Posts tagged “gardening


Posted on April 16, 2012

meyerlemonIt has been said that when life hands you lemons, you should turn them into lemonade. But what if life — or at least your husband — hands you Meyer lemons, which are sweeter and less acidic? This tree was planted in my backyard yesterday and I’ve already made a long list of things I want to make once these fruits turn yellow. Granted, the list is not this long, but it does include things like lemonade, lemon curd, lemon ice cream, preserved lemons and the like. Hopefully I can start featuring some of those experiments here before too long.

Happy Monday!

On being an alchemist

Posted on August 3, 2011

“Deep down I suspect that many gardeners regard themselves as small-time alchemists, transforming the dross of compost (and water and sunlight) into substances of rare value and beauty and power.”

–Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire

I started a garden because I wanted to prove to myself (and perhaps to a few unnamed others) that I was no longer a plant killer. I started a garden because I wanted to grow things that I could cook and that my family and friends could eat. There is a special sort of Zen in all of this — the digging, the weeding, the planting, the watching and waiting — and I wish I had learned it sooner.

Because I am battling the hell out of this garden right now.

I spent months and months planting every square, fertilizing them accordingly, and watering, weeding, picking and replanting them as needed.  I got tomatoes earlier than expected, fresh carrots in time for my daughter’s sixth birthday, more basil than I could handle, salsa-enlivening Serrano chiles, and cucumbers upon cucumbers upon cucumbers (I owe a post about cucumbers and it’s coming). The okra I’ve been picking? Ridiculous, especially when fried (another post to come about that).

Then the rain came.

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The Return of the Mad Gardener

Posted on April 18, 2011


A couple of years ago, I experimented with vegetable gardening. Though I am a plant murderer of the first order, I successfully grew tomatoes and basil in containers for a while. Things went wrong when I tried to grow a lot of things from seed. Part of the reason for the demise of said plants was I left the newbie sprouts for a week while I was out of the country. The other reason things went wrong: I came back from my trip and there was a month’s worth of torrential rain. Plants do like water, but perhaps not that much water.

Well, I moved to Louisiana.

And then I got bold.

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