Waiting for Disaster

Last year it rained so hard for so long that we didn’t get any fruit from our trees and the powdery mildew, snails, slugs, and aphids were out of control. So were the spiders which cost us several hundred dollars in vet bills for Squeek and Daisy. Then the seedcorn maggots came back but this…

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Scram! Keeping Cats Out of the Garden.

Jack is my favorite cat. We have two other cats, Kali Ma and Bonnie. Bonnie is clearly Tom’s cat. Scratch that. Bonnie is Paul’s cat. She snuggles with him at night and takes some of the most contorted positions just so she can sit on his lap. Kali Ma is my cat because she doesn’t…

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Off to a Good Start

The garden is starting to come together. I’m feeling inspired to keep better records as well (more on that below). The first round of peas and the garlic are going strong. The fennel, spinach and lettuce starts have all been planted. Last night we transplanted most of our onions, though I’m starting to feel we may…

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Just a Fad

I’ve seen the statistic time and time again. During World War I and World War II our nation was able to produce a staggering amount of food in backyards. During World War II we were able to produce 40% of our food in backyard Victory Gardens (and backyard Victory Flocks). That’s impressive to say the…

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Gardening is Girly

According to Peggy Aloi, writer for the Huffington Post, feminism has been lost on me. I’m officially girly and no longer a bad ass. That’s kind of a bummer because I’ve always thought of myself as pretty bad ass. I’ve thought of my other gardening friends as total bad asses too. Oh, and apparently my…

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