Two Microclimates Part 2 — The Unhappy Campers A Little While Later

by A.J. Coltrane

[Eleven days ago it got really cold.]

The Romaine then:

The Romaine today:

It’s not all the way back, but it’s looking way perkier. I removed a few dead or rotted leaves, but not many. The picture is a good representation of what pulled through.

The Pak Choi then:

The […]

Recommended Game — Power Grid

by A.J. Coltrane

Title:  Power Grid

Game Type:  Auction/Territorial Expansion.

Number of Players:  2-6

Complexity of Rules:  Medium

Time to Play:  120 minutes

The Concept:  Players bid on power plants, with more efficient plants becoming available over time. The object is to be the player […]

The Best Zucchini Bread

by A.J. Coltrane

A recipe we got from a former co-worker of mine. It came with the title: The Best Zucchini Bread. I’ve never had better, so I’m fine with calling it that.

The software:

Bread Ingredient Measure AP Flour 3 cup Eggs 3 Canola/Vegetable Oil 1 cup Brown Sugar 2 cup Zucchini (grated) 3 cup Chopped […]

The First Pass At Crispy Breadsticks

by A.J. Coltrane

Crispy Breadsticks:

Ingredient Measure Baker’s % Bread Flour 300g Water 180g 60 Salt 7g 2.3 Instant Yeast ¼ tsp Olive Oil 12g 4

1. Mix all ingredients at low speed for 10 minutes.

2. Let rise overnight. (This was intended for an overnight rise on the kitchen counter. It rose too quickly […]

Two Microclimates

by A.J. Coltrane

The nighttime temperatures dropped down to around 20F this week. There was no gradual decrease from warm, either. The evening temperatures went 40, 40, 40, 40, 20, 20, 20. There’s a marked difference in how the front yard plants have been handling the cold as compared to the back yard plants-

The front yard […]

Final EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Tomatoes And Tomatillos

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here. 2013 recap here.

Tomatillos — 21.2 pounds. Both of the tomatillos survived 2014. In 2013 one of the two plants died off midsummer. This year it may have helped that one variety had a vertical habit, and the other was sort of “droopy”. We also gave them “their own space” well […]

Jordan Morris

by A.J. Coltrane

On Monday night the Sounders advanced to the Western Conference Finals with a tense 0-0 tie at CenturyLink. (No, really. It was *tense*.) The Sounders will play the Galaxy on the 23rd and 30th. The winner goes to the actual Finals.

Which makes this next bit interesting to me: The U.S. squad […]

Handicapping the MLB Awards

By Blaidd Drwg

We are in MLB awards season. Yesterday we had the announcement of the AL and NL ROY, won by Jose Abreu and Jacob DeGrom. Abreu was a no-brainer and DeGrom, despite only pitching 144 innings, got 26 of the 30 first place votes over Billy Hamilton (remember him from this) and Kolten […]

EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Oddballs

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

2013 Oddball Recap post here.

We’re getting closer to a four-season harvest from the EarthBoxes. As we’ve moved along we’ve learned that many of the Oddballs actually do best as cool-weather or winter plants. The overall yield should continue to improve as we figure out how to more tightly […]

More Posts About Buildings And Food

by A.J. Coltrane

I’ve always liked the title of that album more than the actual contents. (Though this is a good cover.)

A collection of pictures of food from the garden, starting with a caprese send-up:


Cucumbers with feta and dill:

Zucchini bread. (A recipe from an ex-coworker. Recipe post […]