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Inspiration: Trumpet Vine

July 28th, 2008

I’ve been thinking about training a trumpet vine up the electric pole that at the front right corner of our lot. I already have one growing on the light post back by our garage, so I was going to try to propagate it. This past Friday I dropped my niece off at a friend’s house to swim and I saw this. Just what I was hoping to do. Granted, it will take a long time for mine to look like this, but I want to get it started right away so it will look like this soon!

Oh yeah, here are my two nieces swimming in the pond (aren’t they cute).

Chamomile at Dusk

July 27th, 2008

My Chamomile is blooming. A couple nights ago, I noticed how they glowed at dusk. They’re just waiting to be picked & dried for tea this winter.

Great Gardening Books: Kitchen Gardens

July 26th, 2008

I’ve been reading as many books on kitchen gardening as I can get from the library. Some are good, some are bad, some have great photos, some have none.

Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guide to Kitchen Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful and Functional Culinary Garden (Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guides)is a great book. It’s small so it’s a quick read. There are a ton of great photos of real gardens, not perfect magazine gardens here, just real gardens with weeds & imperfect plants. It highlights a bunch of different kitchen gardens in different zones. This is a great book for photos of gardens that can be translated into your own garden. I found a sapling fence that might be in my garden next year.


July 25th, 2008

The spigot on my rain barrel system.

Shhhhh, Babies Sleeping

July 24th, 2008

I checked on the robin’s nest today while mom was out hunting for food. It looks like 2 little ones are in there, who knows what happened to the third (or maybe it’s under the other 2).

Here’s the photo of the nest from July 8th.

Reading & Watching

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.