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...]

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...]