Broken Arrow!

We Were Soldiers is one of my favorite Mel Gibson movies. He plays Lt Colonel Hal Moore who fought an epic battle in the Ia Drang Valley during the Vietnam War. At one point, the enemy presses them on all sides and is about to over run them. Moore sees it all, stops and shouts “Broken… Read More Broken Arrow!


This is my first year growing melons, and I am very excited at the growth I am seeing. I am not without trepidation, though. It is like watching your favorite team winning, but the score is too close and they could still lose! I am excited, but what could go wrong?! Trellising My strategy going into… Read More Melons

My Poor Tomatoes

They look awful. Just awful. The blight I mentioned before has infected most of my tomatoes to some degree, some a lot and some only a little. I have been trying to apply the Liqui-Cop to combat it, but I think the rain has not helped at all. I really hate showing bad pictures, but here goes:… Read More My Poor Tomatoes

Pepper Update

Patiently I wait for this beautiful fruit! So slow to grow… maybe it is the waiting that makes them taste so sweet. My goal this year was to be a better succession planter so that vegetables get spread out throughout the year. In prior years I would get a big harvest all at once and… Read More Pepper Update

Trellis Experiment

This experiment will either be a colossal win or a colossal fail. I found this video on Youtube (linked below) where a gardner had set up a wooden trellis on her raised beds for her squash, cucumbers and melons. I really liked the set up, and how efficient it was. It was really inspirational! I already had… Read More Trellis Experiment


Harvest There is nothing like a fresh ripe tomato from the garden, and what only makes it better is beautiful variety. Below is a half bushel of tomatoes I harvested last night. I am growing Black Krim, Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Black Cherry, Green Vernissage Cherry, Sunrise Bumblebee Cherry, as well as a Yellow Pear and Cherokee… Read More Tomatoes


The Start of the Journey It all started with Michael Ruhlman’s book Charcuterie. I know, how odd. A book about curing meats got me interested in fermenting vegetables. Go figure. But it had some recipes for making pickles and sauerkraut just using salt, and I decided to just try to make sauerkraut using his instructions.… Read More Fermentation