When I was in second grade, we had to do a report on an animal. I was told I couldn’t pick a unicorn or pegasus, so somehow, I ended up with hummingbirds. Ever since, when my mom sees a hummingbird something—anything!—she thinks of me, and often buys it for me. As far as hummingbird trinkets … More Hummingbirds & Me
I know I have said before that my thumbs aren’t the greenest, and for quite some time I believed them to be the exact opposite. Now I’m still not entirely convinced that I can keep things alive on my own, but today I came across something that had me more than a little excited. That’s … More Bloomin’ Violets
Long story short, there’s purple showing up in force everywhere in the garden. I picked our first purple bell pepper on Monday. There are at least six more on the plants, already all purple and getting bigger. I feel like planting twice as many next year. I can go through bell peppers like crazy when … More Growing Purple
It was back in May that I planted Gladiolus bulbs out front of the house with hopes of beautiful flowers filling that space. When they started to sprout their leaves, I was going out daily to count the number that had started growing, and after a few weeks, all had made their appearance. Unfortunately, with … More New Blooms
The garden has been doing beautifully, with the tomatoes again reaching 7ft. Last year they didn’t go so high because of a disagreement they were having with a little baby black walnut tree that was too close and was stunting their growth. With the tree gone and the soil fortified with egg shells, the tomatoes … More Off They Go!
This week (the last couple, actually) have brought us some really good rain. After so long in the desert it’s hard for me to argue with any rain at all. I love it. The smell, the light shows, the way the Earth rejuvenates following the storms. It also really helps the garden to take off. … More Summer Rains
The official start of summer is only about a week away, but it’s already been feeling like it. One of the best tings being that the garden it really going strong. Our plants are taking off. The limas are climbing, the zucchinis have already been producing, and even the cherry tree has joined in this … More Growing Like A….Tomato?
I haven’t gardened in years—not since high school to be specific. I tried once in El Paso to grow flowers and one Christmas I got a poinsettia plant, but I couldn’t keep any of them alive past a week or two. Last summer, I learned I could keep flowers alive, so as I told you … More Garden Full of Wonder
Spring has arrived again, which means growing things and getting the garden ready. And since the threat of being sent away for three months to the academy is past, this summer I can get out and begin to work in the dirt and learn the ways of growing things. Last summer I started with a … More New Season, New Flowers
Last night marked the year anniversary since I arrived to the place I now call home, and as I look back I keep thinking about what a busy year it has been. It had all started with my three day journey across country, with trailer in tow, five critters in the car, and a polar … More Pennsylvania Anniversary