Clearing the Drainage Ditch, Part 2

October 16, 2015

It’s going. I do about three wheelbarrows full of rocks about four times a week. That’s about two feet at a stretch.    Definite progress from last time! I’m doing chop-and-drop with the plants that have grown it over, and using them as mulch. That hillside could use a lot of mulch … heck, it […]

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[Garden] Drainage Ditch Clearout, Part 1

September 18, 2015

I spent yesterday acquiring a wheelbarrow with the help of my buddy John. Thanks, John! It’s a good thing I did. Y’see, we have this great backyard, with an enormous slope, and the nice folks who built our property installed a drainage ditch near its base. I wish I could say it was a swale, […]

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Just a quick thing …

July 23, 2015

African blue basil. Gorgeous flowers, bees love it to pieces. It’s fuzzy so you don’t really want to eat it raw unless you shred it finely. It’s “herbier”, for lack of a better word, than regular basil. Maybe a touch more medicinal. Been growing like crazy in my yard. This little bouquet is under a […]

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And you may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?”

August 1, 2012

This is my current garden, such as it is. Kind of a far cry from the old house, but you make do with what you have. And I’m not allowed to get any more plants just now, or I won’t be able to get into/out of the storage closet and the hot water heater closet. […]

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Garden Update

September 3, 2011

Where has the summer gone? I lost it in a whirlwind of conventions and work, which led to me messing up my left shoulder and left hand, and deciding that I really needed to re-evaluate how I was spending my time. One of the things that I’ve decided to do is pitch the standard “work […]

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Things I’ve Learned About Boysenberries

May 30, 2011

In January 2010, I planted, on the advice of my nursery-man, four little sticks. In the intervening year and a half, I’ve learned a reasonable amount about said little sticks, and I’m going to share it now. (: I am pretty sure that ‘long around September I’m going to have an addendum to this post […]

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Offered without further comment: today’s post-rain harvest

May 17, 2011
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Garden: Looking forward to 2011

January 1, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my garden. Part of that is that by mid-autumn, a summer garden is not much to look at — leggy and straggly and browning. We got a couple of the veggie boxes set up before the massive amounts of rain hit, but we didn’t schedule everything quite […]

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Getting to the Root of the Problem

September 18, 2010
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Uncle Pasto and I are in the process of trying to get the garden rearranged for fall and winter. This is kind of … well, it’s complicated, because neither of us are experienced with turning over the garden for a new season. So it’s all kind of an experiment. Right now, we’re still getting plenty […]

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And this is why I cancelled my CSA.

September 11, 2010
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From left to right: a mountain of basil, a bowl of onions, a mountain of lemon cucumbers, three zucchini and a patty pan squash, a couple of “Hottie” peppers,  a fairytale eggplant, a handful of green beans, a pile of 4th of July tomatoes, a few Rainbow Blend tomatoes (one’s green and will go on […]

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