I need a drink!

My little piece of the world is very hot and very, very  dry. Absolutely too hot to be in the garden. I mean, I actually want to stay in the house and that is not like me at all.  “I don’t want to stay inside,” my inner gardener whines.  “Surely there is something in the shade garden […]

Cucumbers, Okra, and Beans Oh My!

Cucumbers, Okra, and Beans Oh My! Why do vegetables ripen when it’s 105 degrees? Why don’t I just get up at 5 a.m. and pick them? Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?♫♪ Beans.  What’s not to love about pinto beans.  They are an easy-going, fuss free veggie that likes to hang out with […]

Hummers and Bummers

The Good News:  Hot weather brings hummingbirds! Not to sound like Cliff Clavin but did you know that a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute? That it weighs as much as a penny?  That they also eat small bugs? It’s also a little known fact that a hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 […]

Grasshoppers!

I am being invaded by grasshoppers.  Not just a couple or a few but thousands.  Possibly millions.  Maybe a gazillion! They are devouring everything green and leaving bare sticks in their wake. I can not get rid of them.  At this point I am only using organic methods and this is what I have tried […]

Howdy!

My great-grandmother was my caregiver when I was a baby.  When company would come, she would greet them with robust  ‘howdy!’  and a big hug.  She had a special way of making you feel welcome in her home.   So, not surprising, my first word was not ‘mama’ or ‘daddy’  but  ‘howdy’.  Although people don’t […]