When That Frost Hits

We had our first frost of fall a few nights ago. The elephant ears (orejas de elefante) were obviously not going to make it. Most people dig up their bulbs, store them in a dry box, and replant them in the spring. I’m lazy about bulbs, so I cover them with leaves and hope to…

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Composting Yet?

My brother and I were talking on the phone the other day and he mentioned the leaves in his yard. He was going to take them to a friend’s house and dump them there. “Start a compost pile,” I told him, for the millionth time. I try to persuade everybody to do it, but usually…

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Trying to Hear the Tulips

This is an example post for the first challenge to flower talk. See rules here. Genre style is this: narrative (include your genre if you wish). I also hope to offer an introduction of some kind as well. Quiero platicar con los tulipanes (dígame si tulipanes no es la palabra correcta). Pero están durmiendo en…

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Discussing My Schedule With Thyme

No voy a discutir más, amigo. No puedo pasar todo mi tiempo contigo. I’m not going to argue, friend. I can’t spend all of my time with you. Oh, thyme is a must-have herb for the budding gardener or thoughtful cook. You can use it fresh or cut it and dry it. I like to…

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A Conversation With Impatiens

I love impatiens. They are annuals, though I’ve had them pop back up the following year. For a super easy flower that gives a lot of color, buy a flat of mixed impatiens – red, pink, white, coral (rojo, rosado, blanco, coral), and plant them however you like (it is too late to plant annuals…

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Interview With A Potato

Yo potato, what are you doing? ¿Qué pasa papa, qué estás haciendo? Apparently, this potato (sweet potato I think) found suitable conditions under this board, both of them left and forgotten in a raised garden box near my back door, and began to sprout some leaves. I’m not a fan of his flavor, so will…

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Rain, Rain, Come and Stay

If you have a garden, or even a few flower pots, you understand the importance of water. You also understand that it can get quite expensive to run the hose for a few hours each day: what many plants and gardens require. To save a few dollars, I created a rain collection system. With some…

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Sweet-Talkin’ Sergio’s Rose

When my son was born, in August of 2016, my mother bought me one of those miniature roses that they sell in the grocery store. It was orange (naranja). She has suffered from black spot disease this year (you can see some spots on the leaf in the bottom left). My flower garden does not…

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Welcome to Watermelon Forest

Last year, we planted watermelon (a personal variety) in the raised beds. We bent a hoop over their area and tried to grow them up the hoop. It didn’t really work, but it wasn’t a total failure. The watermelon (la sandía, if you’re interested to know) never reached ripeness: each one revealed a pale green…

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Something Like a Book Review

The Good Food Revolution, written by Will Allen and Charles Wilson, is a book that I read about four or five years ago. The story remains in my mind, however, and has been something of an inspiration to me. Before I discuss the book, I would like to tell a short story about how the…

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