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Planning is key for winter gardens Even with the cold season winding down, it’s the perfect time for Whidbey greenthumbs to consider what to grow in a winter garden. Several Whidbey Island farms harvest in early 2014, and farmers have some tips about the types of vegetables to plant so they can enjoy fresh produce during cold months. Owners of two farms, Willowood on Central Whidbey Island and Deep Harvest farm on South Whidbey Island, are still picking such vegetables as carrots, beets and chard. Though months before winter, gardeners should start thinking in spring about the types of vegetables to plant, said Georgie Smith, owner of Willowood Farm located near Coupeville. “One problem is they think about it too late,” Smith said. Growers need to consider whether they want to plant vegetables that can grow under chilly conditions or plants that can store through winter. Those storable plants include winter squash, onions and shallots. As for growing vegetables through the
winter, Smith said vegetables such as carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas and parsnips fare better when the mercury dips. Those seeds have to be planted early enough to be fully grown by the time cold weather blankets Whidbey Island. “That’s where most people make their mistakes. It’s really about looking at maturity dates,” Smith said. Some plants, such as parsnips, have a 120-day maturation and should be planted by late-May and early June in time to be mature by mid-October. Types of spinach that are suitable for cold weather should be planted in mid-August, cabbages in midJune and kale and chard in September. Once the ground is cold, the vegetables will either stop growing or growth will slow. Smith described the ground as being a giant refrigerator that stores the crops. Even though the region has weather conditions good for growing crops through the winter, Smith recommends a gardener be prepared should temperatures drop. Deep Harvest Farm owner Nathaniel Talbot said he was able to cover some of his crops with a material that provides insulation from the cold while allowing moisture
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On a recent clear blue winter morning, Greg Goebel ushered two small, shaggy Cockapoos from the back deck into the house. “Lucy is big enough, we don’t have to worry about eagles,” Goebel said. “But Bella is about that size.” It’s no wonder why Scenic Heights Road bears its name. From inside Greg and Lynn Goebel’s Oak Harbor home, large windows beautifully frame picturesque, panoramic views of the city, sea and mountains. Mount Baker is making a bold appearance on this day, as if the home was built with that concept in mind. The Goebels spotted the house for sale on a bike ride seven years ago. The home was already charming but they saw a potential that got them to start dreaming bigger. They bought the house, knocked it down to the foundation, then rebuilt it into a grander home that has tended to draw a crowd. Although it’s been used to entertain large groups, the design’s intent was much simpler. “The goal with this home was to have the kids want to come home,” Lynn said. “They like to come home to their Whidbey Island retreat.” It’s been a gathering place ever since construction was completed in 2008. Using local resources and their own family grit, the
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Goebels transformed what was once a quaint one-story, twobedroom, two-bathroom brick home into a spacious twostory, four bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house. Jon Roberts of Oak Harbor-based Cascade Custom Homes worked with Lynn on the home’s design and his brother Jay Roberts managed the initial construction. “We took over from drywall,” Lynn said. “Greg has done most of this.” It turned into a family project with Greg leading the way. He got assistance from Lynn and their then teenage children Gregory and Millie. He also got a lot of direction from self-help YouTube videos and leaned on the Roberts brothers and other knowledgable friends for advice. “We had to do the majority of the work or there’s no way we could have afforded it,” Greg said. It was no small undertaking. Facing a hollow home of drywall, Greg also faced a tight deadline to get his family moved in. They had rented a home on a six-month lease during the project and the Goebels had only a few months to make the home “move-in ready.” That meant finishing the plumbing and electrical work after it was “roughed in” by subcontractors. It also meant installing wood floors, fixtures, wood trim, crown molding, wrapping the home with Tyvek and paint-
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ing the house inside and out. Wind gusts on Scenic Heights Road made wrapping the home with plastic sheets an adventure, Greg said. After that was completed, a friend put up the Hardiplank siding. “If I slept six hours a day, it was a good day,” Greg said. The major remodel turned a 1,900 -square-foot rambler into a 3,400-square-foot Craftsman-style house. The Goebels made it a point to use local resources in town, from Cascade Custom Homes to Northwest Cabinets to Island Paint & Glass Company, among other businesses. “My advice to anyone who takes this on, ‘Don’t be afraid to ask questions in the community,’” Greg said. One of the home’s centerpieces is a spacious, 350-squarefoot kitchen that has turned into a favorite gathering spot for family and friends. The kitchen is twice the size of the former kitchen and features Puget Sound views, granite countertops, two sinks, pull-out drawers, an island with bar stools, a custom pull-out spice rack and a flatscreen television in the corner. Cheryl Nunn, an interior design consultant from Oak Harbor, designed the kitchen. Oak Harbor-based Northwest Cabinets installed the cherry wood cabinets. “When you’re cooking, it’s like a little cooking show,” Greg said. “Everyone hangs out around the island.” The Goebels have played host to some large gatherings, serving a 16-plate formal dinner during a Downton Abbeythemed party last March. They had 28 people over for Thanksgiving and last fall had 37 young ladies spend the night from their daughter’s sorority at the University of Washington. Fourteen of Grego-
Greg and Lynn Goebel purchased a 1,900-square foot rambler (below) on Scenic Heights Road in Oak Harbor then had it transformed into a 3,400 square-foot Craftsmanstyle house. Cascade Custom Homes handled the initial construction.
rys’ fraternity brothers from the UW crashed there in the summer of 2012. “It was great,” Lynn said. They’ve even managed room for a regular visitor from the neighborhood, Bella. But playing outdoors with Lucy on Scenic Heights Road does pose some hazards. Bald eagles are a daily part of the landscape, Greg
said, and he remembered a time in the backyard when he thought he’d lost Lucy. He saw a shadow on the ground then noticed it moving toward his dog. The eagle got within about 10 feet of Lucy then changed course. “I didn’t know if it was going to whack her or not,” he said. “Now Lucy’s big enough, I don’t have to worry too much.”
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owners who want dark cabinets can avoid that illusion with light-colored counter tops and floors. Current kitchen trends go beyond looks. It is important the kitchens are environmentally friendly. Some of the green features are sustainable counter tops, such as bamboo and the use of water filters, more energy efficient appliances and water-based adhesives and air quality-certified laminates. New trends also include new technology. Ventilation hood covers and refrigerators now come with entertainment centers with LCD screens and music systems. New refrigerators provide advanced humility control to protect food, limit defrosting and keep odors from transferring. Sinks are being made out of copper, which has antibacterial properties. Other sinks come with built-in food preparation boards, pull-out spray heads and ventilation hoods. Preassembled decorative back splashes can be mounted as easily as hanging a picture. New kitchens often call for docking and charging stations. And finally, changes are going beyond the interior of the home; it is not uncommon to find homes with fully stocked outdoor kitchens.
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Distance and type make all the difference for growing fruit-bearing trees on Whidbey Island. As 20-year certified arborist and amateur orchardist, Gary Ingram said one of the most common mistakes among first-time tree planters is not giving it enough space to grow. A close second was the mistake of not harvesting the fruit and instead letting it fall for birds, rodents and bugs. Pruning will also have an impact on the yield of each tree. “Select trees that will fit,” said Ingram, a Greenbank resident who keeps 22 fruitbearing trees on his property, of the most important piece of advice for novice orchardists. “People tend to plant things too close.”
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plenty for the Tilth garden. Dwarf trees typically start around $40 and can even be planted in pots for an ornamental on-the-deck look. They take about three years before they will start producing, which is heavily dependent upon pollination. Ingram advised people make sure to plant a fruit tree near something with plenty of flowers on it or near another, different fruit tree for cross pollination. As far as hoping that one of those trees will be a cherry tree, Ingram wouldn’t endorse the idea. “You’re better off buying your cherries from eastern Washington than trying to grow them here,” he said. One trick to encourage pollination is to drill 3/8-inch holes into nearby wood posts or blocks and place them near the trees. The holes encourage mason bees — which come out of hibernation a bit earlier than other bees — to make their homes around the orchard, which can help with spreading the flowers’ nectar. Pruning was the final piece of advice. While Tilth leaders Susan Prescott and Seraphinoff organize two pruning days per year — one before the season, one in late summer — Ingram said that he does it only once. It directs the growth of the branches and fruit-bearing buds and helps keep the tree manageable.
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Above: The frost peach tree has had some success on Whidbey Island. This tree’s owner, a certified arborist, said his produced small peaches of poor quality and would become fire wood. Inset: Liberty apple trees like this are popular for their sweet, tart flavor and durability.
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The kitchen was decades in the making. Diane Billingsley said she started designing her current home in 1993 when she purchased an antique wooden mantel and stashed it in storage. The kitchen, with its cozy, mismatched and historic flavor, has high ceilings and items salvaged from locations all over the world. Billingsley and her husband Bob Reik finished the home in 2009. “It’s tremendously satisfying,” Billingsley said. “It’s a hard and long process, but when it’s over you can look back and say, ‘Yes, this was worth it.’” The home was designed to incorporate the architectural pieces and antiques they have collected over the last two decades. This is the third home she and her husband have built in addition to four remodels of older homes. Many of the furniture pieces in the kitchen are antiques: two wall cabinets and a butcher block from England; a large oak, zinc lined, breakfront tobacco cabinet; a large green buffet and plate rack from Ireland. In addition to incorporating her love of antique items, Billingsley said she designed the kitchen thinking about the “traffic patterns” when people entertain. “People always end up in the kitchen,” she said. The dining table, built from the repurposed wood of an old Russian box car,
shares the large space with the cooking area and the 12 feet by 7 feet marble island which is lined with bar stools. “That way people can sit and talk to me while I’m cooking,” Billingsley said. “Everyone is in here anyway.” Billingsley said since moving to the area, she and her husband have acquired a taste for local fare like salmon, crab and mussels. Not much of a meat eater, she grows her own vegetables and herbs in a kitchen-side garden and picks up the rest of her produce at local markets. Their kitchen incorporates a full freezer and fridge to accommodate cooking in large quantities that can be frozen for later. SEE PAGE 13
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Diane Billingsley designed her kitchen so she could easily interact with family and guests as she cooks meals and entertains. It is decorated with various items, as seen below. FROM PAGE 12
When family comes over, Billingsley is happy to play sous chef when others want to show their culinary talents. “They all want to cook in here,” she said. The eclectic style of kitchen lends itself to making the visitor feel at home. “Matchy-matchy is so boring,” Billingsley said. “Repurposing things gives it more character.” The large posts at the island are two of a set of four from a dismantled Victorian in Seattle, along with the pocket doors dividing the kitchen and the great room. The backsplash at the cook-top are old foundry oven doors from Belgium surrounded by tumbled marble. Most of the doors throughout the house are salvaged antiques — none of them match. The butcher store sign that hangs above the cooking area dates back to the 1800s and hails from Cheapside, London. An etched window above the dining are a windows is from Paris. The floors are finished antique oak planks salvaged from barn beams which Billingsley selected and placed herself. While the kitchen has all the conveniences of modern living, the soul of the kitchen hails from the historical building blocks Billingsley has incorporated. “There’s beauty in mixing the old with the new.”
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Ancient agriculture a sweet reward By JUSTIN BURNETT Record editor
Of all the home and garden hobbies, few have as sweet a payoff as beekeeping. This ancient form of agriculture has existed for thousands of years and it’s no surprise why. The prize is honey — lovely golden-brown and delicious honey. Of course the price for this sticky treat is the management of bees, lots of bees. Experienced beekeepers recommend hobbyists keep no less than two hives, which equates to about 160,000 individuals. So expect to get stung. It won’t happen everyday, but it will happen. “Yeah, it hurts,” laughed Keith Turner, a Central Whidbey beekeeper. “But you get used to it.” Turner, a retired engineer, bought his first hive in 2008 largely as a tool for pollinating his garden of vegetables and fruit. He remains a small hobbyist with about five hives — about 400,000 bees. That’s small potatoes compared to some commercial beekeepers, who manage up 2,000 hives or about 160 million bees. But what began as a gardening aid has buzzed its way into a full-blown passion, and one Turner couldn’t hide even if he wanted to. Standing in his shop amidst a mountain of beekeeping gear, the more the man talked about the little buzzers the bigger his smile became. “Once you get started in this … ,” said Turner, rubbing his hands and wearing an ear-to-ear grin. “It’s just fascinating,” he said. For one, worker bees, which are all females, see the world in 8,000 segments of polarized light, as opposed to the singlepicture view of humans. They communicate with pheromones and body movement, and with incredible effectiveness — workers can tell other workers
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Above: Central Whidbey resident Keith Turner inspects honey comb from one of his bee hives. Right: A hive of Carniolan honey bees stir as the lid to their home is opened. Bees become sluggish during winter, but they can and will defend their home from intruders. not just about food sources, but where and how far away it is from the hive. “They use what’s called the whiggle dance,” Turner said. “The number of the whiggles is the distance and the orientation is the direction of the sun.” And while a worker bee’s life is short, about 35 days, not a second goes to waste.
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Turner said they fly about two miles a day, which is like walking to Seattle with just a small bottle of water. In a big way, watching how bees interact with each other and survive can be an eyeopening experience. “It makes you think,” Turner said. “It SEE PAGE 15
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makes you think about everything.” Beekeeping is also a lot of fun. Hives produce two kinds of wax that can be used for candle making, which can be an enjoyable craft by itself. Turner also belongs to the Whidbey Beekeepers Association, which meets at 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of the month, at Freeland Library. Membership is a chance to catch up with other beekeepers and talk shop, but it may also be a good place to get into beekeeping affordably as used equipment may be available. Starting from scratch, the beginning hobbyist can expect to spend about $500 on equipment [new] and bees, which come in buzzing cages packed with 4 pounds of bees — about 20,000 individuals. A healthy hive on Whidbey Island will produce from 10 to 20 pounds of honey every year, though only a portion of it can be collected for personal use. Much must be left behind so the bees can survive the winter. The amount and taste of honey produced, however, is heavily dependent on location. Bee’s need pollen, so places near flowering gardens are excellent areas to set up shop. For that reason, urban areas can be great, but check local ordinances first as, for obvious reasons, beekeeping is outlawed in
Above: Bees are most active in summer and tend to be more curious than cranky. Experienced handlers often can work with hives in T-shirts and pants, though a hat and net, right, are often worn as a precautionary measure. When threatened, honey bees sometimes focus their attacks on an aggressor’s eyes. many cities or towns. Locations next to mono-agriculture fields should be considered carefully as pesticides or chemicals in farming can have devastating effects on a hive.
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For more information, visit the Whidbey Island Beekeepers webpage at http:// whidbees.wordpress.com/ Turner also recommends “Beekeeping for Dummies” by Howland Blackiston.
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