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Autumn Scenes from an Urban Smallholding

September 28th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I love the idea of a “smallholding.”  It’s a term still used in England, one I re-discovered while leafing through a favorite book the other day, The Freedom Manifesto by Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson (also love The Idler…).  A smallholding is a modest parcel of land, usually just one-family’s-worth, that supports some farming and other [...]

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Tags: chickens, food, fruit trees, garden, urban farming

Backyard Harvest: Cherry Oh, Cherry Oh, Baby!

July 17th, 2011 · 16 Comments

We’re on the road for a week and away from connectivity. Before leaving, we picked a giant bin of tasty backyard cherries from our tree, and we’ve been happily spitting the pits out the car window as we ramble. Which prompts a re-posting of this great Tangled Nest entry written by Tom in the summer [...]

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Drying Food in the Dehydrator You Already Own: Your Car

August 25th, 2009 · 43 Comments

I’m on the road this week doing some author appearances so The Tangled Nest continues to be tended by guest bloggers. Today, a recent experiment by my husband Tom (aka Bikejuju): Thanks to our unseasonably hot dry summer, Seattle’s fruit trees are exploding with plums, pears, apples, figs, fruit of all kinds. Last week a [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving, fruit trees

The Summer Solstice Garden

June 20th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Remember the mounded earth raised beds that looked like a graveyard and made me cry?  After some sun, rain, and a fair bit of work, this garden is now one of my favorite places in all the world. February above, June below: Here’s today’s view through the chicken coop door: We grow only what we [...]

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Tags: fruit trees, garden, urban farming

The Perfect Backyard Fruit Tree–Four Asian Pears in One

March 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Fruiting trees offer such a wonderful way to reclaim and rebuild the fertility of  our urban yards–if all goes well, one planting will provide sweet food for years to come. This weekend we planted our newest fruit tree, a little four-way Asian pear.  Four varieties are grafted onto one tree.  The varieties cross-pollinate one another, [...]

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Tags: fruit trees, garden, indoor gardening, urban farming