Tag: gardening

Hallelujah Tomatoes!

As we finish off this kick ass tomato season in the garden (I’ve decided to attribute it to the poopy duck water from their tub that we used as occasional fertilizer), I decided I wanted to celebrate the remarkably strong season we had, enabling us (after inhaling multiple bowls of caprese, of course) with our 14 plants to preserve 10…

Week in Pictures

Saturday in the garden, mid-September: 3 out of 4 ducks are chilling out, our one grassy patch is a combination of trampled yellow grass (we don’t believe in watering lawns in the summer, they’ll be green again soon enough) and duck poop that Ruby’s not gleaned already for her own tasty treats, the temps have dipped into the high 60s/low…

Week in Pictures

Greatest hits from our Long Beach escapades…from the gorgeous fog on the bridge to Astoria to the only good sunset shot (from behind the dunes to avoid the cars on the beach) to Dan’s first time in an American arcade (and – clearly – licorice ice cream!) to some snuggle time with Ruby…ultimately he and I? Stronger than ever. Our…

Week in Pictures

  the heat wave is over!!! the inside of my car is normal, the bees have stopped bearding outside the hive to cool off, and summer is back to its regularly scheduled programming…yayyy! August is in full swing and the gladiolas are finishing up, the cardoons – which after a 3′ year last year are now well over 7′ tall…

Week in Pictures

Just before the jackasses in pickup trucks showed up to terrorize the beaches. I fucking hate how there are still places they allow people to drive right on the sand – it’s dangerous and disrespectful, both environmentally and to people trying to have a quiet day at the beach away from all that kind of thing. Ugh. But it was…

Week in Pictures

Definitely a low key week for me work-wise, as things are going at a very slow pace compared to first half, and while there are always times of the year like this, it’s definitely always been a challenge for me to “just chill”. But hey, it enabled us to have some friends over for breakfast, to get the house cleaned…

Week in Pictures

It’s like watching paint dry waiting for tomatoes to get red. Our tomatoes I will say have definitely made up for lost time, I mean it isn’t even the end of July yet and after such a late start with the rainy spring, to have the first few glimpses of orange-turning-to-red, I’m pretty stoked. Crossing fingers that blossom end rot…

Week in Pictures

Meanwhile, back in the garden, our flowers are still going nuts (yay for the arrival of gladiolas, one of my favorites!) and the girls are still as troublesome as ever 🙂 And speaking of trouble, we are still trying to get used to the girl-on-girl action (and sometimes threesome) as Cocoa, the littlest one (aka “Little Napoleon”), asserts herself as…

Eco-licious

July is progressing nicely at least in the weather department – no heat wave that’s made me cover the tomatoes or peppers, and a big bowl of marionberries and blackberries (thornless on the latter – very, very cool I gotta say)? Gotta stretch sometimes to find the positives, but they’re there… Husband is still harvesting honey (16 lbs so far!!),…