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Washington’s premier drive: Chinook Scenic Byway

Photo caption: Picturesque Lake Tipsoo. The Chinook Scenic Byway in Washington is recognized as the premier driving tour in Washington State. The Chinook Scenic Byway travels through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mount Rainier National Park. Major highlights 1. Skookum Falls and Snoquera Falls – Take the Skookum Flats trail off Huckleberry Creek Road. […]

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Safely Manage Insect Pests in Your Gardens

Photo caption:  Lightweight horticulture oil can be applied to garden plants during the growing season to manage insects like these leafhoppers.  Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers You plant and tend your garden hoping to enjoy a bountiful harvest and beautiful blooms. Despite proper planning and planting, insects can move in and […]

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Some Washington state parks open for outdoor recreation

Select Washington State Parks and public lands reopened May 5 for dispersed outdoor recreation. Visitors and Washington State residents continue to be encouraged to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation close to home while the “stay-home” order is still in effect through May 31. The following is a summary of what’s open vs. what’s temporarily closed. […]

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Protect Your Landscape from Hungry Critters

Photo caption: Deer can wreak havoc on landscapes and research has proven that odor-based repellents are more effective than other repellents at keeping deer and other critters from eating your plants. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Melinda Myers, LLC    by Melinda Myers While you’re busy filling your landscape with beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables, the […]

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Protect Your Skin When Gardening

Photo caption: Wear sunscreen, a hat and gardening gloves with ultraviolet protection to stay safe from ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of FoxGlovesInc.com. By Melinda Myers May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Gardening provides many benefits but like any […]

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Designing a Beautiful Garden for Pollinators

Photo caption: Raised pollinator garden beds can easily be added to any landscape. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company. By Melinda Myers You don’t need a prairie or large lot to attract and support pollinators. A meadow or informal, formal and even container gardens can bring in bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to help […]