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I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my lifetime. Honestly. A shocking amount. Cutting my bangs myself? Stupid. Trying to clean my stainless steel stove with a Junior SOS pad? Stupid. Scraping a chunk of that jelly-like skin off my cornea while applying eyeliner? Rather stupid. But I can say, without any hesitation that the stupidest thing I’ve ever done is ripping apart my entire backyard and redoing it all myself. (as explained in my post on the subject) I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do anything like that again. Why will I never do it again? Because although I sometimes do stupid things, I’m not stupid. I will however continue to chop wood, grow my own vegetables, rescue feral cats and fix my own car. The money I save on these things I will use to pay someone to cut my bangs.


Reader Gardens. French, Flourishing, Happy and Pissy.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my community garden and yesterday I showed you my front yard vegetable garden.  But today I have for you, your gardens. There won’t be a lot of writing with this post because […]

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Front Yard Vegetable Garden.
July, 2015

    Yeah, so the good part is over.  The side yard, where there are very few vegetables aside from a couple of potato plants and the massive rhubarb you can see in the foreground, is the most attractive part […]

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The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree by way of an Italian driveway.

The sign had been at the end of the country driveway for as long as I could remember.  It was facing the highway, with the message hand written in black paint.  Fig Trees for sale.  Every time I drove past […]

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Vegetable Garden Tips & Tricks.

  Welcome to my garden.  This post isn’t for you fancy people who buy your broccoli in the store like some sort of aristocrat.  It’s for the rest of us. The common folk who grow our own broccoli, realize it […]

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Tour my community garden with me.

 Welcome to my Community Garden, year 2015.   Also welcome to my picture post.  The garden is so big and there’s so much to show and explain about it that I’m breaking it up into two posts. This first post […]

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The Best Homemade Flytrap.
And it probably isn’t the one you see all over Pinterest.

  When last we met we were discussing the merits of “the f word” and maggots.  Today I’m refining my language a bit. We’ll be speaking about rotting flesh. When I first discovered Flystrike on my chicken Cuddles my first […]

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Flystrike: a chicken killer.
Cuddles beats the odds again.

    My heart sank as soon as I opened up the coop doors to let everyone out for the morning.  Every morning the routine is the same and this morning was no different.  Wake up, pad downstairs, throw my […]

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Give your tomatoes a weave.
Pruning and supporting tomatoes.

Please enjoy this photo of me literally smiling up at nothing. I am not looking at anything or anyone. I am alone in my garden but wanted a photo of me with my tomatoes for the blog but when I […]

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Planting the Sweet Potato Slips

I kind of left you hanging there with the whole sweet potato slips thing.  Sorry about that but I was busy.  I couldn’t tell you what I was busy with, all I know is that “I was busy” is a […]

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Today we’re going to learn all about Asparagus. Boys versus Girls.

Asparagus!   I don’t mean to boast, (but really I do) but I have quite a knack when it comes to growing asparagus.  For those of you who don’t know, Asparagus is one of the very few perennial vegetables around. […]

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I’m a Jackass. No really. I am actually a Jackass.

How to make and use a DIY soil grader.   photo by Leo Muzzin DIY soil grader! What you need. A wood pallet with most of the wood removed. A couple of ropes. The ability to act like an Ass.  Or horse. […]

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Getting my mess of a community garden ready to roll.

  I’m spending this week getting my 20′ x 40′ garden plot ready.  20 feet x 40 feet doesn’t sound very big until you have to dig every inch of it up.  Then it’s big.  It’s very big.  Clown shoes big. […]

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Disclaimer and Stuff:

Although I have remained unscathed, I am not responsible if you hurt yourself while cleaning your gutters or trying to tame a chipmunk.