Episode #29 Part 2: A Dry Rain Q and A at Swanson’s

We had a great time answering questions at Swanson’s Nursery in Ballard. A fine group of folks made up the audience. They had some fun questions about trees and roses and whether or not to tear out an unloved grove of rhododendrons. Hope you enjoy the episode. If you missed part 1, download it. And next time, we hope to see you at our Q and A session.

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,

Subscribe

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

Episode #29 Part 1: A Dry Rain Q and A at Swanson’s Nursery

The good folks at Swanson’s Nursery in Ballard invited us for a Question and Answer session. We had a fine group of folks who had interesting questions. If you weren’t there this time, we will be out and about again. I do hope you’ll join us.
As this was a question and answer session, the episode is a little longer than usual. But no longer than our old radio show used to be. And in this case, you can pause it when you have to.It’s broken up into two parts too, for easier listening. So don’t forget to download part 2.

Thanks for listening. Don’t forget to write us with your own questions.

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

Episode #28: Cucumbers

Willi and Steve chat about cucumbers via Skype. Willi has a few different varieties growing, including one that produces cukes that look like baby watermelons.

Willi will be at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle Saturday July 19th at 1 pm to talk about food and gardening. The whole crew will be back there on Sunday the 20th at 2 pm for A Dry Rain Question Time. Hope to see you there.

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

Episode #27 : Kale, Carrots And Cannabis

Marijuana is legal in Washington State and growers are starting to talk more freely about their work as gardeners. What are the best techniques for growing pot? How can marijuana best be grown alongside snow peas, kale and carrots? Greg Rabourn tours a food and marijuana garden after talking with Shango Los of Vimea, the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance, the legal trade organization on Vashon. Their goal is to encourage food growers to compliment their food crops with cannabis, easing pressure on early food harvest and using the pot to enhance their income. Los feels there will be higher quality food production on Vashon/Maury Island while farmers will find it easier to sustain their efforts through marijuana sales. Over at Scott’s garden, Greg sees how the ideas play out in practice. Scott is a food and medical marijuana grower. He grows pot outside and in a greenhouse while teaching himself the ins and outs of successfully growing marijuana amidst food crops.

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

Episode #26: Nootka Rose and Too Many Weeds

We have been on a bit of a hiatus, what with Steve traveling to San Francisco and a slight technical glitch. Our apologies. Check out Steve’s photos of a tour through the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park and Willi’s posts about infused potions. They are at our Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Marty and Greg answer questions from listeners about what to do with too many weeds and growing Nootka roses.

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

Episode #25: Good Cookbooks For Summer Harvest, Good Bugs To Ensure It

Food’s popping out of gardens! Willi Galloway talks about some of the resources she turns to when the harvest is brought into the kitchen. Willi loves the cookbook, “Plenty,” by the Israeli born, London based chef Otto Lenghi. She also turns to Poppy Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s book, “The Herbal Kitchen.”

There are more resources you’ll hear about on the podcast.

Marty has been thinking about protecting her edibles and ornamentals. She shares the website Good Bug Guide, from King County. Know your bugs, the good and the bad. And of course, no pesticides or herbicides are necessary. You can protect your plants and eat your greens through organic methods. Natural Lawn care, and no need to separate edibles and ornamentals.

We grow our gardens because we want to be closer to nature and, well, bugs are nature too.

And finally, Steve is looking for more annual color for this time of year. Marty has some great suggestions.

It’s short but there’s a cornucopia of information.

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

Episode #24: 5 Simple Steps To Garden Health

Marty Wingate is in the garden with Robin Haglund of Garden Mentors for this episode of A Dry Rain. They share 5 simple ideas for your garden.

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

Episode #23: Luke And The Artichoke

Luke Burbank, host of public radio’s Portland based variety show Live Wire, host of The TBTL podcast (a show too beautiful to live, it is such a fragile treasure) tells us about his strong desire to grow artichokes. They offer him an emotional and economic connection. Following on the beach walk Steve and Luke took for TBTL, we wander his rented coastal acreage on the shore of the Strait of Juan De Fuca in Port Townsend. We discuss A Dry Rain’s very righteous stance against too much lawn. Luke likes his, Steve argues for a little less. Then we examine a very sad rhododendron and the fairly happy well-pruned cherry trees.
Walk along with us. There are a couple of R- rated words to watch out for. They are benign really, part of the ecosystem.
Don’t Forget to Like us on Facebook, Twitter away with us and subscribe at iTunes

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

Episode #22: The Unusuals

The Unusuals, wasn’t that a movie? Is this the wrong podcast? No, of course not. Marty Wingate, back from her travels, Willi Galloway, having traveled from Portland and Steve Scher, clearly embarked on his own strange adventures, gather round the table to discuss some of the unusual vegetables and ornamentals gracing their gardens.
Greg Rabourn, the native plant specialist of the group, is off, hopefully tracking down some unusual natives, of the plant variety.

We talk about Lemon Verbena, which is great in tea, the edible unusual Munich Purslane, which has a slightly succulent appearance and the plant by Marty’s front stairs, the scented Prostanthera Cuneata

And speaking of unusuals, don’t forget to come see us for the first of our A Dry Rain Q and A, 2 pm Sunday July 20th at Swanson’s Nursery.

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, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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

A Dry Rain Episode #21: Late Spring Clean-up

Marty, Willi, Steve are talking late spring cleanup.

Steve has been putting in a new more efficient worm bin. There are many styles to choose from, including many homemade do-it-yourself designs.
Marty was working on various garden cleanups, including work on the early summer blooming Philadelphus Coronarius Mock Orange shrub
She is also working on a lovely Mock Orange species.
We also have Marty regale us with a tale, following her spring trip to England. She loved Daylesford House, a garden open just one day a year to the public. It is part of the Daylesford Organics Farm Shop.

Willi harvested many sage blossoms to make sage vinegars, part of a whole series of herbed vinegars you can make.
And she planted Fortex Pole Beans because they taste best.
And she loves her Brazzleberries, a raspberry variety she says is well-worth growing.

Lot’s of good information for you this episode. Don’t let the grass grow under you.

A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:
Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com

Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Greg is off for a few weeks, but we will be hearing from him.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, @sscher.

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

Subscribe

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.