What’s Growing Under The Seed Lights in February?

February Under Lights

I’ve been ramping up my indoor seed starting over the past several weeks. The first of my spring cole crops and my peppers and tomatoes are just getting to the true leaf stage. I thought you guys might want to see the veggie madness that has taken over my seed starting rack. My first round [Continue Reading...]

World Domination Gardening?

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You guys probably know that the half-ass hugelkultur beds I built a few years ago rock my world. They have been super productive. In fact, I like this permaculture bed-building technique so much that in a recent re-build of some of my old traditional raised beds, I experimented with making a normal raised beds into [Continue Reading...]

How Green Is Your Organic Soil Amendment?

Soil Amendment

This is a guest post from Rachel of Dog Island Farm. Rachel and her husband Tom intensively urban farm a quarter acre parcel in the San Francisco Bay area. They are pretty famous in the urban homesteader world for going a year without stepping foot in a grocery store and providing no-nonsense advice on urban [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The NW Edible Garden: February 2014

To Do February

February always feels like the first real month in the garden to me. Sure there’s a few things to do in January, if you want. But my first real round of seed starting happens around mid-month. Count forward 6 weeks and it’s the beginning of April – the perfect time to put hardy brassica transplants [Continue Reading...]

How To Grow Arugula In The Pacific Northwest

How To Grow Arugula

It is inconceivable to me that arugula of all plants got pinned as a vegetable of elitism in American politics. Are you kidding me? Belgium endive, sure. Forcing chicons in the middle of winter just screams “I have people to do that for me.” Even cauliflower I could see; that’s one finicky veg. But arugula? [Continue Reading...]

What Does Climate Change Mean For Gardeners?

Climate Change for Gardeners

A few weeks ago the smartest dude I know got a bit maudlin about how warming waters over the Arctic and methane burping forth from the melting permafrost is likely to increase the speed and effects of climate change. (Read more here and here.) This, in combination with the polar vortex in the midwest and the [Continue Reading...]

Seed Selection Made Very, Very Simple

Seed Selection Made Very Simple

Heather, a friend of mine and a fellow blogger over at Queen Bee Coupons, emailed me last week and said, I’m completely overwhelmed by the options in the seed catalogs. I just want you to tell me what to order. I want simple and I want a little bit of everything – a selection of [Continue Reading...]

To Do In The NW Edible Garden: January 2014

To Do In The Garden: January

It has been an unusually pleasant January up here in Cascadia – fairly dry and mild – and I’ve been out in the yard more, tidying and futzing and making a few changes to the layout of the garden. I am very eager to get going on this year’s garden. You know how some years [Continue Reading...]

The Hardiest Vegetables For Winter Gardening (Why I Love Overwintering Cauliflower)

Overwintering Cauliflower

Overwintering cauliflower is right up there with giant kohlrabi as one of my favorite cool-season crops. I just want to share a quick before and after to show you how my overwintering cauli’s survived the recent Seattle cold snap. Now, keep in mind I am a Zone 7 gardener – cold is relative. In my [Continue Reading...]

I Sell A Really Great Garden Planner And It’s On Sale

2014 Garden Planner & Journal

Once upon a time I went looking for a Garden Planner that was everything I wanted and it didn’t exist. So I created my own. It turned out pretty great, so I started selling a downloadable PDF of this Garden Planner so gardeners everywhere could use it and I could offset some of the money I spent [Continue Reading...]

Build vs. Buy – A Garden Soil Dilemma

Build vs. Buy Garden Soil (1)

We’ve all been there, out of room and eager to expand the garden. That sod starts to look like the enemy and eventually the only question is, do you smother the grass with whatever you can find, or do you buy ready-to-go soil and get your seedlings in the ground asap? Build vs. Buy, a [Continue Reading...]

How To Grow Your Own Garlic

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Since garlic at the market is usually pretty cheap and available year-round, it doesn’t occur to many people to grow their own. But garlic is a seasonal crop that tastes much better when it’s truly fresh – just harvested garlic is amazing. The big plump cloves have a strong garlic pungency but are also almost [Continue Reading...]