Fruit Trees: Summer Pruning vs. Winter Pruning

Fruit Tree Pruning

To grow the most varieties of fruit on my small suburban lot, I am experimentally trying a technique called Backyard Orchard Culture developed by the fruit tree-growers at Dave Wilson Nursery. Proponents will tell you Backyard Orchard Culture or BYOC (“Bring Your Own Cherry? Citrus? Cherimoya?”) is a great way for space constrained gardeners to [Continue Reading...]

The Dark and Drizzly Cocktail

Dark and Drizzly

I keep trying to love that classic cocktail, The Dark and Stormy. Perhaps it’s my lack of Gosling’s Dark Rum, or my lackluster appreciation for rum in general that does it, but The Dark and Stormy’s combination of dark rum, lime and ginger beer has yet to win me over. To me, The Dark and Stormy [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Edible Landscaping With A Permaculture Twist

Edible Landscaping

I can’t explain how much I love this book. The author, Michael Judd, sent me a copy and asked me to take a look at it. This kind of thing happens with some regularity, so I have this huge stack of books that are already in my “read and review” pile. I know if you’re [Continue Reading...]

Best Chicken Breeds for Families with Kids

Chickens and Kids

Nearly every backyard urban chicken keeper I know has kids. Part of that is probably my demographic (mid-thirties suburban mom in yoga pants – I’m a walking cliche) but I think part of it is that parents my age want their kids to see where food comes from in a way that maybe we didn’t, [Continue Reading...]

The Best Vegetable Choices For The Small Garden

Best Veg For Small Gardens

Today’s post comes to you from Grace Hensley of eTilth.com, who urban homesteads with a 150 square foot garden. She believes that the secret to small-space vegetable gardening is to stop feeling guilty; pick the right crops for you and depend on people you trust for the rest. Here she shares her top vegetable picks for the [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: March 2014

March To Do

In like a lion, out like a lamb. That’s what they say about the weather in March, and I suspect that’ll hold true this year. There are always two points during the gardening year when you have to just go on faith that the weather will do, more or less, what you expect it to. [Continue Reading...]

How To Make Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

I was at my local Yuppie-Hippie market and saw that you can actually buy Simple Syrup for cocktails. Like, pre-made, with a label and everything. A beautifully designed 12-ounce bottle of the stuff will only set you back about $7. Wait, SEVEN DOLLARS? For sugar water? It’s really quite shocking that I don’t get thrown [Continue Reading...]

Heavy Duty Potato Cage Results

Potato Bins

I’m writing this post kinda under duress. If I don’t write it, several readers are going to show up at my house with pitchforks, demanding answers. People want a follow-up on the Heavy Duty Potato Cages I built last spring, and they want it now, so they can plan for their own potato growing. Totally [Continue Reading...]

Beet and Apple Salad with Yogurt-Dill Dressing

Beet Apple Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing

My kids love this salad. It’s full of big, chunky pieces of roasted beets and apple, and has a mild, creamy dressing. And it’s bright pink, which adds to the fun. If you want something a little more sophisticated than a Barbie Ferrari colored salad at the dinner table, just spoon the dressing over the [Continue Reading...]

What’s Growing Under The Seed Lights in February?

February Under Lights

I’ve been ramping up my indoor seed starting over the past several weeks. The first of my spring cole crops and my peppers and tomatoes are just getting to the true leaf stage. I thought you guys might want to see the veggie madness that has taken over my seed starting rack. My first round [Continue Reading...]

World Domination Gardening?

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You guys probably know that the half-ass hugelkultur beds I built a few years ago rock my world. They have been super productive. In fact, I like this permaculture bed-building technique so much that in a recent re-build of some of my old traditional raised beds, I experimented with making a normal raised beds into [Continue Reading...]

The Marmalade Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Inspiration, Part One I picked up a bin of what I thought was “chicken scraps” from my local yuppie-hippie market a few weeks ago and found myself in possession of a lot of free organic citrus. Since my chickens don’t eat citrus, and since I hate food waste, I made marmalade. My dad used to [Continue Reading...]