Jenn Cole is a long-time employee of Down To Earth. She started on the sales floor in housewares, eventually managing the housewares department at the Willamette Street location before coming back to work at the Olive Street store as an inventory and receiving specialist. She now specializes in marketing and graphic design, while still remaining active in hobbies relating to her housewares roots. In her spare time, she enjoys small scale fermenting, canning, and baking, as well as spending as much time as she can hiking and foraging with her family.

What to Plant in July

Wondering what you can put in the ground right now?  Reference this handy list for the month of July for what to plant by seed and by start!  Items in bold indicate a fall harvest. Seed Outdoors: Arugula Asian Greens Basil Beets Broccoli Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Cilantro Collards Fennel Green Onions Kale Kohlrabi Lettuce Parsley…

Stay Home Coffee Treats

While we are all at home social distancing, we couldn’t resist the allure of creating a novelty coffee drink (easily) in our own homes.  Not being able to go out and procure a locally crafted latte to help us get through our day means that we must come up with creative ways to enjoy a…

Acid Mix 4-3-6

Down To Earth’s Acid Mix 4-3-6 is a fertilizer specially formulated for plants that thrive in a low pH soil like blueberries, raspberries, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, evergreen trees, and shrubs. To encourage lush flowers and fruit, apply Acid Mix in early spring for vegetative growth and again when blooms appear.  Fall applications promote root growth…

Tree and Shrub 4-2-4 Fertilizer

It is now the time of year during our dormant winter season when bare root fruit trees become available.  You can add fruit trees to plant for your own edible garden to enjoy in the years to come.  Our Tree & Shrub 4-2-4 mix is specially formulated for transplanting bare root trees, ball and burlap…

What’s in a Candle?

Candles.  Nothing adds warmth and gentle ambiance to a space like a flickering flame over a candle.  Whether you want to be festive, relax, or set a mood, your well-placed choice of candle can accomplish just that.  There are a myriad of different fragrances available, ranging from subtle to powerful.  There are also a lot…

Cover Crops

We’ve put together a short and sweet guide to using cover crops in your home garden or farm, focusing mainly on what we have available. Also known as “green manure,” cover crops are an integral part of sustainable agriculture. They provide an excellent set of benefits to promote and maintain soil health, and also promote…

The Magic of the Victorio Steam Juicer

The apple trees branches are bending with heavy fruit, pears and apples are falling off the trees, and grapes are threatening to take over the yard.  What to do with all of the excess?  You can only dehydrate and can so much fruit.  The next best option is juice! Photo courtesy of our housewares supervisor,…

Beneficial Bugs as Pest Control

Integrated Pest Management is the practice of using biological, cultural, mechanical, physical and ‘chemical’ interventions as a preventative or corrective control for plant health. Using larval and adult predatory and parasitic insects to target unwanted pests is recommended within IPM. Encouraging Predatory Insects- Bring All The Bugs To Your Yard If you have pests present…

Le Parfait Canning Jars

There are many ways to preserve the harvest.  Freezing, dehydrating, pressure canning, and waterbath canning are all great ways to take surplus food and store it for later use.  We proudly carry Le Parfait canning jars, which are not only beautiful, but can be used for water bath and pressure canning.  Le Parfait jars have…

Help Your Summer Veggies Grow Their Best

The summer heat is setting the fruits of our labor in the garden.  Now that you’ve planted, watered, and weeded around your veggies… what next?  This time of year, plants like cucurbits (members of the gourd family such as melon, pumpkin, squash, and cucumber) could use a little nitrogen and potassium boost to ensure healthy…