Progress in the Garden

Food & Drink, Kitchen Gardening, Nature, Photography

Between the voluminous rain and weather warm-up, the garden is going gangbusters. Flowers abound, promising future fruit.

Eggplant

Eggplant

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Fighting the Good Fight for Chickens

Current Affairs, Livestock

I’ve mentioned our little flock of hens before, but have I mentioned that they are actually forbidden in our neighborhood? We only got ours when it appeared a vote to change the rules was a done deal, but we became renegade chicken-keepers when it failed to pass. I’m not all that proud of the decision, but we chose to keep them and keep them as hidden as possible.

But it didn’t work. Though some of my neighbors have been keeping chickens for years and years with no troubles, someone apparently saw ours and complained to the property owners’ association (POA). Now, we’re having to relocate our chickens — hopefully temporarily — but simultaneously I’m waging a battle to get our neighborhood restrictions changed.

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How I made my drip irrigation system “smart” and automatic

Kitchen Gardening, Nature

garden-irrigation-planThough this site mostly chronicles my adventures in the natural domain, astute readers may have guessed what a tech dork I actually am. If you haven’t, you’ll be certain after this post.

In my work life, I’m online all the time and I’ve seen software developers make great strides recently toward automating formerly mundane tasks. For example, when someone fills out a form online, I used to be emailed the output and that’s all. Now I can have it auto-imported into a contact management database and sent to a spreadsheet at the same time, so I can sort it, update it and refer to it super easily. Previously, this would have required me to do data entry in a variety of different places — and each time there was the potential for me to make an error.

Of course, I’m eager to apply these time-saving shortcuts in my non-work life, as well. Hence, the project I’ll outline here. [click to read on…]

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Return of Flowering (and Fruiting) Friday — the Garden Edition

Free Ranging Fridays, Kitchen Gardening, Nature

blackberry

It’s only taken 3 years (gardening means patience, remember?), but, at last, our Darrow blackberry vines are bursting into flower. When we planted them originally, they were bare-root and nearly bare-leaf tiny little things. I think we got one blackberry last year, but things are really showing promise now. [click to read on…]

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Spring in Central Texas

Austin, Photography

All photos by my hubby, who caught all this action on Easter morning.

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Hope Springs Eternal

Kitchen Gardening, Nature

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It’s been a while, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on my kitchen garden dreams. I’ve just gotten quieter about them, since certain issues (chickens! dogs! deer!) kept getting in the way of my ambitions.

I feel a sense of deja vu as I write this, but, at last, finally, for real this time, I think I’ve gotten all the pieces in place for serious success. (Until something else comes along, of course. But let’s look at this as a series of learning experiences, okay?) [click to read on…]

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