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The growing season in Western Washington begins with the first rains of autumn. Once the soil is damp, plant alliums and corn salad for easy eating until next fall. Set transplants and forget about them until they green up in February, or earlier. Seed a lawn that will grow itself. Check out the delicate blossoms of Japanese anemone, that look like April. Admire next season’s rhododendron buds.
The secret to relaxed and happy life in Western Washington is to accept, often with difficulty, that life is much easier here than in the brutal continental climate to the East, where four distinct seasons rule and extremes of temperature are the norm.
Early Euro-american settlers on Puget Sound said, “When the tide is out, the table is set.” My inner hunter-gatherer likes to live as close to old way as is realistic.