New Chickens, Orange Blossoms, and Peas

I added three new hens - six months old and already laying - to the flock last week. We've had Danish Brown Leghorns in the past and really liked them for their hardiness, so I was happy to find these. My friend Kate asked for pics of the new chickens, so I figured I'd take […] Read More

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Make a Worm Composter for Less than Five Bucks

Apartment dwellers and urbanites often lament the lack of options for composting in homes with limited yard space. If you're not the kind to get all squirmy over worms in your house, I highly recommend vermicomposting as a method for composting your kitchen waste. You can buy ready-made worm bins, but if you're even a […] Read More


Harvesting Bananas

Awhile back I promised my friend Jane that I'd take a video of our next banana harvest. She lives in Washington state with her family and none of them has ever seen a banana growing, let alone harvested. I figured it would be fun to share the video here, too. Now, mind you, our method […] Read More


Plan Now to Share the Harvest Later

It's that time of year when - for many of us - scouring seed catalogs for potential garden additions stands in for actually getting our hands dirty. While you've got time (and not dirt) on your hands, you might want to consider organizing a method to share your eventual harvest right in your own community. […] Read More

Guest Post: Victory Garden

You may know Christina Le Beau from her excellent blog, Spoonfed. Or you might follow her on Facebook. But today, I'm happy to have her guest posting about her recent experience with vegetable gardening. Here's Christina: I've gardened for years, but always flowers, never fruits or vegetables. We've had token edibles — containers of tomatoes […] Read More

Saving Seeds: Basil

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Straw Bale Fail

(If you're reading this on the front page, click through for more images.) I've been gardening for years, but the idea of planting in straw bales is new to me. I ran across this post about straw bale gardening earlier this year and was intrigued enough to mention in on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page. […] Read More

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Eradicating Gophers in the Garden

Gophers are not a problem here in the islands, but as a longtime California gardener, I know how damaging they can be. If you're new to gardening, you may not have given these underground pests much thought - yet. One minute, there’s no sign of them; the next minute one of your pampered plants has […] Read More

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Five Reasons to Replace Your Lawn with Vegetables

I recently wrote for GeekMom about Julie Bass and her family's fight with the City of Oak Park, Michigan over a front yard vegetable garden. The city wants the Bass family to remove the vegetable garden and put in lawn and shrubs like their neighbors. Obviously, I think this is ridiculous, but let me expand […] Read More


Harvesting Basil

Basil is one of those wonderful garden plants that just keeps coming. Unlike radishes and beets that are done once you harvest them, basil plants provide their pungent goodness for months if you can stay on top of them. Basil should be harvested regularly to prevent flowering. To do so, simply use scissors to trim […] Read More