Garden Snapshot 7.16.15

Well, Harper Lee must’ve never been a gardener, that’s all I can say.  Because if she had been, she would’ve been like, ‘f— you, mockingbird!’

I was all set to have a great blackberry harvest–there were handfuls of berries just outside my front door (literally! the vine has a foothold in the door frame, and I [...]

Garden Snapshot: 3.9.15

Well! It is now March, and signs of spring are here. It looks like we might actually have more than three days in a row of temps above 60, halleluia for that.

Robins are flocking to the yard in Hitchcockian numbers.  They root around in the mulch, pockmarking the garden beds with fist-sized craters.  If I [...]

Garden Snapshot 11.18.14

It was 75 degrees outside yesterday.  Tonight it will get down to 24, then swing wildly back upwards to 70 later in the week.  Which seems about right, for a North Carolina winter.

Though we had a freeze, technically, a couple of weeks ago, it wasn’t really a hard freeze: the peppers and eggplant survived, the [...]

How to Make a Pesto that Doesn’t Turn Brown

For as long as I’ve been making pesto, I’ve always been annoyed by how quickly the pesto turned brown.  The flavor was fine, but as soon as you stirred it into pasta, or left it out in a bowl, it would turn an unappealing, unappetizing shade of brown.

I tried putting saran wrap on top.  That [...]

Garden Snapshot 9.29.14

September seems to be the time of year that the garden sighs with ease: after suffering through the heat of August, the plants begin to blossom and set fruit again.  There are several green tomatoes; green beans; tomatillos; peppers; watermelon.

And yet: it’s a shifting time, too.  I’ve started seedlings for the cool-weather crops (lettuces, kale, [...]

Garden Snapshot 7.28.14

The eyes on this bee remind me of an alien, sort of.

There is a drama of birdly proportions going on in my front yard.  The crows are strutting around in the grass, searching for whatever it is they like to eat, some of them panting open-beaked already from the heat even though it is [...]

Garden Snapshot 6.29.2014

It’s hard to believe that so much has happened in the garden in the two months since I last wrote about it; yet in some ways it feels like so little.  I still haven’t finished planting the rest of the tomatoes, but most of them are in and growing well, and about half are blossoming.

I [...]

Garden Snapshot 4.30.14

Well, in the time since I’ve been meaning to write this (about a month), the peach tree has blossomed, leafed out, and set fruit.  I’m now set with the task of thinning out the fruit so that what remains will (hopefully) be a good crop.

The daffodils are mostly done blooming; the phlox, too, is on [...]

Garden Snapshot: 3/9/14

If I were to sum up the last three months in just five words, it would be these: Dear Winter, I’m over you.  And so it was hard, today, when it was gloriously 70-degrees-and-sunny to want to do anything but sit on the porch and bask.

And so I didn’t do any of the things I [...]

This Story Ends with: “And then I had a heart attack”

A while ago I was working in the garden, setting out thick layers of newspaper and covering them with grass clippings.  I was working my way up the row, spreading & covering, spreading and covering, when something seemed out of place.  In the back of my mind, something seemed not quite right.

I kept working, spreading [...]