Woodchuck Woes

037Uh-oh. This morning, during my daily inspection of the too-many gardens here, I discovered a fiendish fat woodchuck in the fenced kitchen garden. The object of Woody's affection? Sweet potato leaves. Overnight, he practically devoured the entire crop. Read more »

A Short Walk in the Kitchen Garden

032Today, I planned to give you the "grand tour" of all the gardens here. But it's too hot and muggy outside! It's the kind of day when sweat stings your eyes. I can't have you running around with smudged mascara, John. So instead of galloping from the Boxwood Garden to the Whatever Garden, perhaps we should limit our time to the Kitchen Garden: Read more »

How’s Your Veggie Garden Progressing?

072How's your veggie patch coming along? Any troubles to report? My own Kitchen Garden is a little pokey this season, thanks to a hot, dry May, and a cool, wet June. Still, the plants are making a valiant effort to fill their beds: Read more »

Easy Lavender Shortbread Cookies

IMG_4765wbYesterday, I clipped several blossoms from my lavender plants. Then I added the perfumed petals to a standard, three-ingredient shortbread dough. The result of this mad experiment? Pure deliciousness! Here's the recipe for these subtly-scented tea-time treats: Read more »

My Herb Garden, or How to Decorate Rich (Even When You’re Not)

045In my world, a garden begins with a vision.  A totally awesome vision which, by hook or by crook, can be realized on a less-than awesome budget. Wanna decorate rich even when you're not? Consider my little Herb Garden: Read more »

June 2015 Kitchen and Garden Chores

IMG_3705Wanna get down and dirty in the garden with me? We can train the tomato vines, smother the weeds, and deadhead the spent spring flowers. Afterwards, we can make something delicious to eat! The fun starts here: Read more »

Boxwood: An Extreme Makeover!

014Hallelujah -- my boxwood received its annual haircut yesterday. To accomplish this job, I rented a gas-powered hedge-trimmer from the local hardware store. I also rented a professional boxwood-barber, who groomed more than 300 shrubs in just four hours. Wanna see the before-and-after pictures? Here we go: Read more »