Bokashi is a method of composting developed in Japan that uses microbes to decompose food, effectively fermenting it so that it doesn't smell as it is breaking down. Besides lack of smell, another advantage with bokashi is that all food, including meat, fish and dairy, can be composed with this system. Bokashi has gotten a lot of attention in large-scale commercial uses, but what about at home?
This season I went a little gung ho with the tomato plants, but I've been loving every tasty moment. One reason I love them so much this year is that I've been altering their acidity levels to make sweet tasty treats. If MacGyver had a garden...
Gardening is a tough way to feed yourself. I wrote a longer essay for Leite's Culinaria about my own struggles with weeds, especially the evil but edible burdock, and how, in the end, I found peace between myself and my wild garden. If you're a gardener, I think you may be able to identify with my weedy travails!
We love raised bed and container gardening for growing your own veggies in small outdoor spaces, and this project by Linsey Hasenbank combines the two by planting a salad garden in old wooden wine boxes:
A little while back during Reader Request Week, we had several folks ask about herbs. "How should I be pruning them?" "How do I plant them?" "How can I get the most out of them so there's plenty to cook with?" We went straight to the source with Tara Heibel from Sprout Home in Chicago to get our facts straight. Here's a video from Tara speaking directly to you, our Kitchn readers, with her best tips on getting the most out of your herbs.
It's important to teach our kids the value of fresh, real food and a home cooked meal. However, we often struggle with just the right way to introduce these concepts to our children's developing palates and tastes. Why not try to encourage healthy eating, by engaging them in a summer activity such as planting an herb or two? Here are some thoughts and tips on this that I picked up at Austin's recent Food Revolution Day Event.
Do you wish you could grow some of your own food but live in an apartment or other situation where access to a plot of dirt is limited, maybe even nonexistent? Then consider starting a small lettuce garden in a window box! We recommend going for a cut-and-come-again salad mix for optimal variety in taste and a longer harvest season.
See these green and perky scallions? They weren't so perky a week ago. In fact, they were chopped down to their roots. But a scant week of water and a windowsill grew them back — did you ever learn how easy this is?
The town of Todmorden, in West Yorkshire, England has a rather ambitious plan: to become completely self-sufficient in their food production/consumption by 2018. And one way they are doing this is to plant beds of vegetables in public spaces all over town. Locals are encouraged to come and harvest what they need, when they need it. Read on for how this project come to be.