Archive for August, 2010

Good Lord I am tired

Friday, August 27th, 2010

This is how far I got on the shed excavation yesterday: And this is how I left it this afternoon: I had brought down a whole wheelbarrowload of tools because I thought I was about ready to just dig post holes and start building, but no. I had to keep going back and fixing stuff. […]

Houston, we have tomatoes

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The deer seem to have stopped bothering most of my tomatoes for the last couple months. Ever since, in fact, I put up cages around a few of them. Maybe the deer accidentally bit into the wire a few times and didn’t like the taste of aluminum? Whatever the magic was, I hope it lasts […]

Let the shedding begin

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Remember back when I said I was going to be building a tool shed in the garden? Well, the excavation has begun. This is how far I got in two hours: four wheelbarrowloads of dirt. I am saving all the round stones I find – and there are a lot of them – to line […]

Working girl

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Guess who I caught in the nesting box yesterday morning? Jopari! When I put my hand in, she lifted right up to show me what she’d left us: (That other lump under the straw is a round stone, to give the hens the right idea). I love Bossy for her sassy personality, but I think […]


Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Begone bugs

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Back when I posted “Garden Despair“, I was really freaking out about all those bugs. And can you blame me? I mean, they were legion and I was one, and I had never had to deal with an invasion on that scale. In past years I’ve just planted enough to share with everyone, and never […]

Bean salad

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I had already started my kidney beans soaking for bean salad when I learned there was a pressure cooker/canner up for grabs in my neighborhood (more on that later), so at one in the morning – because I never sleep – I went ahead and made the pickled bean salad I’d planned on. One pound […]

Today’s loot

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Here’s the harvest from today’s morning trip out to gather eggs (two today!). Two 5-pound watermelons, one 5-pound Marina di Chioggia winter squash, one two-pound butternut, and of course our own egg. (The second egg came later, so it’s not shown.) I wouldn’t have harvested the butternut or Chioggia quite yet, but vine borers got […]


Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Just went out to the garden – temps in the low 80s this week, what a relief! – and did a whole bunch of weeding in the tomatoes. As I was crawling around on my hands and knees, guess what I found? The beans are ready for harvest! Three pounds of green beans, one of […]


Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Recently a friend dear to my heart asked me how I made my own mozzarella. After demonstrating it to a bunch of gals from my local mom’s club, and even getting my mother-in-law hooked and set up with her own starter kit, maybe it’s time I posted a how-to for everyone. It’s really very simple, […]