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From the back yard for dinner!
Slowly twisting in the direction of summer with longer days and less cloud cover. The sun’s pushing up a steady supply of lettuce greens in the cold frame, a meal’s worth of kale once a week, our first full serving … Continue reading
I joined Portland’s Home Orchard Society earlier this year. Their web site has some useful information, but the benefits that really attracted me to them are their pruning workshops, grafting workshops and fruit propagation fair / scion exchange. I’m doing … Continue reading
A number of years ago we decided in summer to try to do some fruit jam canning. I’d honestly never really heard of “freezer jam”. And if I was going to buy a piece of equipment a pressure cooker seemed … Continue reading
Franz Schreier is aiming to change the world. Nothing less. He visited Portland Purple Water tonight and gave a talk on par with the best TED talks. His basic premise is that much of the world’s food production depends heavily … Continue reading
Last year I started seed in the house the first week of February, built the cold frame and transitioned starts out to that over the spring. It works so well, I’m trying it again. I got my first set of … Continue reading
We’ve bought a number of types of critters from March Biological at the Beaverton Farmers Market including lady bugs, fly parasites (near total reduction in flues at the chicken coop) and praying mantis and lacewing (near total reduction in aphids). … Continue reading
The fruit trees and berries on the north and east sides of the house should now get their summer irrigation from mother nature thanks to Portland Purple Water.
Today I dug and braided 21 shallots. We’ve been eating our own sweet onions since early summer and still have four left. The hope is these shallots get us part of the way into winter. Next year I’ll plant more. … Continue reading