September 04, 2009

Late to the party

I know everyone else has been lamenting the lack of summer all summer long, but I still have to say Damn! It's cold this morning for not even being Labor Day yet! I'm sitting on my porch drinking coffee in...
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April 02, 2009


We might make it there today. And I just bought a new hoe, and a bunch of seeds. Can't wait for the weekend! Definitely got the gardening spring fever....
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March 19, 2009


Veggie garden on the South Lawn....
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October 05, 2008

Pepper Pickle

It's not like I grew a peck, but I have a passel of poblanos. Who can suggest something yummy to do with them?...
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September 13, 2008

Highly Offensive

That's what this is, evidently, to someone who lives on my block. This week I received from the city a notice that I was in violation of city code for "excessive weeds" and "obstructed sidewalk." Look again at the distressing...
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August 10, 2008


Although radishes have reigned supreme as the multi-use go to garden goody of the summer, the squashes (of the "it came from the compost!" variety ie I have no idea which kind of squash) are really flowering with gusto, which...
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July 10, 2008

And then there was one

On my front porch I have a tall cabinet that I use for a mini garden "shed." It used to be a friend's kitchen pantry, but when they got new cabinets, it was destined for the dump. Being the chronic...
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July 02, 2008

What the hell am I growing?

I need help. And I'm looking at you for answers to what this volunteer in my tomato bed might be. It looks somewhat radishy in the pod, but the flowers are yellow, not white or pink/purple. The leaves have a...
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June 26, 2008

First Radishes

Once again it's the radish that wins the race for first edible crop. This time I tried using both pods and leaves. The latter went into a quick saute with some onions and collards (from the store), with butter and...
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January 20, 2008

An Observation

I am reminded of seventh grade geography, where I learned that at certain latitudes, the ground stays frozen, often for many years in succession. Today I learned, that below certain temperatures, what I refer to as "turdcicles" actually become "permapoop."...
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November 11, 2007

Applesauce wasn't on the "to do" list

Yeah, well, shit happens. I'd been holding on to some apples for far too long, and the only thing left was something sauce-ish, given the way that most of them looked. It's a shame, because they are organic and locally...
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October 30, 2007

Frost, pumpkin, you know the drill

Every year I tell myself that I am going to have my shit together and have my plants put away and protected before the first frost comes. Those plans alternate between constructing a greenhouse from all the storm windows I...
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October 06, 2007

Che and George Will had a baby!

Several years ago, in my ongoing quest to make the outside of my house more livable than the inside, I built a pond in the back yard. I say "I built" but it was really a team effort, involving neighbors,...
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October 01, 2007

It's always a good idea to know the vegetable you are cooking...

...before you start cooking it. Hmmm, I think I'll finally use a couple of those yellow squashes that came off that vine that I thought was pumpkin, then decided was yellow squash. Yes, sauteeed in olive oil, sounds delicious. Well,...
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September 26, 2007

Big Freakin' Hail

Really cool! Marble sized, all over the yard. This rarely happens up here. And rain! It came hard and fast, but we need it. I'll still be excited in the morning if there is no damage either to vehicles or...
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June 15, 2007

Don't Worry, Bee Happy

The lack of bees in my garden was starting to worry me a bit, what with all the stories aout colony collapse around the country. Normally there are many flitting about the flowers, and more in the section of the...
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June 05, 2007

First Fruits

Radishes, actually. This was the first year I planted radishes in my garden, a mix heirloom selection. Boy howdy did they take off! Generally the only thing I get to harvest in early June is parsley, which winters over and...
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