Unexpected Neighbors

We’ve had a lot of different animals come visiting in the yard, especially since we put out a pile of corn and sunflower seeds for the birds, squirrels, and rabbits. Occasional fish guts or chicken bones can bring in the rare visit from our nocturnal scavengers, possums. But for the past week, we haven’t been … More Unexpected Neighbors

Having a Fair Time

I can’t believe that it’s already that time again. The last week in July, which means the Shippensburg Community Fair. As with last year, I entered a few things from the garden, a couple photos, and a pair of earrings. However, I didn’t stop there. I also entered my African Violet that is somehow still … More Having a Fair Time

Our First Watermelon

This year, Nancy and I tried to grow watermelons in the garden. *Tried* being the key word. We didn’t know if we had the climate or a long enough season for them, but we figured why not? The plants have been so-so the whole season. They were slow to sprout (veeeeery slow) and there have … More Our First Watermelon

Colorful Limas?

Half the fun of growing a garden is sharing the bounty and even exchanging seeds with other gardeners. This year, Nancy was given some Hopi Lima bean seeds from her friend Sam, just to try something new. They got planted later than the other beans, but hey—they had to get here from Tennessee! The little … More Colorful Limas?

Bloomin’ Violets

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

Growing Purple

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

Sweltering Sunday

I went out earlier to look around the garden, check on my flowers and different veggies, and I just about drowned. The air is thick and heavy and hot. I know it was hot too, when I lived in the desert, but the lack of humidity there compared to here really does make a huge … More Sweltering Sunday

New Blooms

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