{Giveaway} Creating A Suburban Food Forest with Michael Judd

Edible Landcaping

In today’s episode of the Grow Edible Podcast, I chat with Michael Judd, the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist about how to create a food forest. Michael has an interesting history; he spent his early adulthood  in rural Latin America, including living with a Mayan community in Guatemala. These experiences gave him a [Continue Reading…]

August Garden Photo Tour

I planted this peach this spring, and it's already ripening a few delicious fruit.

On the one hand, I can’t believe it’s nearly September. Summer can’t be this far along, can it? On the other, I am shocked that we probably still have 4 to 6 weeks of reasonable growing conditions before fall really, truly shoulders aside summer. This has been the best summer I can remember for the [Continue Reading…]

Tomato Canning Quick Reference Guide

Tomato Canning Guide

When I was canning up tomatoes this past weekend, and I was sick, so I kept double checking things and kinda getting hazy about what the hell I was doing. Moral of the story: do not attempt to can 100 pounds of tomatoes while sick. But as I was shuffling back and forth to my [Continue Reading…]

On Depression

April Blossoms

I take medication for depression. I’m fine. Don’t worry. But for awhile, some time after my son was born, I wasn’t okay. I dealt with being not okay pretty well, and kept up the facade of okay until one day when the facade cracked and I threw a bowl of blueberries across the kitchen and [Continue Reading…]

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

"Welcome to my pond, ladies."

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

Lee Reich's Garden

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. So when I heard Lee was going [Continue Reading…]

How And Why To Make An Eco-Lawn

Eco_Lawn_2

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

Paul Wheaton Permies.com

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 forum on the internet. Plant guilds and [Continue Reading…]

Do You Need To Heat Milk For Yogurt Making?

Homemade Yogurt

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

Homestead Photo Collage

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

Four Steps Of Homebrewing

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 how brewers select for short chain or [Continue Reading…]

Seven Solar Surprises!

Three_Month_Solar_in_Seattle

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…]