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 d├ęcor. I broke in my dehydrator by drying some cherry tomatoes. It took FOREVER (more than 24Continue reading “Drink in the wild air”

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 haveContinue reading “Summer Harvest”

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 5Continue reading “The demise of Frankenshrub”

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. NeedlessContinue reading “Self propelled flowers”

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 wasContinue reading “0% chance of vampires”

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.Continue reading “Choose your suffering”

As spring fades into summer

Today is the first day I’ve been out to work in the yard in over a week. Last Saturday was my birthday, so I took the day off from working outside. (Even though the weather was perfect!) I took my morning coffee out on our screened-in porch, listened to the birds, and played my wordContinue reading “As spring fades into summer”

Where the Cottonwood Blows

It’s that joyous time of year when downy cottonwood seeds float through the air. And then they land. And cover everything. We actually had big clumps of them all over the yard. They got in our clothes, our shoes, Blitz’s fur … Thankfully, I’m not seeing quite so many this week (she writes, as sheContinue reading “Where the Cottonwood Blows”

Movin’ to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches

Fun fact: One of my childhood nicknames was Peaches. Though I honestly don’t know why. OK, so this peach tree is actually pretty small, and I don’t think 10 peaches are even developing on it at the moment. But I’m delighted to see that I will have peaches this year, provided nothing happens to themContinue reading “Movin’ to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches”