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Vegetables at the Brink of Autumn

My August plan to chance a second batch of snap peas has borne fruit:

Even though the plants are shorter than their summertime parents, they’ve got some delicious pods.

And what does a hot pepper taste like if it’s grown when the frosts are nearly here? I’m about to find out:

Meanwhile, garlic [...]

Make a Green Man… Naturally

Why make a Green Man for your garden from a base of polymer clay or papier mache mix or plastic resin or concrete? Such a creation may be many things, but it isn’t made out of what it’s meant to represent. I’ll be darned, but I can’t seem to find anyone describing a way to [...]

In Summer, Fall

By the calendar, strict dividing lines separate Winter from Spring and Summer from Fall. The natural world knows no hard and fast boundaries. In the middle of August I stepped outside this morning to find an acorn on the ground. Looking around, I found many more, and along with them a smattering of fallen [...]

Is A Leaf Blower Really Faster?

On a walk early this morning, I encountered a darkly comic sight: three grown men with leaf blowers tackling a strip of grass 50 feet long by 20 feet wide. On my way back 20 minutes later they were still at it. I could hear the noise all the way across the valley.

I have [...]

Sunflower Equinox

Time lapse of this last morning of summer, just down the hill.

Enjoy the change.

Fall Freezes the Dragons

It’s one of my favorite moments of fall, when it gets cool enough that insects remain right where they are no matter how close I approach. This dragonfly is stilled by its temperature-sensitive metabolism, but not yet frozen.

Gardening Haiku: Lamb’s Ear

In the fall lamb’s ear is not so soft. Or is my touch so much harder?

Gardening Haiku: Lamb's Ear

In the fall lamb’s ear is not so soft. Or is my touch so much harder?