Saturday, September 28, 2013

on a waning cresent

we're going on a bear hunt
northwest of Helen GA

this Saturday

the man

the dog

the boy & the cousin

the girl

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September Full Moon {what's growing}

13 Wildwood Pumpkins - planted later than I ever have, so we'll see how it goes down.  I'm ready with hoop house materials that will fit over this row if needed - our first frost is around 15Nov.

The garden is a mix of summer stragglers and fall seedlings.
The basil is still going strong - gotta put up some winter pesto.

Cabbage start.

Some late bush beans.  It's a gamble that may pay off.

The horse trough I salvaged from the junk yard for a few bucks.
Painting it & getting it ready to grow carrots in.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oh yes she did

Do you know what!?  Indi is done with diapers.  I will be marking my calendar.  2yrs&4mos.   I decided to go cold turkey last week & she's had only one accident since.  Oh yes.

Multi-tasking today:  brushing teeth & carrying her baby in a mai tai on her back.

Monday, September 9, 2013

of an evening

Everybody ends up in Daddy's lap at the end of supper.

silly girl

A twilight buzz.  I'm taking a lock to put away.

in progress

I made 500 soil blocks over the weekend & Levi seeded them all!
broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce, beets, cauliflower, chard, green beans, turnips, fennel, and some experimental peppers & cold climate tomatoes

Friday, September 6, 2013


With the slightest hint of Fall coming along, football started, and the seeds of a winter garden being planted, my thoughts often go to Athens - Redlands deer, students coming back to town, and those first football Saturdays.  We've been 5 years away now.

This is Joe in the first year I met him.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday in September

Pottery shard found at Reno.

mixing compost & peat moss for making soil blocks

purple coneflowers grown from seed

our affable back porch toad - easily picked up 

and once sat back down, he'll hop back to his corner hole

Joe finished his latest handmade longbow....hickory backed with road-killed rattlesnake skins.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Full Circle

I was thrilled to find out Wildwood Pumpkins had been mentioned in the latest publication from Seed Savers Exchange.  I made a seed donation of this family heirloom several months ago & included a few photos.

The article they were included in was "Defining Heirlooms," in which they were given as an example of a family heirloom (versus a commercial or community heirloom).

it reads:

'Wildwood Pumpkin' Squash

A family heirloom from Molly Neely-Burnam of Georgia.  This variety has a history with Molly's paternal ancestors - who all lived and gardened in Wildwood, GA - that extends back to her great-great-great grandfather, William Carroll.  Molly, her father, and her grandfather all still grow the variety today.  In her donation letter Molly writes, "Family oral history places the origin of the variety with the Cherokee Indians who were present in the Wildwood area prior to their 1838 removal."  The variety produces pale orange pumpkins that the family primarily uses for pies.  Pictured at left.