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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, gravity.  They will win. Don’t engineers […]

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

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.

Drunken Botanist Pacific Northwest Dates, And Rum Drinks for Everyone!

If you’re in Portland, Seattle, or Bellingham, I’d love to see you this week.  All the tour dates are online here, but this week’s stops include:   March 27 2013 07:30 PM — Powell’s (Burnside location), Portland, OR With a special appearance by House Spirits Distillery‘s Christian Krogstad, who...

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 at 4:19 am   This post has 2 responses.

Drunken Botanist West Coast Tour, And it’s Vodka Week!

Vodka week?  Isn’t every week vodka week? Yeah, well.  I’m still hanging out on the West Coast, so if you’re in the neighborhood, I hope you’ll drop by. Complete list of tour dates can be found here, and please do check with the venue before heading out in case...

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 at 3:47 am   This post has 6 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Road Show, Plus Your Weekly Cocktail

Okay, folks! Your devoted correspondent is on a book tour for the next couple of months.  I’d love to stay and chat, but instead I’m going to furnish you with a list of tour dates and ask you to come out and fill a seat, badger your friends into...

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Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 6:11 am   This post has one response.

Blast From the Past: Botanical Cocktail Ingredients, 1858 Style

Imagine my excitement when this came into our bookstore. The full title of the book is Fermented Liquors: a Treatise on Brewing, Distilling, Rectifying, and Manufacturing of Sugars, Wines, Spirits, and All Known Liquors, Including Cider and Vinegar:  Also, Hundreds of Valuable Directions in Medicine, Metallurgy, Pyrotechny, and the...

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Posted by on March 6, 2013 at 4:35 am   This post has 9 responses.

I Must Have This.

I’m totally in love with these DIY kits for making your own bitters. The problem with making your own bitters is that some of the spices are expensive and difficult to track down. (You cannot get gentian root in the spice section at Safeway.)  So this company called Dash...

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Posted by on February 27, 2013 at 4:21 am   This post has 2 responses.

See you in Seattle? Plus: Plants in Bottles and How to Organize Them

I’m in Seattle this week at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.  Are you there too?  Come see me! February 21 2013 03:15 PM — Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle, WA The Backyard Bartender: Secrets to Mixing Creative Cocktails February 22 2013 01:30 PM — Northwest Flower &...

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 at 3:56 am   This post has 8 responses.

Drinking Vinegars: The Other Kind of Shrub

One day last year, a mysterious courier arrived at my house.  (Okay, the courier was not so very mysterious.  She was driving plants to my local garden centers from Oregon-based Log House Plants.)  Anyway, she had a special delivery for me from Log House’s owner, Alice Doyle. A crazy-cool...

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Posted by on February 13, 2013 at 4:29 am   This post has 12 responses.

The Cocktail Garden: More “After” Photos

Following up on last week’s post about the construction of this here cocktail garden, I’ve got a few more pictures to share, along with some lessons learned. But first, this just in!  My bookstore is now taking pre-orders for signed or inscribed copies of The Drunken Botanist. We hope...

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 at 4:11 am   This post has 9 responses.

The Cocktail Garden: Before and After

Last week I posted garden designer Susan Morrison’s lovely hand-drawn plans of my cocktail garden, which she designed in response to my desperate plea for help. You can see the final results in the February issue of Sunset magazine, but maybe you’d like to see where we started. Because...

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 at 4:02 am   This post has 12 responses.

The Cocktail Garden!

So! Sunset magazine stopped by a few months ago. It was great fun hanging out with a couple of pros all day and watching them work. (Oh, and there was some mixing of cocktails, too.) Anyway, you can see the results in the February issue of Sunset, which is...

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Posted by on January 23, 2013 at 3:48 am   This post has 5 responses.
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