Rutabaga and Cauliflower Puree

Rutabaga’s are pretty under-appreciated, if you ask me. They are a root vegetable and a member of the brassica (cabbage) family. They can be used in almost any application you’d use a potato, but they are less starchy and have about half the calories. Because they are lower in starch, you can puree them in [Continue Reading…]

Audrey the Rhubarb Monster

Did you know Washington State is the leading commercial producer of rhubarb in the United States?  It grows really well here. Sometimes it grows so well that it’s a little intimidating. Such was the case with Audrey the Giant Rhubarb of Ballard.  Our best friends moved into a great 1950s house near Ballard a few [Continue Reading…]

Edible Garden Design Class at Sky Nursury

Today I attended my second class of the weekend at Sky nursery (the first was a fruit tree grafting demo). The Sky seminar room and I are getting so close, we should really think about moving in together. Brad Halm and Colin McCrate of the Seattle Urban Farm Company (these are the people who designed [Continue Reading…]

Fruit Tree Grafting Class at Sky Nursury

I went back to Sky for another Saturday of fruit tree education. Bill Davis of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation took point and was assisted by Dan Vorhis of Sky (you may remember him from last weeks pruning class). The lecture portion of this class wasn’t as rewarding as the pruning class last week. [Continue Reading…]

Sky Nursery Fruit Tree Pruning Seminar

Today’s 90 minute long class on fruit tree pruning at Sky Nursery in Shoreline was clearly more popular than the good people at the nursery predicted.  I counted chairs for 60, and well over 100 piled into the room.  Dan Vorhis took the class thru the basics of open center and central leader pruning techniques [Continue Reading…]

Yogurt Making: How To Add Some Culture To Your Day


Last August my husband and I embarked on a no spend month challenge.  We allotted ourselves $300 (jointly) in spending money.  We had to make that $300 count: all our groceries, gas and incidental spending had to come in under $300 for the month. Since we had never done this kind of thing before, I [Continue Reading…]

Garden Inventory: January 2011

So of that list of January harvest-ables, what am I actually harvesting? Beets – still a row of Bulls Blood standing.  The tops are all sad and little, but the roots have put on a bit of size.  Most are around golf ball size, with some a fair bit larger.  I got a little panicked [Continue Reading…]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: January 2011


Mid-January is about as early as you can get seed going under light. That’s still plenty early for hardy vegetables and long-season crops. In any event, it always takes me a week or two after New Years to recover from the holidays and get back into a rhythm.  So, anytime from mid-month to the end [Continue Reading…]

Lessons From A Year Without Summer

Last year (2010) we had a cool spring and a cool, short summer.  No one had a ripe tomato until damn near September. The heat loving tomatoes, squash, corn, etc. didn’t thrive, and so a lot of gardeners said it was a terrible, terrible year. I disagree!  I had the best year ever for cabbage, [Continue Reading…]

New Year, New Blog, New Seed Catalogues

It’s the beginning of January and everything seems fallow and sleepy.  The garden is shivering through it’s second cold snap of the winter.  The first came just before Thanksgiving and brought us temperatures in the teens and lots of snow (lots for Seattle, mind you: some places got 5 inches).  The second we are enjoying [Continue Reading…]