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Cicada Summer 2016

 

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It is happening now-the Cicada Summer. This is a picture of some shed skins on a maple leaf along our drive. I won’t go into detail here, as there are plenty of sites on the internet that cover this phenomena. Here’s a pretty good link. We are covered by Brood V which appears … More

Small Batch Canning-Spicy Pickles

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The other day, I gave you the laundry list of all of the things I need to get done. It turns out that the garden is producing one thing-cucumbers. And cucumbers wait for no woman. If you want crisp, tasty pickles you have to can them at their peak-whether you are at your peak-or not. … More

Poor Sunflowers!

 

Poor Sunflowers!
Poor Sunflowers!

Helianthus-the sunflower. So named because it means -duh- sun and flower in Greek. The sunflower is most noted for the fact that the flower heads track the sun as it moves across the sky, tilting their heads so that their faces always face the sun. It is called heliotropism. You will … More

Straw Bale Garden #3

 

Straw Bale Garden
Straw Bale Garden

We are having one wet, wet, summer! The weatherman said that if we didn’t have any more rain in the months of July and August-we would still be above average! And since we have already had 4 more inches as measured by my very own rain gauge since July1st, we are … More

Hummingbird Love

 

Hummingbird Love
Hummingbird Love

We are not professional photographers. I just need to say that right out front, because these pictures are not National Geographic contenders. But they are quite amazing to us.

Hummingbirds The Approach
Hummingbirds
The Approach

As we are on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, we only see one  variety of hummingbirds-the Ruby Throated.… More

Earth Box Garden

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EarthBox Garden

We have had a collection of EarthBoxes for over 10 years. Back in New York, we kept 15 of them on a deck raised 8 feet in the air-out our back door. The deer problem was so fierce there for a few years, that no fences deterred  those deer from my lettuce, peas … More

Straw Bale Garden Update #1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have had a spate of unseasonably warm weather in the Straw Bale Garden. We now have 18 straw bales in various states of conditioning. I planted some snap peas and Chinese cabbage seed in an inch of refined potting soil on the top of a few of the bales. I also put out some … More

The Straw Bale Garden Experiment

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Have you ever made a really big mistake, then compounded it by making yet another, even bigger mistake?

Gather around children and I will tell you about the time Mrs. Pickles (that’s me) really, really made her life more difficult.

Back here in the woods we have limited direct sunlight and clay soil full of … More

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