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 [...]

Garden Snapshot: 10/6/13

Well, it’s that time of year again: all of the garlic I forgot to harvest in June is sprouting, sending up their tall grassy stalks.  There are so! many! more than I remember, and in places I have no recollection of planting them.  Note to self (and others): do not plant garlic in/near your asparagus [...]

Basil-Gouda Mac and Cheese

I was rummaging around the freezer the other day when I found a tupperware from last year labeled “Pesto 10-28.”  I used the pesto in a batch of bagels (that I just now realized I never posted a recipe for, since apparently I am a lazy idiot).

Anyway, it got me thinking about last year’s first [...]

Brown Sugar Vanilla Fig Preserves

Last summer, while toodling around on the internet looking for interesting ways to use up the plethora of fresh figs from my mom’s tree, I discovered that there is a book out there called The Flavor Bible, and that such a thing—a bible! of flavor!—exists. It is the kind of book I would like [...]

Garden Snapshot 8.9.13

Well, I finally figured out what the small orange bugs were that I’ve been squishing: leaf-footed stink bugs–and guess what?  They totally destroyed my tomatoes.  Several years back when I took a Plant Pathology course, insects were classified by their mouths/method of eating.  For example, there were the piercing/sucking, and the rasping/chewing.  These [...]

Corn Day and The Rhythm of the Harvest

On a recent Saturday we donned rain gear and drove to the outskirts of town, down a rutted muddy road.  There were blueberry bushes, 7-feet-tall and drooping with fruit; grape vines strung up on wire; an ancient fig tree growing against the side of the barn.  And, underneath a cluster of massive trees, two flatbed [...]