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This Cute Raccoon Is Stealing Our Cat Food!

June 14th, 2013 · 8 Comments

I was out on the back deck reading after dinner when Tom poked his head out the door, looked past me towards the steps, and laughed, saying “Who’s your friend?” We quickly realized that this was the raccoon we’ve seen hanging around our yard recently. Claire and I had spotted her the day before, boldly [...]

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Tags: garden, pest control, urban nature

Preserving Pumpkin (and 2 Recipes)

November 7th, 2012 · 17 Comments

It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for [...]

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Tags: bread, canning/preserving, garden, recipes

Letting Things Go in the Garden (on purpose)

August 15th, 2012 · 7 Comments

It’s mid-August, and the garden is taking on its late summer look– a gorgeous, tangled, fruitful mess.  I try to keep some things up:  tomatoes trellised, beans picked, nasturtiums guarded against aphids.  But some things I happily and intentionally let go. I’ve been enamored of Imogen Cunningham’s photograph of Morris Graves in his leek garden [...]

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Tags: garden, urban nature

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

Trellis Whimsies: Bicycle “After” Photo, and Other Experiments

June 29th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Remember the Bicycle Pea Trellis that I only sort of liked?  I promised an updated photo after the peas grew.  Here’s how it looked in March: And last week:OK, yes, I love it. And while we’re about it with the “found” trellises:  After pruning our runaway corkscrew willow, I saved some of the beautiful curving [...]

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Tags: bicycles, garden

Kitchen Table Seedlings: Watering from the Bottom-Up

May 18th, 2011 · 11 Comments

Wow.  It is a cold cold cold spring here in Seattle.  Record cold and dark.  Nearly 200 days of sub-70 degrees in a row.  Only five days since January 1 without rain. Today is finally sunny, but there was a light frostiness on the ground this morning.  All of us have been getting crabby, and [...]

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Tags: garden, seasons

Bicycle Pea Trellis

March 31st, 2011 · 10 Comments

While loading bikes for the Village Bike Project (great folks!), Tom came across this old frame–a vintage Robin Hood stepthrough from Nottingham, England.  Lovely bike, beyond reasonable hopes for restoration. So he took it home and hid it on the side east side of the house until he was brave enough to tell me that [...]

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Tags: bicycles, garden

Eat More Kale: A Kale Manifesto With Recipes

October 12th, 2010 · 24 Comments

I have received more comments about this shirt than any piece of clothing I have ever owned:  my spiffy, turquoise EAT MORE KALE t-shirt.  People stare, laugh, turn their heads to watch me pass on the street, nudge their companions, make grimmacing kale-is-yucky expressions, and–best of all–stop to talk.  I hear that folks love kale, [...]

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Tags: canning/preserving, garden, recipes, urban farming

Chicken Tour: Not the “New Black”

July 12th, 2010 · 9 Comments

We had so much fun being one of the Host Coops on the Seattle Tilth City Chicken Coop Tour this weekend.  It was a warm sunny day, and there was a very strong turnout, about 150 people came through our backyard during the tour hours.  It was great to “talk chicken” with so many wonderful [...]

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Tags: chickens, garden, urban farming

The Spring Garden: Lows and Highs

May 16th, 2010 · 7 Comments

It’s been a strange spring in Seattle, and all the gardeners I know have been a little off, including (maybe especially) myself.  First, we had a freakishly warm late winter/early spring.  While our biological selves still felt that they should be huddled by the fire sipping tea, the weather was telling us we should be [...]

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Tags: garden, seasons