City critters welcome in our urban jungle.

As I sit here, on our back porch, wrapped in a blanket, wearing a jacket (it's around 50F - in July!), and listening to all the early morning commotion, I realize how hard it can be to explain to some country folk that city living can be noisy - but not the noisy most automatically … Continue reading City critters welcome in our urban jungle.

Peas, Magnolia blooms, and pests – what do they have in common?

In the May/June 2015 issue of Urban Farm (UF) magazine, there is an article about phenology.  When I saw the cover and the title of the article "Use Phenology When Planting Your Peppers" ( written by Les Wilke), I was confused.  Because, well, I really was confused.  I was confusing phenology, the study of naturally … Continue reading Peas, Magnolia blooms, and pests – what do they have in common?

Fall gardening keeps me grounded.

Now that Fall is officially here, it's time to start thinking about Fall crops like apples, pears, and squash.  I had planted some Hubbard Squash, but while I was on vacation, the vines died.  And since I was not home at the time, I wasn't able to investigate properly to determine what buggies or pathogen … Continue reading Fall gardening keeps me grounded.