Can You Seal A Pond With Clay Kitty Litter? Part 2

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So we’ve proved you can use clumping cat litter to seal a pond because clumping cat litter is made of bentonite clay. Now, how do you actually do it? In my first post on this, many people pointed out that actual sodium bentonite clay was available at farm supply type stores. I struck out finding [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Lee Reich on Landscaping with Fruit and Uncommon Edibles

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download There are moments when audacity pays off. For years – years! – I’ve been full-on Fan Girl for garden writer Lee Reich. Lee’s been writing incredibly useful, readable books and magazine articles for decades and I’ve been learning from his expertise for about as long as I’ve been gardening. [Continue Reading...]

How And Why To Make An Eco-Lawn

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I’ve talked before about how “right sizing” my patch of grass really changed my perspective on “evil, non productive lawn” to something almost like fondness. Well, my thinking on lawn has shifted yet again, and again for the better. We recently converted to an eco-lawn mixture and these days I find myself downright loving my [Continue Reading...]

Paul Wheaton of Permies.com on Permaculture, Ponds and Perennials

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today on Grow Edible I talk permaculture, earthworks, and perennials with Permies.com founder Paul Wheaton. Paul is the always outspoken, often unorthodox and occasionally wonderfully obnoxious “bad boy” of the Permaculture world.     Show Notes Today us today as we discuss: What it takes to run the largest Permaculture [Continue Reading...]

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...]

Seven Solar Surprises!

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It’s been three months since we put solar panels on our roof, and there have been a few surprises. There were things about ourselves and the technology and physics that we didn’t expect. So, as part of our ongoing look at Project Solar, here are a few things I didn’t expect. 1) For Easy Energy [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...]