Growing Lettuce in Pots

forellenschluss startsI will be the first to admit I’m actually not thrilled about growing edibles in containers. Or really anything in containers! I much prefer to till fields (no matter how small and unfield-sy they can be) and work to create healthy soil over the long term. But I live in a small apartment and I have only my deck. My east-facing deck, I might add, where sun ducks behind the building by noon at the latest. That said, I can’t not try (I mean, it’s my job to grow food) and over the years, I have learned to adapt. Now, my deck is cluttered with pots and containers full of great-to-grow edibles that supply my kitchen and my pantry with produce for my meals. Continue reading

Homemade Apple Pectin Recipe

green applesI have been canning for years and I have never used a pectin product in my preserves. At first, it seemed too easy. Like cheating. I remember talking to my foodies friends and we all swore it off. Plus, it’s a processed product and I just don’t like the idea of using a product for something that is natural. Why not use the natural ‘thing’. And with that, I don’t use a pectin product. Here’s how to make your own homemade apple pectin…….. Continue reading

Planting Cucumbers

June is a great time to get a second sowing in of a few crops that will do well in warmer weather. Basil, beans, melons and more. With our cool spring, I’ve been planting cukes all over town this last week in the hopes that the summer sun will start shining! Cucumbers are one of those vegetables that need not be planted as starts. They germinate rather quickly, grow to maturity over summer and produce enough fruit that the jump-start a seedling gives you is really negligible. I prefer to plant seeds directly into garden beds because it allows for much more freedom and experimentation. Why buy a start when you can choose from a handful of varieties and have a little bit of LOTS of cukes? Cucumbers fall under several umbrellas, each offering a variety of fruits. There are the ‘slicers’ – these tend to have thicker dark green … Continue reading

Backyard Beekeeping

I am totally in love with the idea of beekeeping. As I don’t have a yard, I was considering putting a few hives on my small urban patio, but my neighbor quickly halted that project! (Suggesting I keep rabbits or guinea pigs instead. You know……..to raise for meat?!) Either way, while I remain bee-less this city is buzzing with beekeepers and education for backyard honey production. I interviewed Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company for the May/June issue of Edible Seattle and he is an absolute treasure trove of information. You can buy that issue on newstands now. Then, I wrote this sweet little article in Seattle’s Child Magazine geared towards families and kids. Think beekeeping is unsafe? Afraid of getting stung? Read on to dispel some myths. My guess is you’ll be stacking hives in your own backyard in no time. And let’s not forget how very crucial bees … Continue reading