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Berry Beginnings and Garlic Galore

Yes, we realize that not all of these are ripe. But when your 10, 8, and 5 year olds are willingly working in the garden… Lou is the creator and namer of the “blookberry.”  She takes one blueberry and one blackberry and stacks them on top of each other as …

Blight Bedamned

The little prince went away, to look again at the roses. “You are not at all like my rose,” he said.  ”As yet you are nothing.  No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one.  You are like my fox when I first knew him.  He was only …

Sunflower Cookies

While on our way to storytime at the downtown library last Wednesday, we stopped into our favorite place to buy bread in Nashville. After picking up our sourdough boule (unsliced, please), we were on our way upstairs to see the Professor and Mary Mary.

Sugar “Snap, Crackle, and Pop” (‘Em in Your Mouth) Peas

Sugar snap peas are one of our favorite vegetables because they’re easy to grow and even easier to eat. In French they’re aptly named “mange tout” which means “eat all”. No shelling is needed, but if the pods are stringy, remove the strings by snapping off the stem ends and …

Garden “Expansion”

If you’ve read even a couple of posts on this blog, you know we’re a little bit into food, especially the local kind. And there’s no more local food than that we grow right here in our yard. Our girls are great eaters, and part of the reason for that …

Garden Update::Apple Trees

I’ve failed to do a good job documenting our garden this spring already! So, back to it here. I’ll share some pictures and stuff (current) and a little history of what we added this year. First up, the apple trees. We’ve been out with the apples a lot lately due …

From Friend to Foe

In a matter of seconds, tonight, our friendly neighborhood caterpillars went from friend to foe. Just last week, we had been reminiscing with Viet and Reg about Aspen’s habit last year of caring for each and every caterpillar on her walk home from the bus stop after school. Aspen loves …

Garden Update::Herbs

It’s been busy around the Martin house of late, primarily with the Nashville Masters, but that post will come later. First, a quick update on the garden. We’ve been harvesting some herbs we picked up at Home Depot with regularity. The cilantro is doing well (and it’s been eaten to …