A Killing Freeze

In late August, I happened to be in the front flower bed snipping fresh basil for a batch of my roasted tomato sauce, when I noticed a Green Lynx spider perched on a basil plant that had gone to seed. For years, I saw these spiky, green spiders all around the house but never did more than … More A Killing Freeze

Roasted Tomato Sauce

When we moved on this place eight years ago, gardening was a fairly simple undertaking. All I needed was a small, tilled up section of ground, sunshine, and a little rain supplemented with water from our well for irrigation in the dry months of July and August. Spring fertilizer came from seasoned chicken manure from the year before. … More Roasted Tomato Sauce

Nature’s Gym

Last fall, it became apparent that FD and I would have to deal with a dead walnut tree between the old barn and our metal storage building. Not only could strong winds and ice bring limbs down on either building, they could also fall and injure any critter that might have to occupy “Daisy’s pen” … More Nature’s Gym

Harvesting the Potato Crop… with “help” from Daisy Deer!

Just as the Oklahoma heat set in a few weeks back, I noticed the potato bugs were attacking my garden in full force.  This has certainly been a year of pestilence, and I have fought insects of all sorts on nearly every vegetable I planted this season.  Despite using an all-natural product along with diatomaceous … More Harvesting the Potato Crop… with “help” from Daisy Deer!

Turtle Time…

Yesterday morning, I headed outside with a dozen projects in mind.  The day had begun with an overcast sky, but the clouds were already breaking up by mid-morning.   Stepping outdoors, I felt a strong need to get myself going with my projects if I was to beat the heat that would surely arrive by … More Turtle Time…

The Damnable Burs…

In the blissful quiet of yesterday evening, I strolled around the house with the camera, hoping to capture images of the pretty Ashy Sunflower.  I find most of them along fence lines and on the canyon rim.  Evening sun allows for excellent back-lighting opportunities, so the natural sunlight was perfect.  The day had been warm, … More The Damnable Burs…