Not Tonight Deer!

Deer Repellent Elixirs for Your Plants by ROBIN SNYDER Tumalo Garden Market Why are certain ingredients effective? Research at the USDA/National Wildlife Research Center in Olympia, Washington, has shown that: • Repellents that emit sulfur odors, like that found in egg products or bloodmeal, provide the best control; • Repellents applied to leaf surfaces are more effective than those (such as capsules or reservoirs) that release an odor intended to create a perimeter; • Repellents…


Organic Lawn Renovation

by TISHA FARRIS of Central Oregon Lawn Center In our last article we discussed aerating and thatching one’s lawn to relieve compaction and increase air, water, and nutrient intake to the soil. We recommend doing this combo once in the spring and once in the fall. Alas, there is more to the story if you want a full and vibrantly green lawn in the Central Oregon region. The first ingredient to the recipe for a…


Bee Update from Tumalo Bee Academy

by STEPHEN HARRIS, Tumalo Bee Academy Spring has sprung. April was a critical time for our bees. Last winter was cold and heavy with snow. Not so this year. Because of the warmer winter there were days our bees had opportunities to fly and do house cleaning. Unfortunately, there was nothing to bring home. Consequently, they used more of their stores then normal. By now, the colony should be building up a population of workers….


Harvest a Return on your Landscape Maintenance Investment

by ERIK HOTVEDT of LAWNS Landscape Maintenance You probably spend $100-$200 per month, or hours every weekend, on landscape maintenance. Have you considered ways that your landscape could return a dividend rather than being a drain on your pocketbook? Or make it worth the time that you are investing? The same practices for maintaining your landscape are currently the same necessities for most vegetables and herbs. Most of these plants have the same requirements as…


Organic?

by Kathi Miller, Fresh Start Farms The shorter the distance between where your food was grown and you, the better for your health and the health of the planet. The fewer people involved in getting your food from field to your mouth, the healthier for all concerned in that effort. In 2000, or there about, the great green organic seal arrived on our food. We started to have trust in a green sticker — the…


Beef Pho

by Bethlyn Rider of Bethlyn’s Global Fusion 1075 NW Newport Ave. in Bend • 541-617-0513 Ingredients • 2 large onions split in half • 1 large hand of ginger (about 6 inches long) split in half lengthwise • 3 pounds beef shin, with meat attached • 2 pounds oxtail, cut into 1/2 to 1-inch thick slices • 1 pound boneless beef chuck • 1 pound beef brisket • 3 whole star anise pods • 1…


7 Step Guide To Buying A 1/4 Beef

by Jessica Oddo, Mt. Shasta Wild LLC Wild Foraged Beef at the Base of Mt. Shasta So you’re ready to eat healthy, do it affordably and have new cooking inspirations but are intimidated by the thought of how to go about buying a quarter beef. If every reference or website you read adds to the confusion then follow the simple steps below. 1. Freezer Space “How much freezer space do I need?” is a common…


Are You Supporting Local?

What Everybody Ought To Know About Supporting Local Farms by Elizabeth Weigand Owner, Agricultural Connections We are in an era of abundant information with options and choices at our fingertips. Nearly everything, including how we shop for food, gives us reign of choice. With so much choice, what is the tipping point that leads to final decisions: convenience, price, selection, aesthetics, relationship, size, health, shelf life, familiarity, or flavor? There is a motive driving our…


What Do YOU Have to Trade?

HomeSpun Magazine is working to bring in experts to teach you how to grow your own food and cook it. I find that when people grow their own food they often have more than they can use, that they either give away or it goes to waste. What if there was a way to bring gardeners together, or producers of any sort, to trade their surplus with? This might allow one family to specialize in…


Savory & Sweet Roasted Belgian Apple-Sausage

by Robin Snyder of Tumalo Garden Market 19879 8th St. in Tumalo • 541-728-0088 Ingredients: 3 packages of high quality Gluten Free Chicken Apple Sausages. (At least 2 sausages per person or game sausage of choice. Don’t use Italian seasoned sausage, breakfast seasoned is better) 4-6 apples, sliced and de-seed, skins on or off as preferred. (Hard pie apples like Macintosh, Granny Smith, Gala, depending on size) 1 large sweet onion, quartered and chunked. (Can…