The Borage, the Hornworm, and the Bumble Bee

What do you plant in your garden every year…every single year?

I’ve tried with every garden for our own trinity of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. It just seems we use those three items more than any other. Tim loves pickles, I love peppers, and we both love BLTs — I mean tomatoes.

And I always […]

Blooming Today in the Shenandoah Valley

After that bleak winter, the farm is still exploding with pretty blooms! I’ve added a few new plants, thanks to shopping with Mom and NSVMGA’s annual Garden Fest. In fact, I’m having a hard time making myself work in the vegetable garden because I just want to weed and plan and add more pretty bloomers.


A Wren and Her Babies Claim the Marigolds

I can’t plant my marigolds or yarrow. I’m only a little upset about that as I watch my lovingly seeded and nurtured marigolds outgrow their tiny cell packs. Even when I can plant them, I’m not sure how many I’ll get.

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Why? A bird (wren, I assume) decided to build […]

Peonies Blooming

I know I owe you several updates about our flowers blooming here in in the Shenandoah Valley, so let’s start with the peonies! I’m actually cutting them and enjoying them in the house in the year. The reasons are twofold — 1) the blooms suffer in the heat and sudden downpours and 2) the flowers […]