There are leaves still on the ground from last Fall, the lawn’s overgrown, and our season’s first flowers (the daffodils and hyacinths) are spent. I guess we can’t be lazy gardeners anymore! Andrew and I spent the weekend raking up leftover leaves from our deck, transplanting some spinach from a deck container to a ground … More Apple Blossoms, Bluebells, and Dogwood’s First Bloom
I think (hope) we’re finally past the threat of frost, and even though it’s about 2 weeks later than last year, many of our plants are making their comeback.
Here’s what’s currently happening in our garden… … More It’s finally looking like Spring!
Happy first day of Fall! It’s 80 degrees today but some leaves are just starting to change color here in Baltimore and local stores have been stocked with questionable pumpkin flavor combinations for weeks so Fall it must be!
Our garden is certainly seeing a bit of a change as we get later into the growing season. Our zucchini, soybeans, and muskmelon are now done but we still have plenty to keep us busy! … More September Blooms and Harvests
In early August, my mom gifted us a beautiful tropical milkweed plant, which has apparently been quite popular with the monarchs. We planted it in our backyard already aware of a couple monarch butterfly eggs on the plant. I spotted our first monarch caterpillar of the year on August 11 and went back to the plant every day afterwards to make sure he was still accounted for. … More Monarchs and Milkweed
We harvested our last zucchini in July before a combination of squash vine borers and later squash bugs prevented any healthy new fruits from forming and I took the plants out. Before our zucchini season was cut short, we were able to get about a dozen zucchini and with those, we tested out a few … More From Garden to Table — Zucchini
Back in Spring, we started with only roma tomato plants (for salsa) but due to furry and feathered pests digging them up, we replaced most of these with donation tomato plants from friends. Now, in our first year of growing tomatoes, we are growing roma, big boy, cherry, and grape tomatoes! Big Boy Having never … More Garden Progress — Tomatoes
In the past few years that we’ve lived in our current home, Andrew and I have watched rabbits and a groundhog alternate residence under our shed in the backyard. Although we didn’t like it, we weren’t particularly motivated to do anything about it while the damage remained limited to a few small holes under our … More Rodents in the Garden
It’s officially summer and our garden is in full swing! We’re a bit behind where we were last year since we didn’t start any of our seeds indoors and some of our friendly neighborhood pests (I’m looking at you, rabbits!) have caused some of our plants to fall even further behind. There’s a lot going … More Garden Progress — Growing Our Own Salsa
Andrew and I are big tea drinkers with a preference for loose leaf teas and so we wondered.. what if we tried growing our own tea?! … More The Tea Plant Experiment
Some couples have a song, some have a special date location, we have a flower. In honor of Andrew’s and my wedding anniversary this week, today I’m talking about beautiful Columbines (Aquilegia)! How We Fell in Love (with Columbines!) Our introduction to the flower was simple: a former teacher of Andrew’s shared photos of Columbine’s … More Columbine Flowers