Garden

Reishi Revelation and a Milestone

Permaculture

Back in 2008, or maybe 2007, we really can’t remember, Deanna and I had a phone conversation that was the jumping off point for this website. As I recall, we took the common blogger recommendation to stockpile a few posts before we went “live” to make it look like we’d been at this for longer […]

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New Strawberry Bed

Beginner Gardens

Of all the typical calamities that befall strawberry beds: birds, squirrels, slugs, drought (and I’ve had all of those), it was unexpected to say the least when an electrical transformer exploded over mine and doused it with dielectric fluid just as the strawberries were getting ready to pick. But I was more determined than ever […]

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The Drips and Dabs Problem

Garden

There they sat, six or eight of them in a small bowl, wrinkled, bruised and sad. Unusable. “Chickens?” my husband asked, pointing at them. A cloud of fruit flies arose at the disturbance. I sighed heavily, a sense of failure coming over me. “Yes,” I said. “Go ahead. Give ‘em to the chickens.” They were […]

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Yahooo! Oyster Mushrooms!

Beginner Gardens

Again, THRILLED. I went out this morning to see how much the shiitakes had grown overnight and was amazed to see one of the logs of oyster mushrooms had also fruited. I may have done a mushroom dance. Look at those delicate gills, the soft, felty caps, the blush of brownish gray. These are called […]

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I’m Plotzing!

Beginner Gardens

I can barely contain myself. Something I’ve been waiting for years to happen has happened. In fact, it’s something that helped bring about the formation of this blog six years ago. Deanna and I had been friends for ten years at that point, but somehow we never fully realized we shared a certain passion for […]

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