Archive for June, 2011

Manure is magic

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I’ve always believed in the power of compost, pretty nearly to the exclusion of other types of fertilizer. I’ll use fish emulsion from time to time, and I’ll use organic fertilizers around perennials, but til now simple compost has been my go-to for soil amendment. Well, no longer. Not now that I’ve seen what manure […]


Thursday, June 16th, 2011

I have a shameful little gardening secret – to my deep, deep shame, I have never been able to grow zucchini. The one plant everyone complains about being too prolific, about being the perfect beginner’s plant, always dies on me. When mediocre gardeners around me are giving away armloads of summer squash, I’m standing frustrated […]

Chicken pox

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

My poor chickens. They just can’t catch a break. First I uproot them from their chicken coop, then I introduce them to three new sisters. Then I drop a terrorist bully* into their pen. Then they catch chicken pox. OK, it’s not really called chicken pox, it’s called avian or fowl pox. It’s spread through […]


Monday, June 13th, 2011

It’s a good thing I planted the cucurbits and other water-lovers down in the swampy area this year, because we’ve been having ourselves a hot little mini-drought. Lawns and highway medians everywhere are a splotchy brown. Our carefully spread grass and clover seed (doing so well before our trip!) has crispified and shriveled away (along […]

King of the tractor

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Everyone here at Summersweet got a surprise visitor on Friday… A neighbor with lots of his own chickens said someone had dropped this rooster off on his property with no explanation. He said if I didn’t take him it was ok – he’d shoot him, fill him with antifreeze, and leave him for the foxes. […]


Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Last year’s hollyhocks are finally in bloom! Hollyhocks are a biennial plant, meaning they’ll last a couple years at least. I grew about a dozen of these from seed last year, but they only flower and set seed in their second year. Since I planted a mixed-color bag, it’s been a long wait to see […]

Bedroom claimed

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Way back in March I posted about our master bedroom redecoration. It’s taken this long for our bedstead to arrive… and with two sets of curtains sent back, newfangled curtain rings tried and abundant rug-based angst later, our redecoration is finally complete. Or enough so to show the world, anyway. Before/After: Cleaner, brighter, and fresher […]

Tractor, roofed

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The first morning back from our vacation I had to quick fit the last pieces onto the chicken tractor. It was easy to replace the 6″ wheels with 7″ (one inch makes a huge difference actually), but it took a good couple hours to get the roofing cut to size and attached. Mostly because I […]

We’re baaaack!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

We were visiting family out of state for a week! Didja miss me? I scheduled three posts ahead of time so you wouldn’t get too bored. We didn’t get bored, either! We took walks: Waded in the lake: Learned to identify poison ivy (she’s pretty good at it now): Drank interesting teas: Canoed with Grandma […]

Summer dress

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

A while ago I fell in love with J. Crew’s Serena dress – but even though some colors were on sale, it was only available in a size 00 (which I am so not!) I was pretty sad until I realized, “Hey, man, I could probably make that.” So I did. I bought some cheap […]