Small space gardening, cooking, and crafts

Drunk Cherry Showdown: Alcohol Taste Test

Ahhh cherries. So sweet, so beautiful, so corruptible! Seriously, these juicy red fruits love the hooch, soaking up a variety of spirits in as little as an hour's time. While cherries are not exclusive in the tipsy fruits realm, none compare...

Bite of Seattle - Epic Food Festival or an Event That Just Bites?

Seattle is a foodie paradise. Fresh seafood, abundant local produce and an amazing array of culinary talent leave even the most picky eater wanting for nothing while visiting our beautiful metropolis. Discovering that that the city hosts a food festival every...

U-Pick Farm Tips and Strawberry Picking

While most farmer's markets in my corner of the Pacific NW start up in May, it just doesn't feel like Summer until the strawberries hit the stands in a delicious wave. Due to the unseasonably warm winter, our fruit season arrived...

Welcome to the Garden!

So what exactly is an itsy garden? I would define it as two or more plants thriving in a place that is lovingly tended. It could be the small herb box at your kitchen window, a little patch of reclaimed land...

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NY Deli Style Lacto-Fermented Dill Pickles

Query most people and they will say that pickles come from jars filled with vinegar and spices. Growing up in the northeast, however, my first pickle was of a whole different sort. Salty and sour, but not tart, they would be served from the depths of a cloudy brine, either in barrels or countertop glass jars. As time went on, it became harder and harder to find sources of these fermented to perfection pickles. After moving… View More

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Tags: lacto-fermentation, pickles, lactic acid fermentation, fermentation, cucmbers

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Making a Fermentation Jar for Pickles, Sauerkraut and other Probiotic Foods.

Fermented foods are experiencing a bit of a resurgence as more people turn away from processed foods and seek to improve their overall health through better and varied nutrition. New studies on probiotic foods seem to be coming in near weekly linking a healthy gut microbiom to not only maintaining a proper weight and having sufficient nutrient reserves, but also more unexpected areas like depression, auto-immune disorders,… View More

Categories: Crafts, Highlights

Tags: fermentation, diy, lacto-fermentation, fermentation jar

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Blossom Rot - How to Save Your Tomato Harvest

With the hot and hazy days of summer ticking away, my itsy garden has suddenly sprung into a jungle of produce. All of that careful planning, construction and tending has finally begun to pay off in pounds upon pounds of fresh and delicious veggies! With dreams of pickles, hot sauce, dried chilies, pesto and fresh herbs finally… View More

Categories: Garden, Highlights

Tags: tomato, blossom rot, soil pH

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Drunk Cherry Showdown: Alcohol Taste Test

Ahhh cherries. So sweet, so beautiful, so corruptible! Seriously, these juicy red fruits love the hooch, soaking up a variety of spirits in as little as an hour's time. While cherries are not exclusive in the tipsy fruits realm, none compare to the ease, flavor and speed with which a batch can be made. Before we get down to the taste test, let's… View More

Categories: Recipes, Highlights

Tags: Cherries, Boozy cherries, Rum cherries, Drunk cherries

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