Archive for March, 2012

Bee inspection March 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

I don’t know if I could rightly call this a real bee “inspection” because it was getting dark and I was in a hurry (hey, when you’re juggling two little people you don’t often get to pick your own time windows). But I was pleased enough to get both hives cracked open and peek inside […]


Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Last year while I was so badly anemic during my pregnancy, I thought I would never garden again. I couldn’t get excited about flowers, or canning, or any of it… so I promised myself that this year I would grow nothing but easy, easy flowers. No starting seeds, no planting, no wheelbarrowloads of soil amendments, […]


Monday, March 26th, 2012

I’ve had such trouble with weeds on the steep, steep slope of Backfill Hill. They are the super-nasty colonizing weeds: poison ivy, wild blackberries, honeysuckle, 10-foot-high Joe-pye weed… Springing up from nothing to strangle and smother the poor raspberries and anything else I try to plant there. Last year I tried organic weed suppression with […]


Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This is the third and fourth years for most of these trees, so we should be able to harvest some fruit this summer… if the deer don’t get there first, of course. I kept meaning to get the peach tree in all its blossom-bedecked glory… but of course we had pouring rain the night before […]


Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I’ve never grown leeks before last year. I planted them in the Spring meaning to eat well in Fall, but when I got sick over the summer they got abandoned like the rest of the garden. So there they sat, in one of the well-manured beds, until I remembered them a week ago and went […]

Another room down

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

While Grandma and Grandpa were here, SofĂ­a and I took advantage of the free babysitting to give her room a little bit of a facelift. Her room was a pale pink already; but she’s a fun girl and deserves a fun, punchy color. Besides, she’d been begging to paint her room – I don’t know […]

Where I’ve been

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Alea Lore McFadden, born January 20th at 2am. Lore is pronounced “Laura.” It was my grandmother’s name. But we mostly call her Pickles. She’s blond! And very tall. in the 98th percentile for height at 8 weeks, and only the 48th for weight. Tall and skinny like her daddy. I hope to get back into […]