“I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.” ~W.H. Hudson, The Book of a Naturalist, 1919 I think a well manicured lawn looks nice, but… Continue reading Lawns
“God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.” ~Author Unknown I’m not sure I’ll get any housework done. There are just too many other things to do today. I am thankful for the rain, though. We haven’t had any for over 2 weeks and although I water my garden daily, a good… Continue reading Rainy Days
I heard today that trace amounts of radiation from Japan has been detected in the rain that recently fell in 17 states from Hawaii to South Carolina. Alabama hasn’t had rain in 2 weeks. So, what happens to our vegetables when they’re rained on by radiation rain? Do I need to turn my garden into… Continue reading Radiation Rain
“An onion can make people cry, but there’s no vegetable that can make them laugh.” – Anonymous I’m trying to debunk this. Any ideas?
I know it wasn’t my dog this time. She hates the stuff. Even covered in salad dressing she won’t touch arugula. So, my blame this time goes to the bunnies who visit my yard daily. Bummer! It was almost ready to start eating…by people. Apparently it was fine to eat by bunnies. We were looking… Continue reading Bunnies ate my Arugula
“For all things produced in a garden, whether of salads or fruits, a poor man will eat better that has one of his own, than a rich man that has none.” – J. C. Loudoun This should be true provided that the garden grows. Last year, mine failed. I blamed it on the oil spill… Continue reading Eating Well
I’m learning this gardening thing; thus the journal. I don’t profess to know it all, although my children still think I do. So when we first started the backyard garden, my husband told me to pick up a sage plant. We use a lot and a lot of fresh dried sage in the fall would… Continue reading Sage, Not A Sage
I walked out to check on my plants this morning. I looked over all of the tomatoes, all of the squash, the cucumbers and peppers; all the herbs. The flowers that we’ll put in the butterfly garden…where are the violas? I had a viola plant sitting in the front row of the potted plants on… Continue reading Violas…Yum!
A sensitive plant in a garden grew, And the young winds fed it with silver dew, And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light, and closed them beneath the kisses of night. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant,” 1820
I was snapping green beans for dinner last night and between snapping and nibbling on the crunchy goodness I starting thinking of my garden and looking forward to harvesting my beans. Oh, wait! I didn’t plant any. My garden is so small I wondered how much I could realistically fit in it. I eliminated the… Continue reading Green Beans