Category Archives: WEEDS, WORRIES, WONDERS

A Digression About Organics

Written on December 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm, by

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates Winter is clearly the time when we rest from the physical garden pursuits.  We can leisurely think about the season that has passed and plan for the upcoming one.  Our diets naturally change with the cold weather and the slower pace.  It’s a holiday […]

Wrapping Up The Season

Written on November 20, 2014 at 10:50 am, by

 “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all”– Stanley Horowitz It’s been a great gardening season this year with plenty of rainfall and relatively few pest pressures.  For those of us that preserve food with canning, drying, freezing and fermenting, it’s very satisfying to have […]

Fall Cleanup/Planting Garlic

Written on October 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm, by

“No cook who has attained mastery over her craft ever apologizes for the presence of garlic in her productions.”  Ruth Gottfried, ‘The Questing Cook’ Fall has arrived with its cool temps and shorter days.  For many people, the tomato season was cut short by the excessive moisture leading to fungal problems commonly called “blight”.  Still, […]

Cooking with Fresh Foods

Written on August 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm, by

“My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.”  Brenda Schoepp, Pinterest My how things have changed from the time mentioned in the quote above!  Used to be most people ate at […]

Water Conservation

Written on July 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm, by

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance. ~Jane Austen We have gotten a few days of hot summer already and we know more is coming.  Seems like a good time to talk about water conservation in our gardens. First, a little botany.  No matter how fertile the […]

Vertical Gardening

Written on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 am, by

“Gardening, it’s a lifelong sport!”  A new phrase I am coining–use it with total abandon! Without a doubt,  vegetable gardening requires significant effort.  Most of the plants are annuals so every year you start afresh:  soils need to be prepped, seedlings grown or bought and carefully nurtured,  weeks of weeding, watering, dealing with bugs, harvesting […]

Direct Sowing

Written on April 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm, by

 “If you can sit on the ground with your trousers down, it’s safe to sow your seed.” Folk saying. There is always a warm day in April,  a week or two after the last frost, when I excitedly realize,  “Today I can plant all my early crops!” and, when that inevitably doesn’t happen,  I begin […]

Community Gardening & Starting Seedlings

Written on March 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm, by

Each spring…a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.” — Lewis Ganttner My first significant garden experience was at a community garden site in Austin, Texas.  A friend was interested in growing the ingredients for homemade salsa.  […]

Concepts in Garden Planning

Written on February 13, 2014 at 11:17 pm, by

The gardener is in fact a wilderness advocate of a certain kind. It is when he respects and nurtures the wilderness of his soil and his plants that his garden seems to flourish most. Wildness, he has found, resides not only out there, but right here: in his soil, in his plants, even in himself.― […]

Gardening With Children

Written on January 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm, by

To this day I cannot see a bright daffodil, a proud gladiola, or a smooth eggplant without thinking of Papa. Like his plants and trees, I grew up as a part of his garden. ~Leo Buscaglia Wintertime is a great time for reflection, for buying seed, for enjoying the canned and frozen goods from the […]