Do You Need To Heat Milk For Yogurt Making?

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I recently chatted with my friend Margaret Roach on her radio show, A Way To Garden, about yogurt making. One of the things we discussed was if home yogurt makers can skip the traditional step of heating the milk to 180-degrees and then cooling it back down to 110-degrees for culturing. As it turns out, [Continue Reading...]

Homestead Collage: An Overview of My Garden

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I have had several readers say they need an overview to get themselves kinda settled in to where everything is in my yard. I went up on the roof and took some photos, but that didn’t quite explain how all the various components work. So I turned to the lazy garden planner’s best friend, Google [Continue Reading...]

Homebrewing Basics, Hops For Aroma, Carbonation Techniques and More

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today on Grow Edible I talk homebrewing with NW Edible’s very own Homebrew Husband. Nick covers the four basic steps of homebrewing and talks about how to use hops to get your ideal blend of aroma and bitterness. He explains the importance of temperature control in mashing and [Continue Reading...]

Can You Seal A Pond With Clay Kitty Litter?

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I wanted to build the ducks a pond. In fact, I started on the pond months before we eventually adopted ducks. Now, just so we are clear, our pond isn’t really a pond…it’s more like a very large puddle. It’s about 15 feet by 8 feet and holds about 1000 gallons of water. But for [Continue Reading...]

Ancona Ducks, Modern Meat Ethics and Saving Endangered Breeds with Boondocker’s Farm

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download What the Wha? A Podcast? In this gig, I have the opportunity to talk to some amazingly cool people who are doing truly great things. Sometimes I even get to walk around with a Press Pass pinned to my boob so I seem all official. It’s all very [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: July 2014

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Well, hot damn. And I do mean hot. Without bothering to get my butt off this couch where I’m drinking club soda and sweating a lot, I’m going to estimate that this has been the most summery summer I’ve seen in at least 8 years. Oh, sure, because it’s Seattle there is always the possibility of [Continue Reading...]

July Garden Photo Tour

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I haven’t shown you guys the garden in awhile – it’s looking great this year because we’ve had more sun and heat than is typical. That’s pushing ripeness and growth rates higher. Result? Super lushness and happy gardener! I snapped quite a few photos so I’m trying a new thing and turning them into a [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Can Seeds Save The World? A Conversation with Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds.

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Regular readers know that I’m pretty proud to have High Mowing Organic Seeds as a sponsor. Now, I’m more proud than ever. High Mowing has always been 100% organic, and soon will be the first and only seed house to be certified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. They are defining what it is to be an ethical [Continue Reading...]

I’m Writing A Book And You Can Help

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I soft-launched an announcement about this about a month ago, but shit’s gotten real on the Write A Book front, so I wanted to keep you guys in the loop. First, the Big Announcement, if you missed it when I snuck it in the first time around: yup, I’m writing a book. It is a [Continue Reading...]

{Reader Question} Help! Garden Anxiety!

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Sophie wrote to me a few days after I posted this photo on my Facebook page. She wanted to know if my garden had always looked this healthy. Hello! Quick question! Do you feel like your garden always looked this nice and healthy? Or did it take you time? Time to improve the soil, learn [Continue Reading...]

Thai Red Curry Cabbage Salad

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A few months ago I planted a half-bed of Farao cabbage, a new-to-me variety that has become my official favorite fresh eating cabbage. This pointy-headed cabbage has performed wonderfully for me on dense spacing, so I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve made basically one thing with it. That’s not to say the cabbage has gone to [Continue Reading...]

5 Ways To Save Time In The Garden

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Ah the simple life. Sounds so placid, doesn’t it? All those simple pleasures: home-grown food, warm earth between our toes, the cluck and baa and buzz of backyard animals, the happy smells of a kitchen much used. So why does this simple life seem so freaking complex sometimes, huh? That’s the part no one talks [Continue Reading...]