Category Archives: Garden Prep

Scabby Potatoes & Summery Salads

Print PDFScab is the athlete’s foot of the garden, present everywhere Cleaning Up Scabby Soil The Pea Patch I inherited produced a lot of volunteers this spring, relicts of past crops. I left a lot of the borage for the … Continue reading

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Ancient Weeds Don’t Give Up Easily

Print PDFDino food is still with us Out, Out Damned Horsetail This weekend I visited a wonderful older garden with a magnificent berm overlooking Puget Sound. It was good to have such a satisfying vista to admire because looking at … Continue reading

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Stay Strong, Eat Real Honey

Print PDFAvoid adulterated honey; buy local! Calming And Decluttering Like so many people, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and battered by the news lately. If breaking news is breaking your spirit, take a break and focus on something positive. While reading … Continue reading

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Love And Lettuce

Another national epidemic concerns food safety, perhaps most notably with Romaine lettuce, which has been fingered in several recent E. coli outbreaks. Though the government investigation is still ongoing, there are multiple possible causes for E. coli contamination, from water passing through areas where livestock is grazing to field contamination from wild animals and birds (not to mention humans; many growers haven’t supplied field toilet facilities, but that’s changing). This fits right into my own ecological grief; when even organic produce may not be safe, what can we trust? Happily, there’s a simple solution: Grow your own. One great thing about greens is that they can be grown in very little space, and many will flourish in containers on a balcony or deck where garden space is limited. Continue reading

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