Posts tagged "garden"
Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Even when the weather was fair, the same gray landscape greeted me on the way to the barn each morning. Then one day a purple crocus was sticking up where there was only brown grass the day before. The signs of spring were late, but unmistakable. At the beginning of April, the grass was starting...
Small Orchard

Small Orchard

The American Primitive style of painting has been around at least since the 13 original colonies. Several paintings of this style include idyllic farms with a house, a barn, livestock, tilled fields and an orchard. The Primitive or Naive style was originally practiced by artists with little or no training, rather coincidental given that my gardening...
Spring 2013

Spring 2013

The start of spring depends on who you ask. February 2nd, when groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, his handlers declared an early spring. By March 1st, and a few consecutive days with spring-like temperatures, Melanie declared the beginning of spring. There was no use pointing out the official beginning of spring – the...
Kitchen Garden 2013

Kitchen Garden 2013

Mid-March – The official beginning of spring is almost here. There are a few preparations not yet done. Too late really. Compost should have been added sooner, so it has more time to break-down. I’m anxious to get the garden started, so I add it anyway and till it into all the vegetable beds. Mid-April...
Sweet Potato Epilogue

Sweet Potato Epilogue

What do you do with a sweet potato surplus?  Certainly share them with friends and neighbors, explore new recipes for preparing them…could even sell some.  But an imaginative person would find a way to do something worthy. My wife Melanie came up with an idea – sell raffle tickets to win sweet potatoes.  That’ s...
Sweet Potato Harvest

Sweet Potato Harvest

Ah, the sweet potato harvest again.  Since starting my garden (2008), I’ve tried growing several kinds of vegetables and fruit, with mixed success.  But sweet potatoes have been my fail-safe staple crop.  And this vegetable is one of the most nutritious things you can eat. The sweet potato is a source of complex carbohydrates and...
Summer Vacation 2011

Summer Vacation 2011

This year, my to-do list is benefiting from an extraordinarily long summer vacation…fortuitous, since the list of things to do is also extraordinarily long.  I spent a couple of leisurely days editing, reviewing and prioritizing my list.  Then it was time to plan and execute item one – the garden fence. A few searches on...