Archive for May, 2011

Beautiful strawberries

Monday, May 30th, 2011

We continue to get pounds of strawberries each day, though the end of the harvest is in sight! I’ve been using the dehydrator and this batch became three dinner-plate-sized strips of unsweetened fruit leather. It came out more thin and crispy than leathery, really, but Sofía seems to like it a whole lot! Today’s batch… […]

Down with the inner hillbilly

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

So I’ve only had my chicken tractor for about 3 months. I do know that’s hardly “old” or “ready for a makeover”. But let’s face it folks, it looked pretty darn ghetto. Sagging wire + irrigation piping + flapping blue tarp is hardly the cutting-edge of chic lawn furniture. The irritation/embarrassment finally hit me, and […]

Canning season has begun

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I’ve done a bunch of stuff with the strawberries – strawberry shortcakes, strawberry fruit leather, strawberry jello, and some dried strawberry slices. But what spring would be complete without strawberry jam? The best thing is that I actually got just enough rhubarb from the garden to make this a batch of strawberry-rhubarb jam – my […]


Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The garden is so lush and productive this Spring. I’ve never been able to grow carrots before, but look! Short little things (the ones I harvested today were bigger) but oh, so flavorful. We’ve had carrots with dinner twice now. It is so satisfying to provide food for my family, you know? These were overwintered, […]

Berries, berries, everywhere!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The strawberries are going nuts! We’ve been getting 2-3 pounds off them every single day for a week now. According to my spreadsheet they’ve netted us about $45…. plus a lot of happiness!


Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The other day was gorgeous. Far too beautiful to pass up working in the garden… but without my compost delivery, I had no planting work to do. The onions were fertilized, the grapes trellises were installed…. what’s a gardener girl to do? Then I realized I’d never done anything with that big pile of antique […]


Friday, May 20th, 2011

The fruits on the trees were getting bigger and bigger – some of the peaches were already starting to get a bit of a blush on them! So it was time to bite the bullet and say goodbye to the possibility of fruit this year. It was pretty brutal, thinking about all the fruit that […]

Prepping for pool parties

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

When we moved into this house, the beds around the pool were overgrown with ivy. That first winter I was so gung-ho about gardening around the pool that I went out and killed all the ivy as soon as I could. Problem is, I didn’t realize that the ivy was hiding a deep layer of […]

She’s learning to write!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

With three days of thunderstorms in a row, we have to get creative with our indoor spaces. Ever since I cleared out the garage, Sofía like to go out there to ride her trike and draw with chalk. And then last time she drew letters instead of scribbles! She knew what she was doing, too. […]

Strawberry season

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

I don’t know why on earth the strawberries are as happy as they are. I forgot to fertilize them last Fall, but despite my neglect they are just loaded. We’ve been eating them here and there whenever we go out. Don’t tell the Mom Police, but in fact they’re a great “babysitter” while I wheel […]