So Long and Thanks for All the Tomatoes

We had our first freeze this past week, and some dry days... so this happened: So the tomatoes are done for- we pulled them out and piled as many as we could in the fire pit. We let them dry out a few days and then torched them this weekend, quasi viking funeral style. The …

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Of Tomatoes and Bugs

Thanks to the recent rains that scourge of the late summer/ fall Texas garden, the red spider mite, is gone. They killed my tithonia and came THIS close to killing the tomatoes before the prolonged recent rains gave them the ol' Wicked Witch of the West treatment and they melted away. So, when it finally …

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The Texas Garden in August aka Picante’s Inferno

The garden in August is a lesson in survival and non-survival. Miss a day's watering and your three year old spirea is toast. (Not a hypothetical example). It's cut to the ground and is starting to leaf back out- that was touch and go though, it was in no way a given that it would …

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Ice Dyeing: Last Night’s Batch Turned Out Like This…

So why are there no white spots, even though these were more tightly crammed in than the previous batch? I may have soaked these more than the other ones... so maybe the white on the previous set were dry parts in the center of some folds? Not 100% there... Here is the thing- LOOK at …

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