Garden

Pregaming in the Garden with Some Almost Butterflies

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Did I ever tell you about that time I was picking a half-million serrano peppers a few summers ago and I’d spied a reddish-brown “pepper” (airquote spoiler!) that had fallen off the bush, got caught on the vertical support net, and was hanging there… “drying.” I pulled it off the net but before I could [...]

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Garden Fridays: Double the Fun!

Roma Tomatoes

How does your garden grow? It has been a month since I planted too-early-but-not-really and had to start all over again. Since then, all kinds of great things have happened in the backyard. And they mostly fall under the “I haven’t killed it yet” category. The really big thing, according to my inner 72-year-old? If [...]

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Garden Fridays: Garden 2.0 (Already)

It’s a good thing the growing season here in Texas is so long. Because I get to start aaaaaalllll over this year. And I’m still pretty bitter about it. Two weekends ago, we’re standing along a mountain bike course west of Austin, bellies full of Kerbey Queso, and pretty excited about the day ahead. My [...]

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I’m gonna need a bigger backyard.

Garden

I’ve gotten really good at cramming too much stuff into too little a space, having had to lay on the bed to get my jeans to zip for the last couple of weeks. But even then, I’m hardly a miracle worker. And I’ve completely maxed out my 8×4 raised garden bed. The carrots and non-tomato-bug-repelling [...]

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FINALLY.

White Peach tree in bloom

Guess what time it is?! Squueeeee! I seriously thought we were going to be stuck in some &^%$#-weather Groundhog-Day loop forever. But finally a break. THE break. I’ve been busy ripping out weeds, pollinating peach blossoms by hand, ripping out more weeds, getting ready for the new gardening season. I’ve gardened with those four 4×4 [...]

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Garden Fridays: The “Brown & Crispy” Edition

Black Beauty Eggplant

Please lower your head in a moment of silence for: 2 blueberry bushes [sob] 1 San Marzano tomato 1 Juliet tomato 16 green bean bushes 20+ strawberry plants [sob] 2 pots of basil And may your prayers or good thoughts be sent to the grapefruit tree, you know – the one with more grapefruit (12) [...]

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Garden Fridays: Figs and a Reboot

Fresh figs, honey, and brie

It’s mid July and that means two things: it’s seventh-circle-of-hell hot and it’s time for Garden 2.0! The most wonderful things to come out of the garden this last month were the figs. No question. We got our first real crop from our small fig tree and it was fabulous. This happened more than once: [...]

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Hello, Summer!

Cantaloupe

We spent the last 8 days on the funnest, most awesome vacation we’ve ever taken. Eating Mickey Mouse-shaped Ice Cream Sandwiches like it was my job (and it kinda was), princess-ing all the things, princessing them some more, and riding roller coasters. 13 family members under one large roof. And there wasn’t a single argument, [...]

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