Posts Tagged ‘Gardening’

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Gardeners

We were busy this weekend. We tackled a couple of home improvement projects that have been languishing. We tackled the weed garden in front of the house and filled it with 50% off perennials. I’m banking on the weather holding long enough for them to establish themselves and come back next year. I think there’s a reasonably good chance that will happen. If I can keep the weeds down that is.

I used some muscles that aren’t used to working and I’m feeling it now. I also tried to chop off my pinky toe with a shovel but failed and ended up only badly maimed. Unrelated to the gardening I tried to cut off a pinky finger washing a glass but, again, only maiming myself. I should probably sit down for a while. Did you do anything fun this weekend? Maybe you managed not to maim yourself?

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Friday, August 17th, 2012


I love growing them. Mostly because they are virtually impossible to kill. They are, however, somewhat hard to find. You’d think it would be easier to find succulents in Baltimore and probably there are some small shops that have them but how are you supposed to find them? The big box stores are unreliable and last time I checked IKEA (my old standby) they only had a handful and they were in really rough shape. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, May 16th, 2011

First Harvest

It’s time for my annual picture of the first berries of summer.  It’s kind of funny because there’s been a red painted rock out there for a few weeks now that we kept getting excited over until we finally stopped checking.  Then one day lo and behold…  ripe berries!

We decided to save them for breakfast tomorrow.  Or maybe we’ll do fruit salad for lunch.  Maybe then no one will notice just how sparse the pantry is at the moment.  Monday grocery shopping got pushed off until tomorrow and it required a little creativity today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Flamingos Flowers and Volunteer Chives

As it turns out I love herb gardening.  I used to get all worked up over it.  I was afraid to cut and use them because the plants I put in the ground at the beginning of the summer were always so small and never seemed to go anywhere.  I’d look at the five stalks for parsley sticking out of the ground and compare them to the giant bundle that you buy in the grocery store for a dollar.  So discouraging.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

One Jar Of Jam

So, I concluded that the best way to get organic strawberries for making jam is to grow them yourself.  I can’t take credit for the growing.  Ben gets all the credit.  I didn’t even want these strawberries in the yard anymore.  Now, I’m on the fence again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

First Berries Of The Season

This photo pretty much sums up our day.  A big bandaid, dirty fingernails and a few red berries to eat with dinner.  If they’re ripening in the yard they should be at the market for sure this weekend.  I’m starting to think about jam.  Do you know any place that’s either officially or unofficially growing organic strawberries for pick your own?  The only one I can find is near Chestertown and that may or may not be too far to go for berries at just under two hours.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008


I kinda fell off the face of the earth for a minute there.  Earlier this week Kayris gave me this award!  

Cool, huh?  It makes me feel cool and lame at the same time because even though I loved getting it I have no one to pass it on to.  Not really anyway.  I think most of the people’s blogs that I read either already have a huge enough following that they know just how many people’s days their making or have already been awarded it not to mention that I am completely inept when it comes to how these things go.  So… Thank you, thank you!  And I’m glad somebody’s reading :o)  Gack, now I have to figure out how to get it into my sidebar.  

In other news it’s finally here along with all the good and bad that come with it.  

The good:

The farmer’s market is in full swing.  I can’t wait for tomatoes so I can eat insalata caprese everyday.  

It’s full on yard sale season.  I left the house with 5 bucks and came back with 3.  Also in tow, two giant dump trucks for backyard play, a cool vintage pattern to make for myself in the fall, three vintage books for Chase and a pile of fabric.  Not bad huh?  

I love watching the tiny veg grow a little everyday.  I finally got some perennials in the front so we’re not the weed garden people anymore.  It’s pretty bad when the guy playing without a full deck offers to bring you over some hostas from his own garden and then feels so bad for you that he plants them for you too.  

I took this book out from the library.  It has good ideas for ways to encourage children’s play outdoors.  The book has just been re-released with a few updates but the pictures scream I’m from the original publication!  A lot of the featured gardens are from the mid-atlantic region which makes is that much more useful and interesting.  I’m reading and thinking about how to interpret some of the ideas for our postage stamp yard.  We’re trying to think of ways to maximize the use of our space.  Ben built a door to cover the steps down to the basement that is not pitched so that it also serves as a little deck for the grill that freed up a lot of space and also provided a place to store our table when not in use.  I planted ferns underneath our plant beds.  I put some stones in around them and I’m hoping that they naturalize a little.  

We’re trying a new composting experiment.  We were on the verge of shelling out for a system when we found this.  

All of our hard work is finally paying off.  We’re having a lot of fun kicking around outside.  

Oh, and Pile of Craft.  I hardly slept last night, tossing and turning and trying to figure out what order to tackle the walk to the farmer’s market, block yard sale and craft fair in.  For fear of being run out of town I’ll keep my opinion to a minimum but I’ll tell you that I just don’t ‘get’ the whole hipster scene.  Craft is craft regardless of how ‘cool’ you are, where’s the craft love people?  I did buy one thing from one booth because the vendor was the nicest, most genuine person.  She had a truly warm smile and was so nice not to mention that her wares were super cute.  Only a super nice person selling super cute stuff could get me to spend 40 bucks on a child’s t-shirt, sheesh.  Don’t hold this against me when I’m calling asking you to borrow money.  Chase has a kitty t-shirt and kitty says MOW that’s m-ow not, mow.  

The cat is from a recycled T and the rest of the shirt is organic cotton.  The whole thing is ridiculously soft and beautiful… I want it.  Plus it looks like a cat I had once.  

Summer means it’s almost Chase’s half-birthday.  She’s having a little bit of a language explosion that results in more than a little verbal diarrhea.  I catch some of it that gets repeated, bug bite, Chase got socks, go outside, truck, chalk, toot toot!  and a lot of new animal sounds and actions.  A lot of it sounds the same but I’m fluent in Chase-ease.  She is also finally saying mummy and mom.  Of course it’s while she’s trailing behind me demanding to be carried.  I had to bust out the Ergo my back is killing me.  

The bad: 

Chase is being eaten alive by mosquitos and I haven’t had time to figure out how to effectively combat the buggers.  I finally went around today and put a few drops of citronella essential oil around where we sit and it seemed to work.  It’s cost effective until the bottle runs out because I already had it on hand but I’m reasonably certain that pouring essential oils around in the great outdoors isn’t the most effective way to fend off mosquitos.  

Must you play your music so loud?  Seriously, are you going to die if you turn it down a notch or two?  One day I’ll just snap. 

What will the kids DO all summer?  

It will be hot soon and the craziness that is summer in the city will hit hard.  

Have a good weekend!

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Sunday, June 1st, 2008


You never know what Chase will enjoy and what will just totally freak her out. She was suspicious of the moonbounce at first but by her third turn she was, as they say, tearing it up. When other babies waited out for the bigger kids to have a turn Chase refused declaring moonbounce! She didn’t actually declare it but she did get in and hold her own with the big kids though I will say that they were incredible kind to her. She wanted to get in that thing so many times that I had to buy more tickets with a check. Luckily the ticket booth guy was very sympathetic. I thought that all the activity would wear her out but she barely took more than an hour-long nap. I needed more of a nap for crying out loud.

I picked some swiss chard from the garden this afternoon for our dinner. Our little boxes don’t yield a bumper crop of anything but it’s fun and relaxing to work on and I find a lot of satisfaction in picking what we do grow. I Have a little more space to add a few plants now that the lettuce and radishes are done. We already have beans, cukes, tomatoes, peppers, zukes and carrots. Any ideas? I’m thinking maybe I’ll just put in some basil.

Laughing and carrying on.Chase had to be escorted from the moonbounce on all three turns.


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