Archive for July, 2010


Sunday, July 25th, 2010

According to my spreadsheet, that’s what I netted out of the garden this weekend with the last of the potatoes, another 1 1/2 pounds of basil, and my first five little cucumbers.

No pain, no gain

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I spent about 3 and a half hours reacquainting myself with my pitchfork and shovel today. 100 degrees in the shade, heat index of 105, thank you very much (I am woman, hear me sweat) so I’m amazed I got anything done at all, much less was able to drag myself back inside afterwards. I […]

Rotten garbage, how I love thee

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I finished my compost screener Thursday night and took it for a test run. Josh tried to take a video but it was too dark, so you’ll have to make do with this: Whee!!! It worked pretty darn well, except for those durn swiveling wheels (Lowe’s didn’t sell any small rigid casters) which were annoying […]

Babies in the garden

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Everything planted on top of Backfill Hill (ie the only spot in the garden with good drainage) has done pretty well so far. All the potatoes were up there, as are some corn and my winter squash: The vines are tumbling down the hill to act as weed suppression, just as I’d hoped. They seem […]

Happy news

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Good news on the bee front from Mr. Beekeeper himself: It actually looks like you’re in pretty good shape.  The brood pattern is a bit spotty, but there is a lot of sealed and unsealed brood.  Bee populations is a touch light but that’s to be expected given the slow start your colony had.  Keep […]

Trouble, honey

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

I’ve known for some time that I wouldn’t be getting any honey this year. Each time I checked on the hive the progress building out comb seemed slower and slower; the bees never even filled out their brood box (their main home), much less made it to the honey super (the extra box on top […]

Let there be nice dirt

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Lately my compost bin has gotten pretty darn full. Combine that with the fact that I’m about to break open one of the last “virgin” beds on my hill of nasty rocky backfill (hey that rhymes – maybe I should name the thing Backfill Hill) and I have great need of some good soil amendment. […]

Outfits for the birthday girl

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Sofía must be the luckiest girl in the world – she got two beautiful tutus for new birthday outfits. I love that little girls can now wear tutus to their hearts’ content – I wish it’d been acceptable when I was growing up, because I would have FLIPPED for one of these! (Come to think […]

Birthday party

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

We held Sofía’s birthday party yesterday and had  a good crowd. Pink and purple balloons bobbed everywhere, lots of kids splashed in the pool, a giant star piñata dangled from the maple tree, kids sipped homemade sparkling lemonade while adults sipped more… adult things, and of course there was cake. A three-layer strawberry cake filled […]

Second try

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Here we go again – despite the deer having eaten all my tomatoes & cukes, the raccoons’ wanton destruction of my corn & squash, the either too-much or too-little water troubles of my bipolar patch of land and my incredibly poor soil, hope springs eternal. 24 beets, turnips, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, & brussels sprouts; 48 […]