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A Bantam Fan

  I like having bantam hens for the same reason that I like having girl children: pretty. A joy to watch. It was the girls who chose the fancy bantams from the McMurray’s catalog.  They are an assortment, Silkies with fur apres-ski hats, fat little Cochins in black, brown and barred, and one tiny little […]

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Posted by on September 14, 2013 at 7:24 am   This post has 4 responses.

Have Scythe, Will Farm

I recently woke up with a badly aching right elbow. In fact, I could barely use my arm. Must be Lyme disease, I concluded. Pain in the joints is a primary symptom and I knew I’d been bitten by at least one tick since we purchased a farm property...

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Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 6:46 am   This post has 9 responses.

Please Call them Vegetables–and a Giveaway!

  It started with the pigweed that came up in the rose pot on the edge of my terrace. I didn’t know it was pigweed (and even “pigweed” is problematic since the common name belongs to more than one plant). But eventually I whittled down the rose-invader’s ID to...

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 5:57 am   This post has 26 responses.

The Philosopher Shrugs

It was a sorry tomato season.  Never really hot enough.  Too rainy.  For the first time in a long time, I didn’t start my own seedlings, but bought them at the farmer’s market.  Lots of Brandywines, instead of what I’d have started myself: Paul Robesons, Pineapples, Orange Pastes and...

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Posted by on September 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm   This post has 11 responses.

This Week in Crazy Rhubarb Lady

By now you’ve probably all seen the viral internet video of the crazy, foul-mouthed woman stealing rhubarb from her neighbor’s alley.  If you haven’t, you can watch the video in full here–and remember that it is NSFW.  (And that stands for Not Safe For Work, for those of you...

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 at 6:25 am   This post has 7 responses.

Peach Patrol

Behold a tree that is embroiled in more controversy,  pawed over more regularly, and assaulted by more attention, admiration, disgust, falling maple branches, and drunken wonder than a Real Housewife of Orange County.  A ‘Garnet Beauty’ variety, its checkered history began when the gardener ordered it bare-root from Fedco...

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm   This post has 10 responses.

The Redventure Romp Cocktail

  Many thanks to Beth Evans-Ramos at Mama Knows Her Cocktails for letting us share this bit of deliciousness. Cheers!   My Redventure celery is finally red and ready! I cut my first batch of it for an appetizer plate I was putting together to take to our friends’ house. I...

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Posted by on July 24, 2013 at 6:21 am   This post has 2 responses.

Rant on the Road: New Orleans, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard

Hey folks!  I’m on the road this week and next. There will be cocktails!  See you out there? July 18 2013 12:30 PM – Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA Panelist, “Digging into the Secrets of Tequila”. July 18 2013 06:30 PM – Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans,...

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 5:14 am   This post has Comments Off.

Sweat Shopping

First of all, thanks to Amy, Susan, and Elizabeth for your extreme patience in letting me spend 7 or 8 months attempting to organize my life rather than blog posts. Thanks also to the Garden Rant community for your kind words!  I am back in the garden, more or...

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Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 6:03 am   This post has 11 responses.

Don’t engineers even grow tomatoes?

Guest Rant by Rebecca Caley The tomato plants are so thick and sturdy, nothing can bring them down.  That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.  Never trust a tomato.  Their goal is to reproduce by getting rotten tomatoes on the ground.  They will fight the trellis, the cage,...

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm   This post has 54 responses.

It’s For a Good Cause, People!

  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual fundraiser is happening online this year, with all kinds of delightful things up for auction.  I’m donating a Drunken Botanist Book Club in a Box, which includes the following: Ten personally inscribed copies of The Drunken Botanist, for you and your BFFs A...

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 at 8:25 am   This post has one response.

Grafted Tomatoes! A Million of Them!

Holy Brandywine, did you know that over a million grafted tomatoes have been sold in the United States? It’s true! So says Anne Raver in the NYT’s latest dip into the grafted veggie thing. So. Massive, disease-resistant, hardy rootstock pumping out more tomatoes than ever before. Have you tried...

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Posted by on June 5, 2013 at 6:15 am   This post has 14 responses.

I’ll Have My Aronia Cocktail Now, Please.

Earlier this year at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show,  I was hanging out with Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom (and author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens) in her exhibit booth. She had brought a selection of edible landscaping plants — reliable, hardworking shrubs, vines, trees and the like that...

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 at 6:44 am   This post has 7 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Goes to Manhattan…

…and Buffalo.  And Brooklyn.  See you there?  As always, please check with the venue before heading out to confirm details.  Also, there are lots more events coming up around the country–go here to see the complete list. June 06 2013 06:30 PM — The Horticultural Society of New York,...

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 at 8:05 am   This post has 2 responses.

Kale-a-Rama makes me Wonder: Is Veganism the Next Big Thing?

Veganism has been creeping into my consciousness for a while now, but it was the recent vegan festival in my town that makes me wonder if it’s now mainstream.  The festival, modeled after the successful Garlic Festival  in California (now in its 35th year), and billing itself as the...

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 at 8:38 am   This post has 28 responses.

When Food is Too Convenient for Our Own Good

Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry were in Louisville during the first week of May. They weren’t on the Derby celebrity runway that rainy day at Churchill Downs. That was left to Kid Rock, Smokey Robinson—among the few names I did know—plus dozens more B-list television, music and sports “stars”...

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Posted by on May 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm   This post has 7 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Tour, and You Should Totally Grow These

Okay!  A few more tour dates for you. See you out there?  Go here if you want to see everything that’s coming up.  And as always, check these venues for full details.   April 24 2013 — Culinary Arts & Letters, Chapel Hill, NC Special cocktail event with The...

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Posted by on April 24, 2013 at 3:03 am   This post has 5 responses.

Drunken Botanist Tour Dates: Southwest, East Coast, and Where is the Gin?

Yes, I am still on the road!  It’s hard to believe, I know.  I can hardly believe it myself. So here are some tour dates, and the complete list, if you’d like to see it, is here.  As always, check details with the venue before heading out. April 17...

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 at 4:44 am   This post has 5 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Tour: Milwaukee to Miami, and Beyond. Plus, Whiskey.

Why, yes!  It’s another week of Drunken Botanist tour dates?  Are you out there, Milwaukee people? Miami people? Austin? Phoenix? Well, if you’re interested, all the tour dates are here, and as always, check with the venue to confirm event details before heading out.   April 10 2013 07:00...

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Posted by on April 10, 2013 at 4:30 am   This post has 4 responses.

This Week in Drunken Botanist Tour Dates, and I’m Ready for Some Tequila

And on it goes!  All Drunken Botanist tour dates are listed here, but this is what I’ve got going on this week.  Please do check details with the venue before heading out.  And then–please do head out!  I’d love to see you.  And you.  All of you, really.  ...

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 at 4:11 am   This post has 3 responses.
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