To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: March 2015

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring has sprung. With apologies to those of you still battling the Polar Vortex, my rhubarb is coming up, my plum trees are in full blossom, arugula is germinating and I’ve already transplanted out the first round of cool-season crops.

This is, I hasten to say, unusual. As I type this list up on March 1st, we are still several weeks to a month out from the average last frost around these parts. But, nothing says gardening like crazy optimism and adapting to the weather you have. I say we cross our fingers, move forward and go on faith that the weather will continue to warm and the days will continue to be mild. (But just in case Mother Nature is a big ol’ tease, stand ready to cloche as needed.)

The greatest activity always happens at the edges – at the transitions – and this winter-to-spring transition is no different. This is a busy month for gardeners. Here’s what Maritime Northwest gardeners should be doing in the garden right now.
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Ultra-light Limoncello

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We’ve got a few more weeks of prime citrus season. We’ve already made lemon curd, salted lemons and citrus cleaning spray.

It’s party time. Let’s make limoncello!

A traditional southern Italian digestif, limoncello is usually served ice cold from tiny little glasses. Traditional limoncello often manages to be both too bitter and too sweet for my taste. But when I first learned how to make a limoncello that is the essence of lemon – simple, pure, and clean – and opted to skip a super heavy dose of added sugar – I found an infusion I could love.

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Turn A Mason Jar Into A Twine Holder With This Easy Kitchen Hack

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I’ve been tying a lot of stuff up lately. Must be that 50 Shades of Grey cultural zeitgeist thing working on me.

If you want to make all your kitchen bondage tasks (everything from trussing a beef tenderloin to draining your homemade ricotta) far easier, make yourself a DIY twine holder from a mason jar.

This is the simplest kitchen hack ever, and I highly recommend it to keep your kitchen twine clean and tangle-free.
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