Container Gardens

Apartment life means balcony growing of peas in pots and bush beans in bushel baskets. Indoor edibles — such as parsley, mint and trendy lemon grass —feed not just the apartment dwellers but their friends as well.

This group combines gardening with cooking and entertaining. A crop of ripe tomatoes grown on a sunny balcony is an event worth celebrating with a dinner party. Another reason for the interest in herbs and vegetables is the need to experiment with different ethnic and healthy eating recipes – Marianne Binetti

Real Life of an MSW

herb-container-garden-front-web.jpgHerbs are one of the most rewarding container crops. Most are also easy to grow. Still, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to make sure your potted herbs reach their bushy, lush best. I have also found the combinations of planting herbs together are endless. Here are a few that worked for me. I would love to hear what works for you.

A lot of sunlight and relatively dry, lean soil varieties: Rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram and lavender all fall into this group. Thyme is a tiny, creeping plant that easily can be kept in the bounds of a pot, and it may be paired with a prostrate rosemary and variegated sage, which grows more slowly than all-green sage.

Moisture-Lovers: Basil, cilantro, tarragon and parsley also like full sun, but these species prefer more moisture in their soil than rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme…

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Radom Act of Kindness

A client, recently asked me after a very emotional session “What is the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you?” I find that to be a loaded question. I am sure many kind acts have been done throughout my lifetime that I am unaware of. This spring I returned home one day to find my rotten porch spindles replaced. I thanked my spouse and he confessed he hadn’t yet found time to complete the task. I asked my neighbor and she said her husband had completed the task. I thanked them profusely and asked how I could repay them. Their reply was “You do every summer. We have mint for mojitos, our children eat your tomatoes, and you return their toys when they’re tossed in your yard.”

With that said, one of my favorite sections of the paper is the rant and rave section. I love these raves. Can you imagine the world just being a happy place?

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RAVE To the wonderful women who bought our groceries Christmas Day when we forgot our credit card. We will pay it forward!

RAVE To the wonderful person who sent my son‘s wallet by FedEx to our house with everything in it, including $700 in cash! Thank you so much.

RAVE To the good Samaritan who dropped off Clarence, a 10-year-old German shepherd mix, at the Regional Animal Service of King County in November. He has a new home and many new people who love him. Happy New Year!

RAVE To the unknown stranger who bought my breakfast on New Year’s Day. The waiter told me it was her tradition to start the year right by giving. The warm gesture delighted and inspired me, and will be happily paid forward.

RAVE To the wonderful person who found my eyeglass case filled with treasured family jewelry that I unknowingly left behind at Sea-Tac Airport and turned it in to Lost and Found. Your honesty and kindness made 2017 end with so much gratitude and belief in good people like you!

RAVE AND RANT Rave to people who keep their trees trimmed so the neighbors behind them can enjoy the incredible views this city has. Rant to the ones who don’t because they say, “It’s such a nice tree.” If you like it so much, plant one in front of your view!

RAVE To the local restaurant owner who stood on the sidewalk in front of his restaurant with a tray of hot spice tea for the participants in Saturday’s Women’s March. I was freezing, and his gesture was so appreciated! I love the people in my city.

RAVE To the woman who blocked traffic with her car after my son on his motorcycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left in the street. Fortunately he was able to drive home, and she followed him to make sure he was safe. What a wonderful person!


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My agent says, ‘You can write the screenplay, or you can get the movie made.’ ”—Ben Mezrich

Positively Purging-I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes and passing the real life wisdom on to others as I embark on this new venture of “positively purging“, as I know each of these pieces represents something…

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