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Radio From Hell Garden Progress Richie T |
06/01/2012 | Filed In: Radio From Hell |

Radio From Hell Garden Progress

Garden From Hell - Starts from nursery Earth and Eden in Midway (the Rosemary, Raspberry, Tomatillo, African Blue Basil, Lemon Thyme).

We planted garlic and walking onion (our favorite onion). Walking onion is also known as egyptian onion, we didn't see too many people growing this in Boston but it seems to be a popular item here at the Wasatch Community Gardens. The garlic bulbs came from a classmate of Tara's in the Master Gardener's Program offered at USU extension at Thanksgiving Point. It is a hard-neck variety with strong flavor that will add much to the Salsa From Hell when it's ready...also they're HUGE! The walking onion is a 5th generation heirloom variety. Tara and I started the onion 4 years ago in Boston, this is its 5th season off the same mother plant. The onion is 100% edible; the bulb, the stalk and the cloves at the top. The bulb tastes like a spicy red onion, the stalks are very big around and have a flavor like very strong green onion/chives, and the cloves that grow on top (which are later planted if not eaten) are like a red onion with a hint of garlic. They call this plant "walking onion" because if left to it's own devices, it will bend down, drop the cloves to the ground and root itself again "walking" around the garden! This specific plant made the trek to UT in the back of a 14 ft U-haul over 5 days of driving while we moved here last August. With no light or water this sucker survived just fine. This onion has seen Mt. Rushmore and the Corn Palace in South Dakota (worlds only corn palace.......it's a palace made of corn, no joke.)  

Cocktail of the week

Hendrix Martini

Classic and simple with a hint of cucumber!

Step 1: Pour Hendrix into a shaker, 5 parts Step 2: A dash of vermouth Step 3: (optional) 1 tablespoon diced cuckes

Shake the hell out of it

Step 4: Garnish with a slice of cucumber

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Urban Gothic Richie T |
05/11/2012 | Filed In: Radio From Hell Gardener

Urban Gothic

Urban Gothic

After weeding the garden it was time to treat the soil. Wasatch Community Gardens already had a compost pile for their patrons to use, SCORE! We added a couple of wheel-barrows full of compost, some sweet organic soil from Fox Farms, and some organic fertilizer also from Fox Farms. We gave it enough TLC that the crops should be plentiful all season long.

The next step was to get the square foot gardening set up. We laid out nails every foot of the perimeter of the raised bed with the help of Levi. We then tied twine around the nails marking square feet, in order to easily visualize our gardening space. We chose to use this method so we could more accurately plan the space and coordinate crop maturation times. We also chose this method because we are so awesome and we want a maximized yield from the Garden from Hell. This allows us to grow all the peppers, tomatoes and herbs we want for our salsa while pulling expired cool season crops (lettuce, spinach and peas) in time to make room for our heat loving veggies. Square foot gardening boasts benefits of intensive planting methods and proper crop planning/spacing. This method combined with companion planting should make a pretty kick-ass garden.

~Radio From Hell Gardeners

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The Garden From Hell Richie T |
05/03/2012 | Filed In: Garden from Hell | Radio From Hell | Wasatch Community Gardens

The Garden From Hell

Radio From Hell "Sharecropper" Tara Evicci in front of X96 "Garden From Hell" plot at Wasatch Community Gardens 900 S. 200 W.

   Brent and I are very pleased to present to everyone the Radio From Hell Garden! As you can see there is a bit of weeding that needs to happen here. I visited the spot after our interview on the Radio from Hell show and got an hours worth of weeding done. This Sunday will be our first "real" day at the garden. We will be finishing the weeding and preparing the soil for planting. I doubt we will plant any starts on Sunday, we need to make sure the soil is properly fertilized before we start any of our precious salsa crops. We will be stopping by the IFA stores before sunday to pick up mulch and fertilizer, and Wasatch Community Gardens have provided us with plenty of compost, made on site! After the spot is weeded we will also be building a trellis to support our vining and climbing crops, shelling and snap peas to start, along with passion flower later on.

We plan on doing multiple kinds of salsa, so we will have a variety of tomatoes and peppers, along with all the necessary herbs! The cold season still being upon us, we will start with cold crops like: spinach, lettuce, peas, arugula, onions and such. We will be focusing on salad stuffs to start for a little instant gratification and moving full force into salsa territory when the soil temperature is a little more appropriate for our warm season crops. (it won't be long though!)

I have been designing the garden as a "square foot garden" coupled with companion planting techniques. This will help us maximize space, yield and flavor. An example of companion planting would be planting basil underneath your tomato plants. These two plants will join forces to repel pests and attract beneficials (like ladybugs) while also enhancing each others flavor.  

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Radio From Hell Film Festival Richie T |
03/02/2012 | Filed In: Radio From Hell Film Festival

Radio From Hell Film Festival

The Radio From Hell Film Festival was held at the “too cool for school” Tower Theater. It was jam packed, and the audience seemed excited to be there. Excitement turned into enthusiasm as the films started and each film, good or bad (most of them were really good) received warm applause from the audience every time. I admired the classiness of it. Someone (I don’t know who) put together the films together on a continuous reel so they went right in succession. The theme was “Save the Soil,” and every movie had to have those words either spoken or displayed onscreen as part of the story. A ceiling fan also had to be shown onscreen. It was amusing to see what the film makers came up with to incorporate those into the story. As they began, an early favorite seemed to be a film called “Dream Plot,” that followed two men’s struggle to find a story that incorporated “Save the Soil” and a ceiling fan. One of the men is so stressed out about it he starts to dream about finding a plot, and it goes from there. Eventually, it won the Audience Choice award. A later film was called “Everybody (Verb)s” and the child actors from a later film called “The Curse” had to be taken outside by their mother during this one. Basically, the movie was about a man, currently having intimacy problems with his wife, taking his daughter to the library, where he finds an enlightening book in the childrens section, titled “Everybody F***s.” Slightly memorable. The child actors from “The Curse,” collectively won the Best Actress award at the end of the night, when award winners received a cool snowboard. The plot was about a teenage girl successfully casting a spell on her obnoxious little sister. If the movie taught us anything, it was let the oldest sister have the snowboard. You don’t want to cross her. My favorite and the eventual Best Picture winner was a film called “One-Man Novelty.” It’s going to be difficult to describe the plot for this one, but here goes: A guy walks into an empty novelty shop and orders a novelty item. The store owner proceeds to make it on the spot, appearing to be miming and using invisible materials. His arm gets “caught” in an invisible machine and starts to “lose blood” quickly. He almost dies, but the customer gets caught up in the whole thing and uses invisible electroshock paddles to jolt him back to life. Feeling fulfilled at having saved a man’s life, the customer pays 20 real dollars for the invisible mug and leaves. It was cool because they didn’t use any props, visual effects or trick editing to tell an amusing little story. The one-man novelty shop store owner won an award for Best Actor, and the crew won tickets to the Coachella music festival. Pretty cool, and well deserved in my opinion. Those were the highlights for me. A really solid lineup of films, and an excellent way to spend my Leap Day evening. Maybe next year, Richie should make it a little easier on the poor guys. I mean, “Save the Soil?” Pretty difficult to put that into the story organically (no pun intended). ~Mr. Poffenberger 

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Sundance SUNDANCE Richie T |
01/23/2012 | Filed In: Sundance | Radio From Hell | Richie T Steadman

Sundance SUNDANCE

Every year it seems that we get this whole Sundance Film Festival coverage to be that much better.However this year has seemed to be particularly stressful. I don't know why. We aren't doing more interviews than normal, the weather isn't any different than it has been, even the location that we are broadcasting from has stayed the same. But if you would have asked me yesterday if our coverage of Sundance would end up being ok I would have told you NO WAY. AND it's been way better than ok. We have had some really awesome people through the door (podcasts coming) and we still look forward to many more great interviews.  

While Kerry Bill and Gina are actually the ones who are interviewing the filmmakers and casts, I am behind the scenes, making sure people run on time, coordinating schedules and photos, trying to find a coffee or water bottle for those "Hollywood" folks to be comfortable.

The thing I love the most is that every year we have interns return to help with SFF. Some who I haven't seen for years and  years. Others who just left me last semester. But SUNDANCE is just another huge reminder to me of how much I love my job and the really awesome opportunities that it affords me.

 

Richie T

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