What this? It’s oca, a South American root vegetable that can be grown in other parts of the world, including here in the Pacific Northwest. You can eat it raw or cooked. When eaten raw, it tastes kinda like a cross between radish, jicama, water chestnut and raw potato. It’s fun to try something new, yes?


Would you like to help the bees? Plant bee-friendly flowers! Here’s a selection from my garden: echinacea, liatris, lamb’s-ear, zinnia, borage, veronica and nasturtium.


Some people can’t resist buying new shoes. Or furniture. Or cars. Me? My weakness is plants. Here are the latest: pink and white veronica. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds also love them. Nice, yes?