Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

Year in review


November 18, 2021

Alex Féthière

After seeding and thinning, this beet took no care besides automatic watering and weekly showers in compost tea.

Root vegetables are a favored foodstuff in my gardens. The satisfying expansiveness of grain without its digestive challenges is reason enough, and the enhanced storage life is a bonus.

Until this year I hadn't been able to grow conventional root vegetables like beets and carrots. Scorzonera, salsify, yacón and so on - no problem. Whether on Long or Harstine Islands, my soil had never the tilth for more conventional garden fare.

In Long Island I was growing vegetables in rehabilitated lawn sod. Over many years I lightened it enough to grow anything but beets and carrots, so I figured the p...

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