I bought a rain barrel, am I a hippie?

I’ve been feeling a bit like a hippie lately. I drive an electric car, my wife and I have a decent-sized garden, we practice the “if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down” rule to try and conserve water in our toilet, we don’t water our lawn in the summer, and…

My 2016 garden

The three things I’m taking away from my 2016 garden experience: Wait until May to buy dirt. We bought a 50-50 mix of dirt and compost in late April and you can tell it was the first mix they did. It turned out to be full of glass, garbage and other rip rap. Not ideal…

Kale chips, roasted carrots

On my way out one morning I noticed the kale in our garden was was especially green and growing quite big. For the rest of the day I had it in my head that I wanted some kale chips. Normally I put a little kale in my vegetable soups, but on this day I just wanted…

Gardening update: Watering is fun

Veronica and I have long wanted a garden and now that we own a house we have one. Building a garden box, putting in some dirt and planting seeds is pretty easy, but actually growing fruit and vegetables that can be consumed turned out to be a little bit more difficult than we thought it…

Gardening in the desert?

When Veronica and I began planning our garden out last winter, we utilized the book “Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades.” Little did I know that we should have read a book about growing vegetables in the desert. This summer’s heat wave has wreaked havoc on our little garden. No rain and searing temperatures have…

Gardening project part II

Well, we officially sold out at 6 p.m. on May 21, 2015. After spending three weeks waiting for our cucumbers, zucchinis and pumpkins to start growing, we said screw it and bought starter plants from our local grocery store, Harbor Greens Market. On one hand, I don’t feel bad because our carrots, snap peas and tomatoes are…