growing food

Game of Thorns

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To the novice gardener (e.g., Brad), blackberry bushes can be intimidating. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, Brad, how the hell are you making…

No Scrubs

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Am I the only person who didn’t know loofahs are cucumbers? It’s true. Not only are the young fruits edible, but these fibrous sponges are versatile,…

Petals from the Past

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When the Columbus Botanical Garden offered an urban agriculture workshop, Brad and I knew it would be insightful, but we had no idea we’d…

Diversionary tactics

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If you can’t beat ’em, feed ’em? That’s the idea behind decoy gardens, or trap gardens. These are where growers plant edible crops to…

More palletable

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Remember when we took that pact to avoid buying new stuff? Well, there are some issues from time to time. I’m not talking about…

What’s taters? Precious

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When Fred Fussell read Jenn’s post from earlier this month on storing veg for the winter, it brought back some memories. Fred is probably best described…

Choke Hold

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It’s easy to understand why Native Americans cultivated Jerusalem artichokes* for centuries. These sunflowers are perennial, drought-tolerant, neglect-loving, and storage-friendly. The real puzzle is…

Label maker

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What good’s a kicky wine without a kicky label, right? So after we bottled up our batch of peapod wine, I wanted to put something…

Peapod wine

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“You’re trying to make what?” the nice man asks again. “Peapod wine,” I says. “Peapod wine. Never heard of it,” says the nice man, who…