• Garden Cocktails: The Bourbon Red

    Most beet cocktails (not that there are many) are vodka based. For me however, beets feel like fireplaces, oak, cigar smoke and old men in tweed. Therefore, I pair beets with bourbon for this beet cocktail. I don’t know if it will ever find its way into a hunting lodge but it is one of my […]

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  • The Tools of Permaculture: A Guide to Permaculture Techniques

    This is the third part in my permaculture series. Check out Part I: The Permaculture Principles and Part II: A History of Permaculture and its Movers and Shakers. Permaculture is a thought process. There are many methods employed by permaculturist but these methods do not make the movement. My teacher, Larry Santoyo, likes to say that […]

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  • Saving Seeds in Thailand

    Street Markets are a staple of Thailand. Walking through one is absorbing; mountains of dried chiles, fresh cut flowers swarming with bees, tropical fruits unfamiliar in the West, flopping catfish and neat rows of pig heads. Some of these markets only happen at night, some open at 5 in the morning and if you show […]

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  • What I’m Reading: The One-Straw Revolution

    You will recognize the similarity in the name, The One-Straw Revolution, and the name of this website. While I take my name from Paul Cezanne’s quote this book has been an influence on my own thinking about nature and agriculture from an early age. Masanobu Fukuoka sees a revolution in one strand of straw just […]

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  • Garden Cocktails: Winter on the Southside

    The Southside cocktail is a drink of legend. My favorite origin story goes like this: Prohibition era Chicago was a gangland split between the north and south end of town. The gangs in the north cornered the liquor market and imported quality spirits from Canada. Gangs in the south, notably Al Capone, relied on spirits made in […]

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  • Seed Bomb Revolution: Learn How to Make Seed Bombs

    Seed bombs are a favorite tool of guerilla gardeners who launch them into hard-to-access areas like fenced lots. I have also seen them at artsy craft sales where hipsters turn a large profit selling what costs very little to make. I even saw a vending machine selling them. Seed bombs can be easily and cheaply […]

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  • What I’m Reading: Sunset Western Garden Book

    It would be difficult to find a bookshelf that still houses an encyclopedia. But, there is a joy in searching for information without a screen. The New Sunset Western Garden Book should be on the shelf of every gardener in the western United States (that includes Alaska and Hawaii). This curated volume is the must have guide […]

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  • How to Make Calendula Salve From Your Own Flowers

    First, let’s clear some confusion. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a European native that often goes by its common name ‘pot marigold.’ However, the plant that goes by the common name ‘marigold’ (Tagetes spp.) is an entirely different plant that is often called ‘French Marigold’ despite being native to the Americas. Still confused? Here it is again: […]

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