indigestion and even be prone to road rage.

One of the main principles of Ayurveda is “like increases like” (that’s why hot things increase the fire element) and balance is achieved by the opposite qualities. So if Pitta is hot, sharp and intense think calm, cool and peaceful to bring balance.

A few words of wisdom for the last week of June from the Whistling Gardener

As we wrap up June and move into July I can tell you unequivocally that you can continue to plant just about anything all the way through the summer and into the fall.

As we wrap up June and move into July several thoughts come to mind. First and foremost is the perennial question about planting and I can tell you unequivocally that you can continue to plant just about anything all the way through the summer and into the fall.

You can even plant corn as long as you do it in the next couple of weeks. Forget “knee high by the fourth of July." A short season corn will still ripen for us in late September if it is planted by the first week of July.

The one single trick to successful planting this time of year is to plant properly into well prepared soil and “water-in” plants correctly. This “watering-in” step is where most home owners screw up.

2013 Run of the Mill 5K to hand out virtual race bags

In an effort to reduce waste and cleanup after the race, the 2013 Run of the Mill 5K will provide their registered racers with a virtual race bag chock full of goodies.

In an effort to reduce waste and cleanup after the race, the 2013 Run of the Mill 5K has partnered with the industry-leading software platform, Virtual Race Bags® to provide their registered racers with a digital race bag chock full of goodies.

This is being done to eliminate unnecessary waste from plastic bags full of paper, and to provide a more effective way for local businesses to provide the registered racers with their coupons and offers.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Abbrev. (Abbreviations and other offensive intrusions in our lives)

HTHAY? (How the hell are you?) We live in a culture chock full of abbreviations. Sometimes it is impossible to actually understand what the other person is saying.

HTHAY? (How the hell are you?) We live in a culture chock full of abbreviations. Sometimes it is impossible to actually understand what the other person is saying. Example: I went AWOL because my POSSLQ was becoming a PITA. I went away without telling anyone – (absent without leave) because my cohabitator (person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters) had become difficult (a pain in the *ss).

Or I suspect the NSA, DCA, FBI, DOJ or CIA thinks I am an effin (f-king) terrorist because I wrote that the POTUS and FLOTUS (President of the United States, First Lady of the United States) were MIA (missing in action). Too bad as I’ve BTDT (been there done that) and that is a BFD (big freakin’ deal).

2013 Mill Creek Festival Main Stage lineup is announced

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

One of Mill Creek's summer highlights and a favorite family event is the Mill Creek Festival, which is put on the the Mill Creek Business Association. 

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

The Main Stage at the beer and wine garden is a fun place to enjoy continuous, live entertainment throughout the weekend and the area will stay open for an extra hour on both days.

Greens will do ya’ good - whole wheat arugula pizza recipe

Kate Towell's whole wheat arugula pizza recipe piles on the greens.

This week I harvested my first batch of greens from the garden and they were fantastic By now you know I am BIG fan of eating greens. One of the first things I did when I began my journey to healthy eating and vibrant living was to load up on dark leafy greens. Dark leafy greens and other green veggies are the single most powerful foods you can add to your diet to create vibrant health. Soon after I began to green up my diet I immediately noticed shifts in my moods, lack of cravings, increased energy and brighter skin!

Dark leafy greens and other green veggies are nutrient dense. That means they pack a lot of the good stuff in each calorie. The result? Loads of energy. In addition, these powerful foods can eliminate cravings, boost energy, balance digestion, strengthen immune function and give skin a radiant glow.

Left Coast/Right Coast – Why I love alligators and other animal adventures

I’ll admit I have a fondness for alligators. Why? Well let’s start with extinction and survival. Sixty five million years ago a large meteor hit the earth ending most life. But the alligators survived virtually intact.

Alligators: What’s the connection between alligators and the Pacific Northwest? Well, visitors all over the U.S. bring back baby alligators from trips South. They grow until they’re too big to keep at home. Some owners let them loose wherever they happen to live. New York City has an urban legend that suggests there are monster alligators loose in the sewer systems. Whenever someone’s dog or small child disappears, it is often blamed on these loose alligators.

Sometimes, the urban legend is true. (See next:) The Urban Legend is True. And although I am unaware of any alligators crawling out of Seattle sewers, it is possible. So watch yourself next time you hear a hissing sound coming from under your car.

I’ll admit I have a fondness for alligators. Why? Well let’s start with extinction and survival. Sixty five million years ago a large meteor hit the earth ending most life. But the alligators survived virtually intact. They have not changed in a couple hundred million years. Now some might suggest they have not “evolved." They still have a small apricot sized brain. But if you look up the dictionary definition of intelligence, you will read: “ability to adapt." So I argue alligators must be far more intelligent than we are.

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