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The Gourd By The Door

Garden

By the time I noticed there was a birdhouse gourd growing in the foundation shrubs by our kitchen door it was already too big to move. I decided to let it grow and see what happened. What happened was, it grew gourds. There are three of them that I can see. I have a sneaking […]

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Lazy Recycling

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I noticed the other day after breakfast this was all the waste left over after the meal: Except for the fruit sticker, it all goes to the chickens where it will be recycled as eggs and fertilizer. It’s not always like this; believe me, sometimes our trash can gets a workout, but whenever we can […]

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Easy Fruiting Ivy Substitute

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I planted these muscadines a few years ago for the photo shoot for our book, Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living.  I haven’t touched them since.  I mean, I haven’t pruned, watered, weeded, nothing…ever.  They’re one of the few plants from that photo shoot that survived.  The goats […]

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Asparagus Murder

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My landscape guy cleaned out my asparagus beds.   Considering the below picture more closely resembles my bed last year…. It’s a bit of a travesty.  See below. I think two out of six mature plants survived.  They used to run in a hedge the length of my fence.  I’ve had them longer than two […]

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Spring Bloom Timeline 2014

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This spring, for our “nature walks” (read: nature drives, preggers…wait, read: pointing out nature periodically when we’re driving somewhere else), we are tracking the blooms of the season.  Here is the order of appearance. Week One 1.  Daffodils (pictured above) 2. Japanese Quince.  My MIL calls them her “sticks”.  This is the one time of year […]

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