Archive for June, 2013


Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

All this continual rain has made for a plague of slugs. My poor tomatillos just can’t catch a break. Whatever survives the drowning has to contend with plant predators. The slugs have eaten an entire planting’s worth – 24 square feet – of bean plants, setting me back another 2 weeks. I hate slugs. The […]

A rare shot…

Monday, June 17th, 2013

…in which the garden looks tidy. More or less. For the first time ever, I have filled all my beds. As soon as the weather permits the ground to dry out a bit, I will work on building up the areas to the left and right for more planting space. Who would have thought I’d […]


Sunday, June 16th, 2013

I finally took care of a major problem in the garden a couple weeks ago: This. It’s hard to tell from the photo, which flattens everything, but that’s the 45 degree hill where Backfill Hill slopes down towards the swamp. Because it is south-facing, and poor soil, I thought it would be an excellent place […]


Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Despite the constant temperatures in the low 60s and 70s – which, if it weren’t for the rain, I sure wouldn’t be complaining about, believe me! – things have decided to start budding up. The strangest tomato flower – it’s double. I honestly can’t remember if my Cherokee Purple were like this last year or […]

For the girls

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Everything I do, I do in the hope of creating beautiful memories for them.

June bee checkup

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

My girls are doing great! No sign of small hive beetle – though the girls seemed a bit tetchy so I pulled only two or three frames for inspection. Those nasty beetles could be (probably are) still there, but if I didn’t see them running they are under control at the moment. I also saw […]


Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The broilers are getting so big that it’s getting hard for them to run. They sort of just waddle and flop around. They definitely know that me=food, and come running. It is bittersweet… I feed them, and they will feed me. At harvest they’ll be 13 weeks old, more than twice the age of the […]

Friend or foe

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Look who we found in the garden this evening, hopping along as if she owned the place: She (he?) dashed into this drainage tube, which unfortunately for her was only 4 feet long and flexible. I looped it up and she was trapped. This little cutie pie had already been chased out of the garden […]

Bug bite garden remedy

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Poor Lilu was outside for ten minutes yesterday and got 15 mosquito bites up and down her tiny, chubby little baby legs. Benadryl works fine, but I hate to smear so much of it all over her twice a day. As part of the story I’ve been working on off and on lately, I’ve been […]

Home-canned beans into homestyle plátanos rellenos

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

I’ve been meaning to follow in OhioFarmGirl’s footsteps and can my own beans for quite a while now… two years in fact! And finally my chance came. I had nothing planned for the day, and black beans were on sale at the grocery store. I took a deep breath and jumped in. There are detailed […]