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.

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

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
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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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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.

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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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Episode #33: Growing Marijuana Outdoors

Sure, Pot is legal in Washington now, and regulated. That means growers are choosing how to grow their pot for the retail market. Which raises the question, do you know where your marijuana comes from? Greg takes us around a Maury Island farm where the farmer is growing his crop outside, naturally. Not many threats to worry about, except for the occasional mole, vole and fungus. And maybe the occasional human trespasser.

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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Episode #32: Grow Smart, Grow Safe and Summer Lettuce

Your roses are struggling and you just want to spray something. But just what do the many lettered chemicals listed on the back of the can actually do to plants and insects and people?

Grow Smart, Grow Safe” is a new app to help consumers navigate the pesticide and herbicide aisles of your local gardening supply store and choose a safer product.

Herbicides, fungicides and pesticides have sales in the billions. Tons are regularly applied to lawns and gardens. A Dry Rain is an organic gardening concern, but we understand that many gardeners are not, yet. If you are going to use these products, Grow Smart, Grow Safe, will help you determine the impact they actually have on the environment and on your family.
Metro, the elected regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Seattle, WA and Thurston County Environmental Health, in Olympia, WA. developed “Grow Smart, Grow Safe.” They have a website as well.

Marty Wingate headed over to the aisles at Greenwood Hardware to talk about this tool with King County’s Mary Rabourn (full disclosure, she is also Greg Rabourn’s spouse.)

Then, Willi Galloway answers a listener’s request for tips on growing lettuce in the summer.

For a great source of information about gardening, check out The Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline at 206 633-0224 The folks who answer know a lot about about products, pesticides, organic alternatives and plants.

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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Episode #31: The Soil Will Save Us”

Healthy soil might be able to capture and hold enough greenhouse gases to slow climate change. Soil contains vast amounts of stored carbon. Human practice, from plowing fields to cutting forests to burning coal, has released tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Some scientists are proposing that smarter farming and grazing will replenish the damaged topsoil around the world. Rebuilding the bacteria, fungus and other microorganisms that make up healthy soil will lock up more carbon in the ground where it won’t do the damage it is doing in the atmosphere. There is an added benefit as well. Improved rangeland and higher yields on farmland could bring costs down for farmers, ranchers and consumers.
Steve Scher talks to writer Kristin Ohlson about the latest developments in the field of soil science. Ohlson’s book is “the soil will save us: How Scientists, Farmers And Foodies Are Healing The Soil To Save The Planet. “

We’ll have part two of their conversation later from A Dry Rain.

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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Episode #30 Part Two: Willi Galloway’s Edible Gardening Talk

Here is part two of Willi Galloway’s talk on helping you get the best harvest from what you are growing in your garden. She was at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle,Wa. Here is the audio portion of the lecture, chock full of great tips about edible pods, edible seeds, edible parts of your plant you may never have suspected of being edible.

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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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Episode #30 Part 1: Willi Galloway’s Edible Gardening Talk

Willi delivered a great lecture on helping you get the best harvest from what you are growing in your garden. She has some surprising tips for recognizing and using all the edible parts of the vegetable in gardening. She was at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle,Wa. Here is the audio portion of the lecture, chock full of great tips about carrot pesto, edible flowers and much more.

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.

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