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 [...]
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 [...]
There have been some (unintentional) dietary changes around here of late.
I’ve recently discovered that I may be lactose intolerant, or at the very least half-and-half-in-my-coffee-intolerant. I’ve dealt with this stoically and with coconut milk, and by pretending that this intolerance does not also extend to cheese and ice cream. I wasn’t a huge dairy-eater to [...]
The neighbor lost his dog the other day.
And then we noticed a new fellow hanging out in the marsh, who sometimes makes loud noises that sound like an outboard motor trying to start:
“Hey, so do you think I should call the neighbor and tell him I found his dog?” I asked [...]
Every spring a sparrow nests in the eaves of the porch.
She arrives at the end of April, like clockwork.
She uses whatever’s left of last year’s nest, fluffing it up with a little more grass, a bit of moss, a tuft of something-or-other scavenged from the yard.
And then she sits. And waits.
In the mornings I take [...]
It is about this time of year that I notice them—the wild greens. I see them in highway medians, in fallow fields and front lawns, distinguishable only from other weeds only by the clustered spikes of yellow flowers swaying gently.
Where I used to work, at a non-profit, many of the families we worked with were [...]
Andy went out of town for the weekend. Three days he was gone, and in that time I started talking to the dog; tried to rescue an injured feral cat that clearly did not want to be rescued despite his piteous yowling & three-legged hobbling; and I tried to make friends with the crows by [...]
It is late fall.
A couple of weeks ago we had our first hard freeze, which came earlier than last year’s but later than, on average, it’s supposed to.
Just before the freeze the tuberose bloomed, an eye-level flower spike of dusty pink and nearly sickly-sweet blooms.
The ginger lilies bloomed, too, and late one evening when we [...]
If there’s one thing that’s sorely lacking on food blogs these days, it’s poop.
I should know, because I bet I haven’t mentioned poop here in at least a week, maybe two.
Although technically what I’m talking about today is referred to as ‘scat,’ but unfortunately ‘scat’ is not as much fun to say as ‘poop.’
I haven’t been sharing much with you about my garden this summer. And that’s because it was just terrible, and it makes me sad whenever I think about how terrible it was so I try not to think about it.
Garden? What garden?
It started out promising: summer squashes, a handful of currant tomatoes, a couple of [...]