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This day five years ago

Five years ago I grew my own tomatoes from seeds and grew a couple of unusual heirlooms that I got from C&T. I remember the persimmon and pineapple tomatoes were particularly good. The tomato plants were dying by time I put this picture up. I think this is all that I got that year. I

Thinning

The thing I hate most about gardening is thinning. I always want to keep all the plants alive — if they got started, the little fellas deserve a chance to live and try to thrive! I try to avoid thinning whenever I can, but today I had to bite the bullet and thin out some

A big harvest!

I admit I’ve been avoiding the garden a little bit out of guilt for burning the plants last week. I’ve been out to check for additional deer damage and such, but I’ve not made any attempt to do anything other than that. Today I went out and found that several tomatoes had turned red, seemingly

Youth Conference Pains

I received a text from my Young Women President roomie today: I so remember this. For our last youth conference I managed to be in Morocco — but I ended up having to leave my minivan so the bishop could use it to drive a load of kids the 3 hours there and back to

Wednesday Update – Self-inflicted Wounds

I’m posting this a day late, but I took most all these pictures yesterday: I did my spraying (no Miracle-Gro again this week). At the end I had a little bit of leftover fungicide/insecticide mix left and so I just tossed it around on some plants. They say wise people learn from their mistakes and

Honoring Women’s Authority at Church

I’ve written before about how frustrating I find our cultural practice of inviting the wives of Men With Big Callings to speak. I was listening to a podcast about a tangential topic today, and it occurs to me that instead of asking the wives of Men With Big Callings to speak, we should be asking

2019 First “Real” Tomato

Today was the day! I finally got my first “real” (non-cherrry) tomato! Let’s also talk about what a sorry tomato Early Girl is. The plants are prone to disease, and the tomatoes are NOT early. They are the last to put on fruit again this year. I’m not going to waste space in my garden

On eyesight and age

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed my eyes have started to go fuzzy. Everyone told me it would happen when I hit my forties, and I ignored them, believing myself to be the exceptional exception. Turn out I’m not exceptional after all. My eyes are getting worse and worse. I can still read at a

Skipping the Miracle

Today was my weekly Wednesday garden spray, but I decided to give the plants a rest and did not apply any Miracle-Gro this week. I want the tomatoes to be able to put their energy into ripening some of these green tomatoes instead of making leaves, and I think it’s probably a good idea to