First Sprouts of Garlic!

Sprouts of Chinese Pink, a Turban variety of garlicRussian Giant Garlic SproutsGreat news! Garlic is up all over the garden and it is looking strong! Of course, we would expect a good showing on the Chinese Pink, a Turban variety, known for maturing early. This is our first year for growing this particular variety, and we are looking forward to it being ready early in the season, right about the time when we are ready to trade our first-born children for fresh garlic.… Read more

Death by Garlic, Revived by Kale

Not a reflection - it's the willow tree, reaching for the blue sky

Not a reflection - it's the corkscrew willow tree, reaching for the blue sky in winter

Helllooo February! What a stretch of great weather we’ve had! If the groundhog saw his shadow, it was only because he wasn’t facing the sun!… Read more

How to Prune an Old Apple Tree

AKA: Rescuing the Old, the Warped, and the Neglected in Your Orchard (we’re talking about fruit trees here)

This old apple tree obviously needs pruning

Ok. I admit to having a certain level of pruning phobia. Cutting is just so drastic. So life-changing. So controlling. There is so much potential to do wrong.… Read more

Reflections, Resolutions, and to All a Good Night

In a dewdrop, the universe

Holiday lights - in a dewdrop, the universe! The magic is all around us if we look for it!

Let’s see. In my last post, I was devising a strategy on how to finish a long list of handmade gifts, which in reality, became a countdown to chaos.… Read more

Handmade Christmas Gift Strategy

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"Smiling Girls Give a Man a Handmade Felt Boutonniere as a Gift," by Volkmar K. Wentzel. Look how they are all smiling and laughing! He loves it!

It’s the countdown to Christmas. Is there any other holiday that gives us a running score of how many days we have left?… Read more

What to Do with a Phat Jack

Rising Phat Jack PumpkinMy daughter took one look at the Phat Jack and said, “They’re kind of like husbands. Nice to have around, but then what do you do with them?”

I’ll have to think about that one. Seriously, though, what do you do with the Great Pumpkin after Halloween has come and gone?… Read more

A Somewhat Unconventional Garlic Garden

After rescuing my website yesterday after near heart failure that I had wiped out everything, I had to get outside (note to website folks: the theme Atahualpa is a fantastic theme – and I love it – but it does not mesh well with WP e-Commerce, which apparently has issues under certain conditions).… Read more

A Memorial Garden Sanctuary

rosemary shrub over our mother's gravesite

We buried our mother's ashes beneath the rosemary. Lambchop, Argus, Griffin, Molly, and Lupine are near her side.

We planted my mother with the dogs in the pet cemetery. It’s true. She would have wanted it that way, right next to her best friend, little Lambchop.… Read more

Permaculture: What is it? How do you do it? And how do you save the world?

There is a 2-acre garden in Vietnam that has been providing all the needs for a family for – get this – 28 generations. We’re talking about a 300 year-old food forest. The owners are in their 80s. They look agile, fit, intelligent – relaxed.… Read more