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Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

Tag Archive for ‘In The Garden’

Kale Catches Cold but Survives (& Obama notes Michael Pollan’s food wisdom)

Small miracles to be grateful for. Kale survival and Michael Pollan might seem slightly incongruous – maybe they are, but I think there’s a connection. Anticipating last week’s cold snap, we covered some of our lettuce with wool blankets and harvested the rest, then left the brassicas, broccoli and kale, to the cold which, it […]

On the Local Table: Pears in Season

Many of our pears were ripe and on the ground when we returned home from vacation last week, but salvageable. Time for chutney, pear salad, poached pears, or simply sliced with a piece of cheddar. Unlike other fruits some pears diminish in quality when ripened on the tree – better to pick them just before […]

One or Two More Things About Tomatoes

And then that’s enough about tomatoes for this year . . . maybe.  They’re abundant at the moment so I made Gazpacho and dried some. Returned home from vacation a couple of days ago to find tomato plants, finally, laden with ripened tomatoes. They’re late and not as sweet as when they ripen earlier, but […]

Tomato Sauce for Winter

Surely among the top ten slow foods is tomato sauce. The reward for preserving them in late summer will be the essence of luscious vine-ripened garden tomatoes mid-winter in a soup or marinara sauce, with an onion and sausage frittata or mushroom polenta. I’m a fool for tomatoes and should make myself a tomato cape, […]

Things are a Changin’: Late Summer

Monday morning I set out early to photograph the Seattle Tilth garden and the Good Shepherd P-Patch . The weather was changing as I was meandering around. By the time I reached this whirligig, the wind was blowing pretty hard. It’s legs started flying every-which-way and it was spinning around wildly. The weird thing was, […]

Plot to Plate: Artichokes in the Pacific Northwest Garden

I used to think artichokes were strictly Mediterranean. It’s true they’re native to northern Africa where they grow wild, and southern Europe, but it turns out we can grow globe artichokes in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe not commercially like they do in California, but I have to tell you there is a mini-artichoke orchard in […]

Seed Bomb Recipe

The notion of a gardener and a seed bomb recipe is oxymoronic to the nth degree. Gardening and bombs aren’t that compatible, but this concept sheds new light on unimagined possibilities. Click on the link below and watch a video about the what, how and why of urban guerrilla gardening. Not as incendiary as you […]

The Incredible Edible Garden

Edible Estates , the book’s title implies something a little loftier than vegetables in the front yard, but Fritz Haeg, a designer, landscape engineer, visionary is in fact talking about replacing grass with food in the front yard, plain and simple and unpretentious. front yard edibles 23 lavender wh- cream 16 He’s working to make it a practical, attractive, and nutritious option that people will want to try. If you’ve been wondering about the feasibility of this new fangled thinking about gardens, Edible Estates might be the book for you, but first check out author Fritz Haeg’s website which has an edible estates menu where you can read and see what people have done with this idea all over the country, the world.

Tomato Grazing All Year Long

As usual we’ve planted a lot of tomatoes. I always wonder if maybe this year, maybe finally we’ve gone too far, too many tomatoes. But that’s never the case. I heard the other day that eight tomato plants per person was the guide for previous generations who preserved everything possible, including tomatoes, for winter consumption. […]

Relishing Radishes

Talk about a childhood food memory, bread and butter in one hand, a radish in the other, a bite of each, another bite and then some more when that’s gone. … You can be fancy and slice the radish very thinly across the top of a buttered piece of bread – it’s both a mouthful and an irresistible eyeful and shows off the glorious design embedded in each slice.