Gardening

Garden in Review

Every year starts out the same, full of hope and anticipation. In spring I watch expectantly as the perennials revive from their winter dormancy, and the bulbs push their way through the soil. I’m excited to see what plants survived the winter, whether newcomers fit in, and how the different colors and forms of flowers …

From Tree to Table ~ Homemade Applesauce

From Tree to Table ~ Homemade Applesauce

My friends and I are having an Around the Harvest Table blog party, with each of us contributing a dish to the fall-themed dinner, and you’re invited! At the end of this post are links to the other dishes, making it easy to visit each of them. The Challenge I had a hard time deciding …

Delightful Garden Guests

Delightful Garden Guests

What makes gardens worth all the time and sweat that we put into them? The visitors they attract, especially the surprise ones, that come to share it with us. I’ve tried to capture photos of some of my garden guests. Some aren’t very cooperative, making me hide behind the door, or sit lifeless for long …

A Cabbage Worth Keeping ~ Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

A Cabbage Worth Keeping ~ Early Jersey Wakefield

I grew my prettiest cabbages yet this year. It wasn’t a good year for many of my usual crops, but it’s been great for cabbage and kale. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog. Overcoming Challenges One of my biggest challenges with cabbage and kale in the past has been battling …

Mid-Life Blogger’s Peach Cobbler

Mid-Life Blogger's Peach Cobbler

I managed to salvage some peaches in my battle with Brown Rot and I wanted to make a cobbler. There are lots of recipes for peach cobbler, but I was looking for one with more of a crunchy topping, versus a “cakey” one. I ended up combining two different recipes. I was really happy with …

Brown Rot is the Pits

Brown Rot is the Pits

I wasn’t sure if we’d get peaches this year because we had a late freeze right in the middle of blooming. A lot of peaches formed, but most of them fell from the tree. The tree has grown by leaps and bounds this season and has a lot of foliage. A few chickens have taken …

A Passion for Seeds ~ Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

A Passion for Seeds ~ The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

I’ve wanted to visit Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for a long time. For at least ten years I’ve received their catalogs and watched Jere Gettle’s business and family grow. Their festivals have always looked like so much fun, yet I never found the time to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. My contact there, …

Garden Tour ~ My Mother’s Garden

Garden Tour ~ My Mother's Garden

I inherited my love of gardening (and porches) from my mother. I recently visited my parents at their home near Livingston, Texas, and my mother’s garden was in full-bloom. I thought you might enjoy a tour, seeing some new plants, and learning a few stories behind her decorations. Mama’s Style My mother describes her garden …

Gardener’s Lament ~ A Poem

The Ups and Downs of Asparagus

The Ups and Downs of Asparagus

I’m far from being an expert on asparagus. In fact, I’ve been a little disappointed in my asparagus harvest, so I decided to do some research to see if there’s something I can do to improve it for next year. I thought I’d share what I’ve learned, along with my experience, the ups and downs of …