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Garden Fridays: I Hate Squirrels

SERIOUSLY. Do squirrels actually serve a purpose in the circle of life? Other than to eat my strawberries, destroy my tomatoes, and steal my bluberries? Those little bastards are roaches with fur and one day I’ll invent a motion-activated flame thrower to teach them a lesson. One day. How are your gardens growing? We’ll start [...]

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Garden Fridays: Now With Mystery Tomatoes

How are your gardens doing? That’s most of the “overage” from the spring garden: I’m still heavy 3 tomatillos, 3 cantaloupe, 3 yellow bell peppers, and 6 mystery tomatoes that could be a: Beefsteak Yellow Pear Sweet cherry red Red grape San Marzano The mystery tomatoes sprouted in the beds. And based on their locations, [...]

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Garden Fridays: Sort of.

White Peaches

I mean, it’s Friday. And I took pictures of my garden, like I do every week… But damn. What a week. Kinda makes pictures of half-grown vegetables pretty silly, huh? But that’s what we do on Fridays – I pull never-ending weeds from the strawberry bed while Landry eats the strawberries. And then I take [...]

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Garden Fridays: How to Almost Kill a Pomegranate Tree

Pomegranate

Are you guys still shoveling snow? I lit the fireplace yesterday evening. In April. In Texas. So weird. Our garden is completely confused by the weather, too. This is our third spring with that pomegranate tree. And the fact that it’s still alive means that it’s either one hardy plant or that a higher power [...]

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Garden Fridays: Now with room for more citrus!

Garden

That was where the red plum tree stood until last weekend. I pollinated every single bloom by hand that I could reach (I think I counted ~20 baby plums already), and then we dug it up and gave it away. Because space is limited back there and we decided that we really wanted another citrus [...]

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It’s going to be 78 degrees today (!!)

Bees and Blueberries

And it will be 40 tomorrow night. Typical. But then we’ll be done with “winter” weather and it’s all dinner on the patio and backyard strawberries from here until August when the oppressive heat sets in and I wonder why the heck we stayed in Texas when we could have lived somewhere not as Seventh-Circle-of-Hell [...]

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Garden Thursday: RIP Avocado Tree

Green Bean Seedling

Last weekend, I spent a little quality time in the backyard, de”winter”izing the garden. Because it was 80+ outside and minus one more late season cold snap that I know is coming, Texas is surely finished with “winter.” But in true Texas fashion, that last cold snap will be during Spring Break. (Sorry, kids.) Our [...]

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Garden Fridays: Citrus Pre-Season

Rio Star Grapefruit

Citrus season, it’s just around the corner! Here in Texas, you can already see the first influx of grapefruits from the Rio Grande Valley… and the fruit on our back patio have the first signs of blush. This is the first year our young Rio Star has put out grapefruit. Margaritas are imminent. The Key [...]

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