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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 will talk about the botanical nature […]

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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.

Get Your Cocktail Garden On.

  So last year I planted this cocktail garden.  It was a huge undertaking that I wrote not a word about, in part because I was too busy doing it.  The space was one of those typically difficult side yards found around a lot of old houses:  as little...

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Posted by on December 26, 2012 at 4:28 am   This post has 7 responses.

Free-range birds and farmer fizz

This week begins a month (more or less) of eating—and drinking. Thanksgiving looms large, but after that there is also a continual round of work parties, holiday dinners, cookie-making parties, and excuses to drink Tom & Jerrys. The gift-buying part of Christmas might be a drag, but I like...

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 at 8:45 am   This post has 5 responses.

A Few Thoughts About Timing

I’m convinced that once the basics are in place in a vegetable garden–namely a lot of sun, good soil, and sufficient water–timing is the most crucial factor for success. Vegetables generally go from seed to plate in the course of a single season. This is a dramatic transformation, one...

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Posted by on November 6, 2012 at 7:59 am   This post has 5 responses.

Sisyphus as Orchardist

The Fedco Trees catalog has arrived, and once again I find myself failing to pay any attention to my children and job.  The Fedco catalog is not just informative, it’s entertaining, and so are the hundreds of different fruit trees it offers. I prefer ordering fruit trees from catalogs...

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 am   This post has 12 responses.

Want to Live to 100? Two Words: Vegetable Garden

Check out this delightful New York Times Magazine piece by Dan Buettner considering why the inhabitants of a Greek Island named Ikaria are exceptionally long lived. Gardening is mentioned over and over and over.

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Posted by on October 24, 2012 at 8:32 am   This post has 5 responses.

Half-Assed, Lazy, and Extremely Successful

The one real contribution I hope to make to the literature of vegetable gardening is my total shamelessness. I’ve been growing so much food for so long that failures of any kind do not faze me, whether due to Acts of God or my own negligence. I firmly believe...

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Posted by on October 22, 2012 at 10:39 am   This post has 14 responses.

Most Likely To Be Pilfered

When my mother heads back to New Jersey after visiting me in upstate New York, she generally gets up very early. She’s 81, but still works six or seven days a week in a bakery, and if she hits the road by 5AM, can be there before 8AM. She’s...

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 at 9:22 am   This post has 9 responses.

Quick! Drink This Before All The Tomatoes Are Gone!

I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but around these parts we still have a few good tomatoes left at the farmers market. So that’s what I’m calling this drink–The Farmers Market.  Hurry up and make a batch while you still can. The Farmers...

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Vegetables Should Taste Good!

The New York Times ran a piece this week about the results of federal legislation mandating healthier school lunches beginning this year. Because of puritanical restrictions on fat and salt, the healthy food has no flavor and many kids are just rejecting it. Monica Eng of the Chicago Tribune...

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Posted by on October 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm   This post has 17 responses.

Low-Hanging Fruit, Part Two

Back in April I reported on the surprising blooms on a pair of semi-dwarf apple trees I’d given up for dead after a freak October snowstorm had ripped their roots out the ground, leaving the trees on their sides. I left the trees in the ground, not really expecting...

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Posted by William Alexander on October 4, 2012 at 5:42 am   This post has one response.
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