Entertaining in Style: Elevate your Patio this Spring

Though many Eastcoasters may laugh at us here in Portland, Winter’s hit us with its last hurrah, leaving slush to freeze into a commuter’s dream during the night. It’s late for us to get this cold (usually just lots of rain), but the sun will soon eat away the last of winter’s doldrums. It’s time …

Pest-Proof Your Garden With Natural Predator Species

Spring is coming! In Portland we’ve been getting some truly gorgeous days, with more sun to come soon. Now is the time to finish your garden planning and get to planting. Soon, you’ll be bringing healthy greenery from your garden to the kitchen table. But before you can harvest the “vegetables” of your labor you’ll …

Groundhog Day: Some Historical Context + Marmot Minutiae

Groundhog Day will soon be here! A moment, a choice approaches near. Do we get six weeks of drear, or rays of sunshine shining clear? Apologies for the verse – please don’t be terse… Groundhog Day is one of our more eccentric traditions. Each year, the news cycle briefly touches on the ritual, and these days it’s …

Patio Furniture

6 Tips for Choosing Outdoor Patio Furniture this Year

Sometimes you just want to get away from the social experience and hang out by yourself poolside, in the shade or while sunbathing. Or maybe you are looking for a better way to host your barbecues when guests come over. However, it’s hard to do this with cramped aluminum chairs or other regular patio furniture …