My name is loofah


This little guy germinated forever before suddenly bursting to life this week. Good friends gave us a loofah sponge and it had a handful…

Sweet secrets


Spring-like weekend weather had both of us racing outdoors for a little yard work. While rotating soil from old container plantings, I discovered a…

Curly fries with apple peeler

Start paring purple


This year marked our first attempt to grow sweet potatoes in containers on the wee homestead, an experiment to determine the smallest amount of…

tomato horn worm pest control

Going medieval on pests


Just found our first horn worms of the year, chowing on our tomato plants. In October. This is the benefit of planting the tomatoes…

Indian sunflower and ants

Falling for spring


Something about yesterday’s soggy, sunny-but-cool day felt like spring to me. And sure enough, when I started tromping through the side yard with a…

Sun-dried tomatoes

High and dry


Sun-dried tomatoes are my new favorite thing. The tomato seedlings got a late start, thanks to that wonderful but ill-timed trip to the Grand…



Too much rain + partly shady garden site = sad garlic. Not a total failure, but definitely not the harvest we were hoping for….

Your moment of zen


What better way to enjoy Hump Day than with a wee stroll through the veg? Our garden got a late start this spring, thanks…