Category Archives: Gardening

The summer garden


Now that the temperatures around here hang out around 110 degrees, the makeup of the garden has changed. In the early spring, my single raised bed was stocked with lettuce, spinach, beans, and peas. None of those are there now.

Now, there are tomato vines, sunflowers, a sweet potato vine, and spearmint. In the late summer I’ll start some pumpkins inside and move them out when it gets cooler. I tried planting pumpkins earlier this year, but that didn’t work out so well. The heat shriveled them right up!

We had a minor tragedy yesterday – our two adolescent ducks escaped their fenced run during the night and were killed by predators (probably coyotes). The real tragedy here is that they were only two weeks away from the dinner table. Those darn coyotes stole my dinner! I still have six 3-week-old ducklings in the house. I’ll have to find the problem in the run before they can go out!

I’m a little slow updating right now because there’s just SO much going on around here. I’m finishing summer classes and preparing for my last semester of school. I’m also considering substitute teaching at our little school out here. Kid #1 will start kindergarten this year – I’ll be homeschooling him. Life never slows down..
Today is The Mister’s birthday, so I’m off to celebrate with him and make his favorite cookies!


A weed by any other name


Some weeds are too pretty to become chicken feed. This one got a free pass and is now living in the kitchen! Isn’t it lovely?

My mother in law said, if you put it in a flower garden, it won’t be a weed anymore!”

Hmm… is a weed by any other name still a weed? It’s beautiful, whatever you want to call it.

Public Enemy #1 …Rabbits?

This morning I started the day by making the kids pancakes and feeding our meat rabbits and chicks.

pancakes with sprinkles
pancakes with sprinkles

After everyone was fed and happy, I headed out to water the beginnings of my orchard.  The tags from the nursery said to water them once a week, but these trees are pretty unhappy if I skip even one day. Whoever typed up that tag obviously didn’t have our climate in mind.

When I got out to the trees, I was greeted by this:

chewed up tree
chewed up tree

It looks like the wild hares have been snacking on my trees. They’ve eaten the bark on a few of them, and one poor tree had been completely chewed through! Only time will tell if they will survive..

I decided to take matters into my own hands and make sure that this type of damage doesn’t happen again. The odds are stacked against them in this climate, so I need to help the poor trees along in any way I can.

I grabbed some scraps of wire fencing and a pair of wire cutters. A simple ring of fencing is all it takes to deter pesky rabbits.

fencing around tree
fencing around tree

Sometimes beauty and function can go hand in hand. This was not one of those times! A little big of ugly fencing is worth it, though, if it saves my poor fruit trees.

This afternoon we’re hoping to head out on an overnight camping trip to Horse Thief Springs in San Bernadino County. The two-year-old is feeling sick right now, so hopefully she perks up and we don’t have to cancel the trip.