Master gardener’s corner — Tomato weather is here

July 29, 2015

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If you have ever been jealous of gardeners in Eastern Washington who grow big Beefsteak tomatoes by the buckets full, this would’ve been a good year to put up a challenge.

Every year, I struggle to get a few Sun Golds and Sweet 100s from pots on my shady deck, while those people east of the mountains are downing giant, sweet, juicy, fresh-picked tomatoes by the dozen. It is not fair.

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Off The Press — Cool ideas for when it’s hot outside

July 9, 2015

It’s too hot outside, you say?

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

For many people, it very well may be too hot.

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Master gardener’s corner — Ode to a shed

April 28, 2015

This spring’s weather is beautiful, one of the best we’ve had.

Either that or I’m just in a good mood right now. But it does remind me of past springs with nice memories of my childhood yard and in particular, our tool shed. It wasn’t a real shed; it was part of our big, old garage that was built for carriages in 1908. It had a hayloft upstairs and little paned windows for light, rather like an Andrew Wyeth painting.

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Is it winter or spring?

March 25, 2015

The spring equinox is upon us. People traditionally greet it with incredible joy.

Some happy, spirited souls might throw a giant feast; students stay up all night and consume too much liquor. Others might dance the night away, while some unusual folks do strange things. I don’t know what you might like to do to celebrate the end of winter — the termination of scarcity, and the return of hope and plenty.

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Tweeting up a storm

September 24, 2013

Issaquah resident shares his passion for weather

When rare thunderstorms pounded the area in early September, Issaquah resident Justin Shaw was not staring out the windows of his Talus home, marveling at the lightning strikes.

He was staring at a computer screen, tracking the storms’ paths and experiencing the extreme weather virtually with the more than 1,100 followers of his Seattle-weather themed Twitter account.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Justin Shaw displays his Weather Blog Twitter page, with more than 1,100 followers, on the laptop computer in his Issaquah home.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Justin Shaw displays his Weather Blog Twitter page, with more than 1,100 followers, on the laptop computer in his Issaquah home.

“It was almost more fun to be on Twitter talking about the storms than actually watching them,” he said. “It’s like this big party with all of these weather nerds uniting together.”

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