#MYWILCOLIFE BLOG

Pickled Beans: Canning with Mike Darcy

Mike Darcy

By: Mike Darcy
August 7, 2017

While I often write about how fortunate we are to be living in an area where we have such a diverse variety of plants, that diversity includes not only flowers, but vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries. On recent visits to gardens this summer, I am seeing more vegetable gardens than I can ever remember. Gardeners…

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Keeping Plants Happy in the Heat with Mike Darcy

Mike Darcy

By: Mike Darcy
August 3, 2017

Knowing the weather predictions for the next few days, I was up early this morning to get my plants watered before the heat of the day. If the weather prediction is accurate, for the next few days we will have temperatures over 100 degrees. Not only we will be suffering, especially for those without air…

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Summer Blooms & Attracting Hummingbirds with Mike Darcy

Mike Darcy

By: Mike Darcy
July 28, 2017

In my garden, we have many potted plants on our deck and the plants that I select must withstand the hot summer sun. Most of the areas on our deck receive sun from morning and continuing throughout the day. There are some areas that get some partial shade in the morning, but for the most…

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Talking Tomatoes with Mike Darcy

Mike Darcy

By: Mike Darcy
June 15, 2017

Earlier this week, I stopped in the Wilco Canby store to check out their tomato selection. WOW! It is very impressive. They have a huge selection to choose from and instead of all their plants being in 4″ pots, they also have some larger sizes. I believe that tomato growing weather is finally here. Unless…

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Memorial Day in the Garden with Mike Darcy

Mike Darcy

By: Mike Darcy
May 28, 2017

Memorial Day weekend is the time when I like to think that summer is finally here. There are always projects to do in my garden and my belief is that a garden is never actually ‘finished’. However, at this time in late May, much of the early spring maintenance has been done. The deck has…

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How to Make Jam & Jelly

Ball Canning

By: Ball Canning
May 28, 2017

Creating delicious spreads is as simple as measuring accurately, cooking to the correct temperature and preserving using the boiling water method. The following guide will show you how to make jam or jelly without using a Ball Automatic Jam & Jelly maker. Additionally, the video tutorial will walk you through the creation of a mixed…

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Proper Paint Prep & Cleanup Tips

True Value

By: True Value
May 22, 2017

Step 1: Paint Preparation: Prepare the Work Area If your painting project takes place indoors, remove furniture from the room in which you’re working or place it in the center of the room and cover it with drop cloths. Place drop cloths or tarps on the floor and remove fixtures, window coverings, switch plates and…

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Traeger: Grilling Tailgating Tips

Traeger Grills

By: Traeger Grills
May 22, 2017

Be the King of the Parking Lot Tailgating is just as important as the game itself, Traeger makes tailgating easy and wood-fired smoke infuses game day food with delicious layers of flavor, your food will be the best tasting BBQ of the lot. Our grills have a large cooking capacity while still being portable. Traeger…

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Hanging Baskets with Mike Darcy

Mike Darcy

By: Mike Darcy
May 6, 2017

On a recent visit to Wilco, I knew it must be May as the garden center was ablaze with the color of flowering hanging baskets. It seems as though May is the month when hanging baskets begin arriving in garden centers and their color is certainly a welcome sight. This year with our wet and…

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Planting Seed Potatoes with Mike Darcy

Mike Darcy

By: Mike Darcy
April 29, 2017

On a recent visit to the Wilco store in Canby, I was impressed with their assortment of fruit and vegetable plants.  For example, it is not always easy for home gardeners to find a good selection of potatoes, but they had them here.  Plus, this is an ideal time to prepare the soil and plant….

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