Container Garden Update — June 10, 2018

-A.J.

The weather continues to be cool, cloudy, and wet. Everything is growing slowly. Today it’s partly cloudy/partly sunny and fairly windy, which makes the photography a little hit and miss.

The raspberries between gusts:

This whiskey barrel hosts bush-filet-type Maxibel beans, some Marigolds, and other flowers. Interestingly, the bugs have mostly left the beans […]

Container Garden Update — May 27, 2018

-A.J.

It was cloudy and cool for much of this week, and it got down into the high 40’s at night. The weather slowed growth for sure.

Before a couple of the cold nights we attached a plastic hoop house over the basil to be on the safe side:

There are supposed to be […]

(Trans)Planting Day, And Other Pictures From Around The Yard

-A.J.

Last Saturday was the Seattle Tilth vegetable sale. The weather is supposed to be warm this coming week, so Saturday became Transplant Day:

The 2018 Plant List:

1 Box Black Krim tomatoes (2 plants. 75 day indeterminate)

1 Box Oregon Spring tomatoes (2 plants. 60 day determinate.)

1 Box – Violet Jasper & […]

Initial Impressions Of Three New Hand Tools For Gardening

-A.J.

We have enough whiskey barrels and raised beds now that I thought it might be helpful to purchase some hand tools specifically designed for small weeding tasks. I went with a Hori Hori knife, a Japanese sickle, and a CobraHead weeder.  Three tools was probably overkill, but I’ve wanted to try a Hori Hori […]

The New Raised Bed For Asparagus and A Salad Table Update

-A.J.

The box of Jersey Supreme Asparagus recently arrived. When we went looking for somewhere to plant them we discovered that really didn’t have a good place for them to live. The other two raised beds are already full of chives, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, and so on. What we did have was space for one more raised […]

GNOIF’s Outrageous Slings And Arrows

-A.J.

GNOIF #31 recap — GNOIF’s Outrageous Slings And Arrows  (Medieval themed games. The title also hints at Cupid’s arrows around V-Day and also to Hamlet — possibly Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy.)

Games That Got Played:  Five Minute Dungeon, Imperial Harvest, Sheriff of Nottingham

Games That Didn’t Get Played:  Avalon, Carcassonne, Castle Panic, Citadels, Guillotine, King […]

The 2018 Seed List, And New Containers

-A.J.

The seeds have arrived. The list from Territorial Seed:

Qty Item # Product Description Price 1 FL2438/S Bee Feed Flower Mix – Bee Feed Flower Mix 3.05 1 FL2432/S Beneficial Bug Flower Mix – Beneficial Bug Mix 3.05 1 FL2428/S Bohemian Rhapsody Flower Mix – Bohemian Rhapsody 2.95 1 HR1130/P Confetti Coriander/Cilantro – Confetti […]

A No-Knead With Barley Flour

-A.J.

On the left is a No-Knead Bread that substitutes 25% barley flour for the bread flour. The bread on the right is the normal recipe:

The barley flour bread was baked in a smaller container, which accounts for some of the difference. Overall though, the barley dough didn’t rise nearly as much as […]

The Pizza Bible, And Honey BBQ Chicken Pizza

-A.J.

I recently received a copy of The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani. (Subtitled:  The World’s Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more). I requested it as a gift. I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of YouTube videos focused on breads […]

Spelt Flour In A No-Knead, And A Helpful Handling Idea

-A.J.

I recently decided to start experimenting with flours other than “regular” wheat flour, so I purchased some Spelt flour, Rye flour, and Barley flour.

First up:  Spelt flour.

Pictured is the No-Knead recipe, substituting out 30% of the Bread flour and using Spelt instead.

Notes On “2017 No Knead Tweaks”: 

When I started making No […]