Monthly Archives— July, 2014

Create a Sleeveless T-shirt for Gardening

Repurpose old T-shirts for cool, summer chore comfort! I’m not one for spending money on special gardening clothes—old jeans, shorts and shirts are fine for working in the dirt. I have plenty of T-shirts with stains or small holes, but the unseasonal heat this year calls for sleeveless shirts. I knew it would be easy… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • July 14, 2014
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Roasted Tomato Sauce

An easy and delicious way to process Summer’s bounty! Almost every backyard gardener grows tomatoes. Their plump red-orange globes are one of the signs that summer is in full swing. In Seattle, with our typically cool nights and short growing season, we were lucky if we had tomatoes to harvest by August. The last few… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • July 10, 2014

The Wildflowers of Mt. Rainier

Part 1: Bursts of Color on the Drive to Paradise The week found me on Mt. Rainier—what we Seattleites like to call “The Mountain.” I see it daily rising from behind Lake Washington on my walk through Seward Park, but I only get the chance to visit once every few years. We took our tiny trailer… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • July 5, 2014
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