Episode #43 Fall Clean-up and Planting

Fall means clean up and plant. So, what are best clean-up practices, and what should be put in the ground right now? Marty, Greg and Steve dig around that particular pile for awhile and raise a few canes as well.

Willi has been busy helping run a business in Portland, Perch furniture. Greg is gearing up for another season of his King County-TV Show,Yard Talk.
And Marty, well Marty has been busy writing best-sellers for the Ebook mystery trade.

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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Steve is the Town Hall Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. Think about when you knew that you had found your home. Check out the Facebook page and share your story as you answer the question, “where are you home?”

Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.
And books. That Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher is a new show about the books you are reading and the ones you might grab next.

Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Episode #42 Fall and Winter Shrubs with Great Scents

Marty Wingate suggests plants that will bring you fragrance in the fall and winter. A few offer color too. A few offer food for hummingbirds as well.

Katsura Trees

Redfox

Heronswood Globe

Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn

Asian Mahonia’s

Charity
Wintersun
Arthur Menzies
Lionel Fortescue

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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Steve is the Town Hall Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. Think about when you knew that you had found your home. Check out the Facebook page and share your story as you answer the question, “where are you home?”

Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.
And books. “That Big Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher” is a new show about the books you are reading and the ones you might grab next.

Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Episode #41 Nashi Orchards Part 2- Perrymaking

Greg takes us into the Perry making operation at Vashon Island’s Nashi Orchards, where Cheryl Lubbert and Jim Gerlach turn out a pear cider called Perry..

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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Steve is the Town Hall Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. This Friday, October 17th, come for a free, hands-on event. We are exploring how a place becomes home. Think about when you knew that you had found your home. Steve is calling the series Taking Root. Check out the Facebook page and share your story as you answer the question, “where are you home?”

Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.
And books. “That Big Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher” is a new show about the books you are reading and the ones you might grab next. It is coming out soon as a podcast. You can find it now, here

Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Episode #40 A Sparkling Libation at Nashi Orchards

Greg takes us out on the farm again. This time to Vashon Island’s Nashi Orchards, where Cheryl Lubbert and Jim Gerlach turn out a pear cider called perry..

We always welcome your questions. Ask at adryrain@gmail.com
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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Steve is the Town Hall Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. Think about when you knew that you had found your home. He is calling the series Taking Root. Check out the Facebook page and share your story as you answer the question, “where are you home?”

Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.
And books. “That Big Stack of Books with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher” is a new show about the books you are reading and the ones you might grab next. It is coming out soon as a podcast. You can find it now, here

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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

City Fruit Harvests the Urban Orchard

We are in a part of Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood folks call Tangletown to pick some fruit with City Fruit. Homeowner Susan is sharing some of the bounty of her Asian Pear, so City Fruit Harvester Hamilton Anderson is heading up the tree while Catherine Morrison, the non-profit’s executive director, joins us to talk about their mission.

City Fruit is an option for homeowners with too much fruit. Once you’ve collected what you want for your own use, once you’ve given bags away to neighbors, you probably still have fruit on that plum or apple tree. City Fruit can help, harvesting your fruit and donating it to food banks and meal programs.
You can use their map to track the trees in your neighborhood, volunteer and offer your own tree for harvesting. They are even offering help in pruning fruit trees.

Cities are vast urban orchards. The trees in our yards, parks and empty lots can provide fresh fruit for many. It just needs to get to the right people rather than just the worms and squirrels. And let’s face it, there’s still enough for them.

We always welcome your questions. Ask at adryrain@gmail.com
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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Steve is the Town Hall Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. Think about when you knew that you had found your home. He is calling the series Taking Root. Check out the Facebook page and share your story as you answer the question, “where are you home?”

Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.

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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Episode #38 Morning Dew Two and Tomatoes Too

Greg returns to the Willapa Hills, Washington for the rest of his tour of Morning Dew Farm, where calendula’s are flowering, potatoes are stacked inside of potato boxes and the hoop houses are bursting with tomatoes.
Speaking of tomatoes, Willi Galloway offers some tips of using green tomatoes and saving seeds.

We always welcome your questions. Ask at adryrain@gmail.com
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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Steve is the Town Hall Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. Think about when you knew that you had found your home. He is calling the series Taking Root. Check out the Facebook page and share your story as you answer the question, “where are you home?”

Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.

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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Late Summer Cukes, Tomatoes and the Zucchini 500

Willi, Greg and Steve convene at Town Hall Seattle for this episode. Willi on Skype, Greg and Steve in Town Hall’s cafe and Marty, well Marty was off.
We take up the tough question of how to use the tomatoes that are ripening in the warm Northwest, as well as cucumbers and zucchini.
We spend a lot of time thinking about the cookbooks of Otto Lenghi.
Here is a recipe for tomato butter as well. Just for fun.

Steve is the Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. He is working on a project about home, asking you the question, where are you home? Dig a little deeper if you like, when did you know you were home? When are you home? If you are still looking for the place to sink some roots, when will you know you’re home?
Share a story, a picture, a poem, a video, the sound of home, a painting of home if you are so inclined. The project is called Taking Root. There is a Facebook page. And on twitter, @whereareyouhome and #taking root and #whereareyouhome. Love to hear, read, see, listen to how you answer these questions.

We always welcome your questions. Ask at adryrain@gmail.com
On Facebook
On twitter @adryrainnw.

A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.

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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Episode #36 Farms and Figs

In this episode Greg takes us to the Willapa Hills, Washington and Morning Dew Farm. Also, he answers a listener question about growing figs in the Northwest.

We always welcome your questions. Ask at adryrain@gmail.com
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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

Steve is the Town Hall Scholar in Residence at Town Hall this fall. Think about when you knew that you had found your home. He will be asking for your stories in the weeks ahead, is you are so inclined. Pictures, sounds and videos welcome too. He is calling the series Taking Root.
Also, Steve likes movies. Check out The Overlook Podcast with Robert Horton.

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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Episode #35- A Bouquet of Episodes

We are taking a couple of weeks off and so this week we offer a few clips from past episodes. A bouquet, if you will from our first episode, where we talk about what makes gardening in the Pacific Northwest unique, from episode #7, where we answer some of our listeners questions and episode #9, recorded at Molbaks Cafe, where we take up the question of planting bare root plants. Just in time for fall planting.

Say, a garden is one very tangible place where you might feel that tug that tells you you are taking root, that this must be the place, this is home. That is Steve’s project for the fall at Town Hall. When did you know the place was your home? How did you know? Was there one incident or many that finally left you feeling rooted?
Over the next few weeks, Steve will be asking you for your stories of Home, where it is, why it’s home and how you came to be home? Look and listen for his requests at A Dry Rain and over on his Facebook Page.

We always welcome your questions. Ask at adryrain@gmail.com
On Facebook
On twitter @adryrainnw.

A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

Episode #34 Soil Will Save US, part 2

There is a divergence of opinion over whether modern agriculture will be able to provide enough food for the billions more people who will be living on the planet in the coming decades. Is there a food crisis, or a distribution crisis? Should farmers embrace GMO’s that offer disease resistant and herbicide resistant crops- for a price? Could the ancient practices of soil conservation be wedded to new discoveries about soil microorganisms to increase yields on farms and rangelands?

“The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers And Foodies Are Healing The Soil To Save The Planet, “ looks at the latest developments in the field of soil science and what is being called regenerative agriculture. Writer Kristin Ohlson reports modern science is taking a deeper look at the connections between plants and soil microorganisms.
Conventional farming and grazing practices have depleted soils worldwide. Yet, in fields where no-till planting, cover cropping and – in a controversial discovery- grazing practices that mimic the natural behaviors of herds are employed, topsoil improves quickly. However, Kristin Ohlson tells Steve Scher in part two of their interview that there is resistance within the agricultural industry and from Congress to funding more research into these practices.

We always welcome your questions. Ask at adryrain@gmail.com
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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,

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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.

In Pacific Northwest, we garden year round. Join us as we talk about the best practices for gardening organically. Don't worry about getting wet. It's a dry rain.