06 April 2014

First Pruning

Two years ago we planted a plum tree out back. We have very little experience pruning, but we figured—What the hell, let's go for it. There is no established cone or goblet shape, I just didn't see how to do it. What we did do was eliminate any crossing branches and tall vertical spikes. Oh, and we made sure not to cut more than a third of the branches. In short, we shot from the hip and we're hoping for the best. I think it looks pretty damn good.

30 March 2014

Mostly Tomatoes

Our seedlings are doing great. I believe the number of tomato starts is somewhere between 100-125. A majority of these are determinate paste tomatoes for the community garden's market garden area. In a third tray we have a slew of greens and some flowers. 2014 is off to a solid start.

22 March 2014

Planting Peas

The 2014 season has begun.

23 November 2013


Today $20.00 in seconds became four gallons of applesauce. What's even cooler is that Jude and I got to spend some time together in the kitchen. His knife skills (for a kid who doesn't turn three for another month) are impressive.

21 November 2013


I'm not sure if this shot is pretty or perverse. Either way, our community garden water storage is ready for the freeze.  

01 November 2013

Making bread and a brief word about simple food

We have some special guests coming for dinner tomorrow. They know more about food than I could ever hope to learn myself. It can be intimidating to cook for intelligent pallets; however it is also quite exciting. I love to cook, but my dishes are very simply. I grew up with over seasoned food. Now, when I look at Van Gogh's The Potato Eaters my stomach begins to rumble and mouth begins to water. It's all about the (good) ingredients.

On the menu tomorrow we will be having a simple beef stew and brown yeast bread. Jude likes to help in the kitchen, so we have to account for that when timing the meal. Rather than complicate things tomorrow, we decided to bake the bread today. I'm amazed at how good he is in the kitchen and he's not quite three.

31 October 2013

The garlic is in

The garlic got in a little late this year. I'm counting on a late start to winter; which has been the norm around here. There are 250-300 cloves planted. We're going with three varieties (all hard neck): Georgia Fire; Music; and German Hardy.

I only planted the left half (southern) of this bed. Our plan is to plant determinate paste tomatoes on the right half. The bed is roughly 4'x30'.  

Rare Family Photo

There are plenty photos of us, but not often are we all in the same shot together. Meg says the light's not good, but I'll take what I can get.

27 October 2013

Thank You Lou Reed

Very grateful he lived.

06 October 2013

Billy Bragg

I caught onto Billy Bragg late. I remember listening to him when I was growing up in the 80s, but I was a kid and his music didn't strike a chord with me like some of the other more trendy/daytime Mtv bands of the time. However, towards the later end of my twenties, when I started to become aware of what the hell was going on with my life and all the little isms that are a part of it, I stumbled across an album of his that started a tirade of collecting and listening. His music since then has had an influence on and given a voice to my moral compass.

This past Thursday Meg and I got to catch a show. The dude is incredible.