Kitchen Gardening

Hope, Hope, Hope, Hope…

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I almost hesitate to say it, for fear of jinxing it somehow, but this has absolutely been my most successful year in the garden thus far. Who knew how much difference a fence, dogs keeping deer away and two additional raised beds would make? Well, I did, of course, and now I have no one [...]

Progress in the Garden

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Between the voluminous rain and weather warm-up, the garden is going gangbusters. Flowers abound, promising future fruit. And tomatoes and blackberries are coming along nicely. These are normal-sized tomatoes, but we also have cherries.

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

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Though 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. [...]

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

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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. This flourishing has inspired me so [...]

Hope Springs Eternal

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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, [...]

Wildflower Spring

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Yesterday afternoon brought just the latest in a series of powerful thunderstorms that have blown through our area in recent weeks. Even with the power flickering on and off and the weather radio siren blaring on the other side of the house, it was impossible to ignore the view-blurring intensity of the rain coming down. [...]

The Unkept Garden

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This year, I've been hemming and hawing about my spring garden, mostly lamenting that I didn't start seeds weeks and weeks ago. "Is it worth starting now?," I've been asking myself. "Maybe I'll just give spring gardening a miss this year." My cousin messaged me on Facebook on the 16th, saying he'd put out tomato plants that [...]

Summer’s Tomatoes, In October

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I had nearly given up on having tomatoes at all this year -- they kept getting munched -- but the fall cool-down is making for tomato heaven. It's cool enough for flowering and pollination, but not cold enough to freeze them. Long may it last! Those purple blossoms are eggplant blooms. So far nothing has [...]

Ode To The Egg

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I wandered out to the chicken coop yesterday afternoon to make a cursory inspection of the shelter and its environs, and, when I opened up the top, I wasn't too surprised to see two eggs -- one in each of the top two nest boxes. We had put the pretend eggs into the nest boxes [...]

The Edge Of Autumn

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Yesterday, temps were in the 90s, but all afternoon, we heard the howling of the wind. It's probably the way our house is situated, or maybe the metal roof, but when the wind comes through, it sounds super intense and can be a little frightening. Considering how hot it's been lately, though, we welcomed the [...]

The Summertime Garden Update

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It's been a bit of a crazy time around the homestead, where we're just living from day to day and trying to get through our existing commitments, rather than taking on new and exciting things. I've been taking care of the garden as best I can (despite predation incidents); I'm still baking bread weekly or [...]

Summertime Means Watermelons

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This year, we must have done something right, watermelon-wise, because they are sprawling everywhere, snatching onto every available hold with their super-strong tendrils. A good portion of the plants have overgrown the raised beds, which means I have to watch my step, lest I step on something like that pictured above. And below. It's like [...]

The Days Of Flourishing

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Things are looking very promising in the garden, though I keep feeling like I'm behind, somehow. Perhaps it's because my tomato plants sat in containers growing root-bound for a seemingly interminable amount of time, while we got things (somewhat) together for raised bed #2. But, as soon as the tomatoes, and everything else, went into [...]

Spring In The Sanctuary

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Up in New York, we kept our eyes peeled for the first daffodils, or tulips, or forsythia (I love that word). But, in this part of the country, there's one sure sign of spring. This time of year, you'll see cars pulled over and photos being taken at fields abundant with bluebonnets -- Texas' state [...]