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Wendy Smith Novick

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since Nov 03, 2017
Columbia Gorge, White Salmon, WA
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Recent posts by Wendy Smith Novick

I love my silver hair too! I was a tie head growing up and liked my blond hair. The silver makes me feel like I am younger and more how I have always seen myself. It is a positive not a negative. I started with a white streak where I have a cowlick. It has no spread Thru out my hair but I still have this one completely white streak. On the opposite side I have a dark brown streak with no white at all. I’m enjoying the process.
3 months ago
My property is covered in Snowberry and every time I need to dig a hole, a swale, etc I have to deal with lots of roots.  My favorite tool is my root slayer.  It is a shovel with a very sharp edge and serrated sides.  It is true to its name.
If you have to deal with a lot of tough roots and are doing hand digging I would recommend looking for a root slayer.
8 months ago
As I get older I try and find ways to work smarter and not harder. The right tool for the job helps considerably in this effort.  This tool would help me a lot since my food forest is on a slope and I am not able to mow.  

Thanks Yury for the giveaway.  Permits and giveaways in the dailyish are a great way for a lot of people to find out about a useful tool.  
8 months ago
What a wonderful thread! Please post more.  Not only do these photos feed my need to see beauty but they teach me about pollinators and flowers I want, nay need to plant in my garden. Thank you. I am amazed at all of your photography.
8 months ago
I think almost every culture loves cucumbers. Here are some I love:
Japanese cucumber salad - Kyuri no Sunomono:

1 cucumber
1 tsp dried seaweed (Wakame mix can be found at Asian market or online)
2 tsp salt

(Amazu) 2 tsp rice vinegar, 2 tsp Morin, 2 tsp soy sauce, sesame seeds to sprinkle

1 combine all Amazu ingredients in a small bowl, stir and set aside.

2. Slice  cucumbers very thin. Use small cucumber if possible.

3. Sprinkle salt to take out some of the moisture (important process to final flavor because allows more vinegar to be absorbed. Toss to cover cucumbers and Leave cucumber with salt for 10 minutes

4. Place dried seaweed in small bowl with 2 cups of water and let sit 10 minutes.

5. Drain and squeeze water out of cucumber and seaweed.

6. Pour amazu vinegar mixture over cucsliced cucumber. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
This is also good without the seaweed.

Hungarian cucumber salad - Tejfeles uborka salata:
Basically the cucumber salad with thinly sliced onion, salt and pepper that others have described. Many countries have their own form of this salad.  Let sit in fridge for an hour and Sprinkle with sweet Hungarian paprika and serve.

Greek salad - Horiatiki
2 cucumbers chopped in bite sized pieces (some people peel cucs)
4-6 roma tomatoes (any tomato will work)
1/2 a red onion sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 Tblsp lemon juice
2 tsp dried oregano or use less if fresh
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

1 year ago
What a timely thread.  I am interested in building a Hugelkultur bed but have read that hardwoods are best.  I have a lot of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine logs and rounds but only limited maple and dogwood branches.  Do I need to worry or should I just jump in and see how it goes?
1 year ago
I have a “Root Slayer” shovel that I bought 2 years ago and everyone who uses it agrees that it is the best in hard soil. It is made to go through roots but works great for tough digging. As many have recommended it has a very sharp edge and is very narrow. It may be worth breaking up the soil with this shovel and going back with a wider shovel to move the rest of the dirt. This would probably be easier than a pick ax if you aren’t used to using one.
My other suggestion is to use the weather. I try and do most of my shoveling after a good rain of at all possible or the very least get my shoveling done before July.
1 year ago
Thank you again.  These photos give me enough information to feel confident trying it.  I will post a photo when I have finished and share any gate ideas. But don't hold your breath, it will be some time before i get to this.
2 years ago
Mike - What a great looking fence. Can you post photos of the corners and gates.  I'd love to see how you constructed them.  I would love to copy your fence! Thanks
2 years ago