Author: Karyn E. Johnson

  • Product love!

    I’ve been meaning to write a post for some time about products I love for yardwork and gardening. I just haven’t gotten around to it until now. Note: I am not being paid to promote any of these products. I just happen to love them. Clothing/Accessories Women’s Heirloom Gardening Overalls from Duluth Trading Co.: I […]

  • Fledged! And an update on fruit production

    At our last house, we had robins and mourning doves nesting in our yard every year. It was fun to watch, especially after the babies hatched. Of course, we’re on a much larger property now. And I see bird nests all over the place. But none of them were in a good place for observation. […]

  • The time I got someone fired

    I have no idea what triggered this memory for me today. Perhaps it’s because it was around this time 15 years ago that my husband and I went on a Baltic cruise (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Poland, and Russia). Our time living abroad was coming to a close, and this was one of our last […]

  • Drink in the wild air

    It’s still very much summer, but I can see that fall is around the corner just by the changes in our yard. I am already harvesting ornamental gourds, for one thing. I am growing those specifically for fall décor. I broke in my dehydrator by drying some cherry tomatoes. It took FOREVER (more than 24 […]

  • Our new addition

    “For never was a story of less woe than this of Karyn and her Broomeo.”* Shakespeare, probably On Saturday, my husband and I were watching a video on YouTube of curious otters reacting to a Roomba. I mentioned how I’ve longed for a Roomba for years, though I don’t think this was exactly news. I’ve […]

  • Summer Harvest

    We’ve been here for nearly 7 months now — more than half a year — and while I’ve learned so much already, there is still much more to learn. Meanwhile, we are discussing what projects we need to do once growing season winds down. My main focus right now is the summer harvest. I have […]

  • The demise of Frankenshrub

    My readership has been growing at a steady pace, so I want to thank everyone who recently followed me and those of you who have been following me for some time. Last week was super frustrating. Between fireworks and thunderstorms, poor Blitz spent a lot of the week quaking in terror. We got over 5 […]

  • Self propelled flowers

    I mentioned in my last post that I was making garlic powder. Well, it was a successful experiment in that garlic powder was the end result. However, all that work peeling garlic (7 or 8 heads) and the hours spent drying it in the oven only yielded half a spice jar of garlic powder. Needless […]

  • 0% chance of vampires

    I hate growing garlic. Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of garlic. But I find fresh garlic to be extremely tedious, so I always just use garlic powder and jarred minced garlic. Of course, I had an entire bed of nothing but garlic this year. Garlic that I didn’t plant. But it was […]

  • Choose your suffering

    I’ll admit it: there are days (many, in fact) when I am tempted to just bulldoze our five acres and start over from scratch. A clean slate. Strip the turf grass. Burn the weeds. Start from bare earth. (The trees can stay, though, except for the ones that are obviously dead.) But it wouldn’t matter. […]