Eighth of an Acre Bounty

Random thoughts and anecdotes on cooking, critters, gardening and life on our small city lot.

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Entries from May 2009

A commencement speech for the planet

May 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

“Hey, Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating…” Go here to read the entire text of Paul Hawkens address to the University of Portland.

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Tags: General

And we’re off!

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

I know, posts have been few and far between lately. And this post is mostly to say that I won’t be posting for the next few days. We are actually leaving town to get some camping and exploration in. We will be camping in western Montana with friends for a few days but plan on […]

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Cut’n Come Again

May 14th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This winter I purchased a one pound package of “chicken lettuce” from Wild Garden Seeds. This mix is made up of seed that was passed over for inclusion in regular seed packets due to rain stains, excessive chaff or lower germination rates. But it is cheap – a one pound package was $19 (do you […]

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Tags: Gardening · Minutae

Seattle Urban Farm Co-op

May 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Just a quick note in case any local people were unaware of the recently created Seattle Urban Farm Co-op. In their own words… The Seattle Urban Farm Co-op is a community-based project to start a co-op to purchase supplies for urban farmers in the Seattle area. Our focus will be on obtaining supplies such as […]

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Tags: Gardening · Local Food


May 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The first of this month was my birthday. Our dogwood in the backyard always tends to bloom within a week or two of my birthday every year and puts on a chorus of color with the emerging lilacs, tulips and iris. Although May tends to be a generally soggy month in this part of the […]

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Tags: Minutae

The right tool for the job

May 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Meet my new love, the Weed Wrench. No, this little hottie hasn’t replaced Gary – in fact I am pretty sure that Gary is ok with my new relationship.  At the end of last week I drove downtown to visit the fine folks at King County’s Noxious Weed Division and they kindly loaded me up […]

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Tags: Gardening · Secret Garden Project

Spring Green

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The spinach I planted in the cold frame way back in February has turned into a bumper crop. In addition the girls have had numerous 3 egg days recently so this household has been rolling in the greens and eggs. What better way to celebrate the emergence of true spring than Spinach pasta? Tuesday night […]

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Tags: Cooking