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...]

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...]

{Reader Question} Help! Garden Anxiety!

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Sophie wrote to me a few days after I posted this photo on my Facebook page. She wanted to know if my garden had always looked this healthy. Hello! Quick question! Do you feel like your garden always looked this nice and healthy? Or did it take you time? Time to improve the soil, learn [Continue Reading...]

5 Ways To Save Time In The Garden

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Ah the simple life. Sounds so placid, doesn’t it? All those simple pleasures: home-grown food, warm earth between our toes, the cluck and baa and buzz of backyard animals, the happy smells of a kitchen much used. So why does this simple life seem so freaking complex sometimes, huh? That’s the part no one talks [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: June 2014

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This year is moving so fast I’m terrified I’m going to turn around twice and miss an entire month. It’s June, the plants seem about 2-4 weeks ahead and I feel about 2 weeks behind. I’m already picking ripe cherries, the tomatoes have little proto-fruit on them and the beans are about to hit the [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: May 2014

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May is a month of promise – amnesia about last year’s failures has taken hold and it’s easy to convince ourselves that this will be the year everything goes right. Weeds will never germinate, pests and diseases will not visit us, perfectly ripe produce will leaps forth like Athena from the forehead of Zeus and [Continue Reading...]

DIY Non-Toxic Weedkiller That Works

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There are situations where you want certain plants dead, but hand weeding is difficult or counter-productive because it will bring fresh seeds to the surface to germinate. This may be a situation for an herbicidal spray. I approach this topic with hesitation, because some of you stopped reading at the second sentence and are right [Continue Reading...]

The Time In The Garden Formula

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I have developed a formula which I think allows us to estimate how much time and labor a food growing piece of land will take. Size of Land x Diversity of Plantings x Intensity of Management = Time and Labor required! Now, there are no units associated with this formula, so it’s not going to [Continue Reading...]

Bee Friendly Gardening In The Pacific Northwest

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Seems like some people insist on not knowing what they’ve got till it’s gone. And that’s kinda how it is with bees, and pollinators in general. Most of what we think of as food is highly dependant on our pollinating insect friends.* All fruit, tree nuts, squash, seeds for most vegetables, chocolate… Oh, never mind, I don’t [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The Northwest Edible Garden: April 2014

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It’s April. Spring, persistently, nudges out winter, but the weather back and forth at this time of year can be trying to the gardener who eager to get out there and sink their hands into soil. Here in the Northwest we have it easy compared to much of the nation which remains buried in the [Continue Reading...]

{Reader Question} What Fruits And Veggies Will Grow In Shallow Soil?

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I have 1-foot high raised beds on my concrete soil. It’s really is that hard, filled with rocks and impossible to dig. I put in 2 grapes on a little arbor. What fruits and veggies will survive in such shallow soil? Thank you for any help you can share. – Sharon Hi Sharon. The quick [Continue Reading...]