The Art of Noticing & A Wild Cherry Spritzer

For three years now I’ve been walking the dog on the same path through the woods.

For three years we have walked through a litter of leaf and pine-straw, the seasons melting together like butter; the chorus of frogs in summer, the hushed early-darkness of winter.

And for three years I haven’t really noticed the woods, not [...]

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 [...]

A Story About a Goose & Also A Blueberry Sauce

I have a recipe for a raw blueberry sauce to tell you about (so simple & fresh; similar to this) but first I have to tell you about a goose, since it’s because of the goose that we became the lucky recipients of a gallon(!) of freshly-picked blueberries.

One of our friends lives in Lake Waccamaw.  [...]

What We Have

I am watching a tropical storm out the window as I write this (or, tropical storm-ish: the outer bands of Hurricane Arthur).  The trees heave and yaw, their leaves peel back to reveal silvered underbellies.  The wind comes in heavy gusts, but sometimes not at all; likewise the rain: sometimes it falls in sheets, sometimes [...]

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: 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 [...]

What it Really Feels Like

You Learn to Layer

Last night I draped two layers of row covers over my arugula to (hopefully) keep them from biting the dust.  They all looked terrible after the first ‘Arctic Blast’; most of them were starting to perk up again & grow tender new leaves, but some of them had withered and died completely.

When I got back [...]

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 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 [...]