gardening


Tomatoes in the Mist

The last several mornings, I’ve woken up to mist or rain. I feel like I’m living in the northwest. When I step outside to walk the dog, sweat immediately begins to pour down my forehead despite the cool morning. The humidity must be somewhere around 1000%. Exertion makes it worse […]

Granny Bradley Tomato

Diary of a Lesbian Housewyfe: Pro-“Grass”-Tination Blues

Every year, we have a moment where the snow melts and the earth begins to smell again. Not in a bad way, simply that dirt smell we lose when the ground freezes. Just past Easter, the ski mountain closes and green grass miraculously takes the place of the snow. Crocuses […]

Pro-"Grass"-Tination Blues

Plant Pirate’s Booty: How to Make a Vertical Herb Garden

With the victorious return of the plant pirate, the next process went into motion. When I plundered my mother’s garden for herbs, I’d envisioned our own herb garden just off the kitchen. The small fragrant mounds of herbs flowed together among the flowers. My sweetie and I needed only to […]

Vertical Herb Garden

Plundering My Mother’s Garden

My sweetie and I have been talking about creating an herb garden and, when we visited my parents right after Easter, I asked my mother if she would share some of her plants with me. She agreed with a motherly excitement and we toured around her garden that afternoon. Distracted […]

Potting the Plants

Diary of a Lesbian Housewyfe: The Garden

Sunlight penetrates my eyelids, turning the darkness underneath soft pink. I turn away from its unforgiving gaze and snuggle in a little deeper. My partner sighs and allows me to wrap myself around her, pulling her beautiful body close. We fit together, every bend and crevice melding together as a […]

The Garden

The Mountain Goat: My Spirit Animal for this 30-Day Plank Challenge

On Monday, the first six days of my 30-Day Plank Challenge were complete. I jumped onto my scale to see the results. Up two and a half pounds. Oh yes. I stumbled back and blinked my eyes. Placing my feet with gentle precision, I stepped back onto the scale, closed […]

Darling Mountain Goats

The Little Yellow Farmhouse: A Salve for Gardening Bug Bites – Temporary Raised Beds

When we moved into our new house at the end of February, the gardening bug bit us so hard my mother-in-law saw us wince. Then, she directed us to the nearest garden center. She’s an enabler. As I looked out onto our almost-an-acre of land, with its red clay and […]

Garden Beds

Little Yellow Farmhouse: Regular Old Everyday Magic

A flower blooms in the snow. The cat who has been avoiding you settles into your lap for a cuddle. Your long-lost dinosaur eraser appears in the bottom of a drawer. These unexpected gifts sneak into your life, sometimes through active detective work and other times just falling into your […]

Biltmore Estate Azalea