The Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

Ernest Hemingway is one of my father’s favorite authors. I grew up surrounded by The Old Man And The Sea, The Sun Also Rises and For Whom The Bell Tolls (about that last one – don’t ask). My favorite Hemingway piece has always been The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. Or maybe A Clean, [Continue Reading...]

Bee Friendly Gardening In The Pacific Northwest

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Seems like some people insist on not knowing what they’ve got till it’s gone. And that’s kinda how it is with bees, and pollinators in general. Most of what we think of as food is highly dependant on our pollinating insect friends.* All fruit, tree nuts, squash, seeds for most vegetables, chocolate… Oh, never mind, I don’t [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: April 2014

To Do April Garden

It’s April. Spring, persistently, nudges out winter, but the weather back and forth at this time of year can be trying to the gardener who eager to get out there and sink their hands into soil. Here in the Northwest we have it easy compared to much of the nation which remains buried in the [Continue Reading...]

How To Make and Freeze Guacamole

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I was at the store to pick up milk before heading into the April Eat From The Larder Challenge and there was a screaming good deal on organic avocados. At $5 for 6 avocados I’ll admit I did sort of stock up. A dozen ripe avocados later, it was guacamole time. Even someone like me, a girl [Continue Reading...]

Eat From The Larder Challenge

Eat From The Larder Challenge

In February I wrote a post called Food Storage For People Who Don’t Hate Food. Most of the feedback I got on that post was very positive, but a few readers seemed skeptical of my claims that eating from the pantry for six months was reasonable, even if one had the food stored. This floored me [Continue Reading...]

{Reader Question} What Fruits And Veggies Will Grow In Shallow Soil?

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I have 1-foot high raised beds on my concrete soil. It’s really is that hard, filled with rocks and impossible to dig. I put in 2 grapes on a little arbor. What fruits and veggies will survive in such shallow soil? Thank you for any help you can share. – Sharon Hi Sharon. The quick [Continue Reading...]

Andean Root Vegetables for the Pacific Northwest and Beyond

How To Grow Andean Root Crops

Today’s post comes to you from Bill Whitson. Bill is the co-owner of Cultivariable Seeds, an independent breeder and supplier of seeds and plants, specializing in Andean vegetables and other unusual and hard-to-find edibles for the Pacific Northwest. He was kind enough to put together this incredible primer on cultivating oca, yacon, mashua and ulluco for folks [Continue Reading...]

Spring Pea Soup with Coconut Milk

Pea Soup with Coconut Milk

I love early spring as a gardener, but I hate it as a chef. All the delicate flavors of spring we look forward to – the asparagus and rhubarb and tender greens – those crops tend to be ready for harvesting about 6 weeks after our tummies are ready to be eating them. Talk about [Continue Reading...]

The Gin & Ginger Cocktail

Ging & Ginger Cocktail

If one were really, truly stretching the definition of healthy, one might consider this cocktail medicinal. Fresh citrus combines with raw muddled ginger root, a bit of botanically infused gin and bitters and just enough sweetness to help the delicious medicine go down. The result is a bit spicy, a bit lip-tingly and undeniably delicious: [Continue Reading...]

Understand Thermal Mass To Be A Climate Zone Hacker!

Themal Mass, Gardening, Climate Zones

Picture yourself on a beach. It’s late August and you’re sinking your bare feet into the sand. You can feel the warmth of the sand on your toes. It’s not just warm, it’s downright hot. It’s starting to be uncomfortable, so you wiggle your feet a few inches down into the sand where it is [Continue Reading...]

10 Tips to Simplify Your Spring Planting

Simplify Spring Planting

It’s spring, the very beginning of the gardening year, so why do some folks feel like they are already behind? This is a crazy time of year for the gardener, I totally understand. Between seed starting, transplanting and soil prep, it’s easy to feel like you just can’t keep up. Here’s a few tips to keep it a [Continue Reading...]

If You Give A Gardener A Book, She’ll Wonder About A Swale

If You Give A Gardener...

It’s really amazing how quickly a week can slip by with barely a post written. It’s not that there isn’t anything to write about. Au contraire. There is so much to write about, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start with my shoulders. Cause, damn, they are sore. I’m no stranger to a [Continue Reading...]